Fiscal Year 2016: Double UP Food Bucks Flint: The Double Up Food Bucks in Flint, continues to enable any fruit, vegetable or milk purchase with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to earn customers matching Double Up Food bucks that can be spent on additional fresh produce.
The new transaction technology pioneered in Flint is allowing shoppers to carry their benefits on a Double Up card between the farmers? market and participating stores in Flint.
This technology is being expanded to additional sites that will launch in Flint in 2017, as well as two (2) new regions statewide.
From June 1, 2016 through June 30th, 2017, in Flint, SNAP customers have brought home $277,689 worth of additional fresh fruits and vegetables.
A 141% increase compared to the same time-period a year earlier.
Fiscal Year 2017: The ?fresh Checks for Fresh Produce in the Takoma/Langley Crossroads? Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Project aims to bring affordable, fresh fruits and vegetables to the Takoma/Langley Crossroads community, a primarily immigrant, low-income area that straddles Maryland?s Montgomery and Prince George?s Counties just outside Washington, D.C.
The goal of the project is to increase purchases of locally grown, culturally appropriate, fresh fruits and vegetables among 1,000 SNAP shoppers at the established Crossroads Farmers Market and in the market?s growing Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program through expansion of the Fresh Checks incentive program.
By providing incentives to double the amount of produce low-income shoppers can buy, they will increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, leading to improved nutrition, and thereby, health.
The FARMACY Health Improvement Program will provide vouchers at a dollar per day per household member to qualifying patients at the MCHEC clinic facilities to be redeemed at local farmer?s markets for the purchase of fresh, locally-produced fruits and vegetables in Southeast Kentucky.
In order to qualify for the program, patients will have one (1) of the following medical conditions: pregnant; juvenile onset diabetes; adult onset diabetes; hypertension; and/or obesity.
The program is also working closely with the Bell County University of Kentucky agricultural extension office.
Fiscal Year 2018: Information is not yet available.
Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date.
Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.
|Recipient||Amount||Start Date||End Date|
|Freshfarm Markets, Inc.||$ 1,426,146||   ||2021-09-01||2025-08-31|
|New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association||$ 3,292,364||   ||2021-09-01||2025-08-31|
|Community Services Unlimited, Inc||$ 500,000||   ||2021-09-01||2025-08-31|
|Harvest Home Farmer's Market, Inc.||$ 500,000||   ||2021-09-01||2025-08-31|
|Arkansas Coalition For Obesity Prevention||$ 500,000||   ||2021-09-01||2025-08-31|
|Hunger Solutions Minnesota||$ 1,238,830||   ||2021-09-01||2025-08-31|
|Pinnacle Prevention Corp.||$ 4,249,344||   ||2021-09-01||2025-08-31|
|Yolo, County Of||$ 500,000||   ||2021-09-01||2025-08-31|
|Feeding Florida, Inc.||$ 4,975,028||   ||2021-09-01||2025-08-31|
|West Virginia Food And Farm Coalition, Inc.||$ 650,000||   ||2021-08-01||2025-07-31|
Fiscal Year 2016: NIFA panel reviewed 77 proposals; and 27 projects were awarded for performance periods of up to four (4) years. Total awards were $16,776,000. The success rate was 35%. Fiscal Year 2017: NIFA panel reviewed 85 applications and 32 projects were awarded for performance periods of up to four (4) years. Total awards were $16,758,000. The success rate was 38%. Fiscal Year 2018: It is projected that 85 applications will be received and 35 awards will be granted in FY 2018, totaling $21,015,000.
Uses and Use Restrictions
The FINI grant program projects will provide incentives to low-income consumers participating in SNAP to increase their purchase of fruits and vegetables.
These projects will be evaluated for their success in increasing the purchase of fruits and vegetables and improving nutrition and health outcomes.
Proposals must have the support of the State agency, provide incentives at the point of sale, and include effective and efficient technologies for benefit redemption systems that could be replicated.
All FINI grant program recipients will be required to participate in a comprehensive FINI program evaluation conducted by an independent evaluator and conduct a self-evaluation of their own project.
The applicant shall perform a substantive portion of the project and no more than 50 percent of FINI Projects (FP), FINI Pilot Projects (FPP), and FINI Large Scale Projects (FLSP) as determined by budget expenditures, may be subawarded.
NIFA will allow applicants to indicate in their proposal if they intend to subgrant more than 50% of the award.
This deviation will require NIFA approval.
Projects may divide their budget allocations between partners as it fits their work plan.
(For additional knowledge or expertise that is not available within the applicant organization, funds for expert consultation may be included in the ?All Other Direct Costs? section of the proposed budget.) When preparing budgets, applicants should limit their request for the recovery of indirect costs to the official negotiated indirect cost rate or the de minimis rate of 10% of modified total direct costs (MTDC).
Any non-Federal entity that has never received a negotiated indirect cost rate may elect to charge a de minimis rate of 10% of modified total direct costs (MTDC).
When NIFA is not the cognizant Federal agency.
The applicant should use the current negotiated indirect cost rate established by its cognizant Federal agency (the agency that provides the most funds).
If awarded, the applicant will be required to produce a negotiated indirect cost rate agreement from the cognizant agency in order to recover indirect costs.
Applicants may request (i.e., budget) indirect costs using the lesser of: (a) the negotiated rate; or (b) the maximum statutory rate stated in the RFA, if any.
If unable to obtain a negotiated rate from its cognizant agency, the applicant is not permitted indirect cost reimbursement.
Rather, the applicant may only be reimbursed for allowable direct costs.
Violation of Cost Accounting Standards is not permitted when re-budgeting or charging costs to awards. When NIFA is the cognizant Federal agency.
If the applicant does not have a negotiated rate, and NIFA is the cognizant agency, the applicant must calculate an indirect cost rate in order to request indirect costs.
NIFA?s indirect cost website provides several sample indirect cost rate calculations.
NIFA?s website is found at: http://nifa.usda.gov/business/indirect_cost_process.html. During the application process, the applicant is not required to complete the entire indirect cost package identified on NIFA?s website.
Rather, the applicant need only calculate an indirect cost rate to serve as a basis for requesting indirect costs.
If awarded, the applicant will be required to submit a complete Indirect Cost Proposal (ICP) package, as explained on NIFA?s indirect cost website In the case of a for-profit entity, the non-Federal share of the award cannot include services of an employee, including salaries paid or expenses covered by the employer.
Eligible entities include governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Eligible entities include governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations.
The System for Award Management (SAM) combines eight federal procurement systems, including CCR, and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. CCR activities are conducted through SAM (the CCR website will redirect users to SAM). Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM): Each applicant (unless excepted under 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR § 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) Provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. It also must state that the Federal awarding agency may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant. Applicants must furnish the information required in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs). Successful applicants recommended for funding must furnish the information and assurances requested during the award documentation process. These include, but are not limited to the following: Organizational Management Information - Specific management information relating to an applicant shall be submitted on a one time basis, with updates on an as needed basis, as part of the responsibility determination prior to the award of a grant identified under this RFA, if such information has not been provided previously under this or another NIFA program. NIFA will provide copies of forms recommended for use in fulfilling these requirements as part of the preaward process. Although an applicant may be eligible based on its status as one of these entities, there are factors which may exclude an applicant from receiving Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits under this program (e.g., debarment or suspension of an individual involved or a determination that an applicant is not responsible based on submitted organizational management information). This information collection is approved under OMB Circular Control No. 0524-0026, ?Assurance of Compliance with the Department of Agriculture Regulations Assuring Civil Rights, Compliance and Organization Information.? SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-insecurity-nutrition-incentive-fini-grant-program RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
Aplication and Award Process
All Requests for Applications (RFAs) are published on the Agency?s website and Grants.gov.
Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process.
All applicants must have the support of the State agency prior to submitting a proposal.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) only accepts electronic applications which are submitted via Grants.gov in response to specific Requests for Applications (RFA). Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. For information about the pre-award phase of the grant lifecycle application processes see: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants/grants-101/pre-award-phase.html. Further, applicants must follow the instructions provided in the NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide, which can be assessed as follows: Adobe NIFA Applications. 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-insecurity-nutrition-incentive-fini-grant-program RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Applications are subjected to a system of peer and merit review in accordance with section 103 of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7613) by a panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, the NIFA Authorized Departmental Officer (ADO) shall make grants to those responsible, eligible applicants whose applications are judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth in the RFA. Reviewers will be selected based upon training and experience in relevant scientific, extension, or education fields, taking into account the following factors: (a) The level of relevant formal scientific, technical education, or extension experience of the individual, as well as the extent to which an individual is engaged in relevant research, education, or extension activities; (b) the need to include as reviewers experts from various areas of specialization within relevant scientific, education, or extension fields; (c) the need to include as reviewers other experts (e.g., producers, range or forest managers/operators, and consumers) who can assess relevance of the applications to targeted audiences and to program needs; (d) the need to include as reviewers experts from a variety of organizational types (e.g., colleges, universities, industry, state and Federal agencies, private profit and non-profit organizations) and geographic locations; (e) the need to maintain a balanced composition of reviewers with regard to minority and female representation and an equitable age distribution; and (f) the need to include reviewers who can judge the effective usefulness to producers and the general public of each application. Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFA). 2 CFR 200 ? Subpart C and Appendix I and 2 CFR part 400 apply to this Program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-insecurity-nutrition-incentive-fini-grant-program RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
The Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-79) amended Section 4405 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 7517) and established the competitive grant program, the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program (FINI).
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 30 to 60 days. Contact the National Program Leader (NPL), as indicated per CFDA Section # 152 ? Headquarters Office regarding dates for specific deadlines, start and end dates, and range of approval/disapproval time. Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the Grants.gov website. NIFA?s respective links regarding general information are provided below: http://nifa.usda.gov/ http://www.grants.gov. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-insecurity-nutrition-incentive-fini-grant-program RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Not Applicable. 2 CFR Part 200 ? Subparts D & E apply to this program.
Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA), which are generally published annually. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-insecurity-nutrition-incentive-fini-grant-program.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 100%. This program has a 100% match requirement with non-Federal funds. This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
In accordance with statutory time limits, project periods, including no-cost extensions of time, are not to exceed five (5) years. Further details are provided in the Award document Form NIFA-2009 and the NIFA General Terms and Conditions Grants and Cooperative Agreements (dated October 2016) at: https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-insecurity-nutrition-incentive-fini-grant-program RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Post Assistance Requirements
REEport GRANT REPORTING:
All grant reporting must be completed using the Research, Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport).
Initial reporting (item a.
below) is to be submitted through the REEport system.
Annual progress and final reporting (items b.
below) also is to be done through the REEport system.
Information on REEport can be found on NIFA?s web site at https://nifa.usda.gov/tool/reeport and the REEport software can be found at http://portal.nifa.usda.gov.
Initial Documentation in the REEport Database-- Research, Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport) All projects must be documented in REEport.
The NIFA contact for all REEport documentation is: REEport National Institute of Food and Agriculture U.S.
Department of Agriculture STOP 2213 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C.
20250-2213 Telephone: (202) 690-0009 E-mail: email@example.com b.
Annual Progress Reports. All projects must report annually into REEport.
An annual Progress Report is due 90 calendar days after the award?s anniversary date (i.e., one year following the month and day of which the project period begins and each year thereafter up until a final report is required).
An annual Progress Report covers the most recent one-year period.
The following information, when applicable, must be included in the Project Modifications section of the annual Progress Report. 1) A comparison of actual accomplishments with the goals established for the reporting period (where the output of the project can be expressed readily in numbers, a computation of the cost per unit of output should be submitted if the information is considered useful); (2) The reasons for slippage if established goals were not met; and (3) Additional pertinent information including, when appropriate, analysis and explanation of cost overruns or unexpectedly high unit costs. c.
Final Technical Report The Final Technical Report is required within 90 calendar days after the expiration or termination of the award.
The Final Technical Report covers the entire period of performance of the award and must describe progress made during the entire timeframe of the project instead of covering accomplishments made only during the final reporting segment of the project.
In addition to supplying the information required under item b.
of this article, the final report must include the following when applicable: Identify equipment purchased with any Federal funds under the award and indicate subsequent use of such equipment. FINANCIAL REPORTING: As outlined in 2 CFR 200.327, the recipient must submit financial status reports by the frequency required in the terms and conditions of the award.
The following are the financial reporting requirements for NIFA. Federal Financial Report, Form SF-425: NIFA uses the SF-425, Federal Financial Report to monitor cash.
A ?Federal Financial Report,? Form SF-425, is due on an annual basis no later than 90 days following the end of the award anniversary date (i.e., one year following the month and day when the project period begins and each year thereafter up until a final report is required).
An annual Progress Report covers the most recent one-year period.
A final ?Federal Financial Report,? Form SF-425, is due 90 days after the expiration date of this award.
The report must be submitted to the Awards Management Division (AMD) as a pdf attachment to an email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If questions are encountered regarding financial reporting requirements, please contact: Awards Management Division (AMD) Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) STOP 2271 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-2271 Telephone: (202) 401-4986 SPECIAL NOTES: (1) Refer to the Competitive Requests for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details.
RFAs are generally released annually and provide the most current and accurate information available.
Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. (2) The details of the reporting requirements are included in the NIFA General Terms and Conditions Grants and Cooperative Agreements (dated October 2016). (3) Further guidance is provided under 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR Part 400, USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Cash reports are not applicable.
PROGRESS REPORTS: See above for pertinent and specific details.
EXPENDITURE REPORTS: See above for pertinent and specific details.
PERFORMANCE MONITORING: See above for pertinent and specific details.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General.
In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, § 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least three (3) years. Records must be retained beyond the three (3) year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved. 2 CFR 200 Subpart D applies to this program.
(Project Grants) FY 16 $16,776,000; FY 17 est $16,758,000; and FY 18 est $21,015,000 - SPECIAL NOTES: (1) The difference between the appropriation and obligation numbers reflects legislative authorized set-asides deducted as appropriate, and in some cases the availability of obligational authority from prior years.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
If minimum or maximum amounts of funding per competitive and/or capacity project grant, or cooperative agreement are established, these amounts will be announced in the annual Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-insecurity-nutrition-incentive-fini-grant-program.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
As an administrator of U.S. government support, NIFA works in partnership with grantees to ensure responsible stewardship of federal funds. Our grantees and partners are required to comply with all relevant rules and regulations. The following resources are provided to NIFA?s partners and award recipients to support their adherence to federal regulations governing program performance: NIFA?s primary (main) website: https://nifa.usda.gov/regulations-and-guidelines The following represent specific documents and direct links: POLICY GUIDE NIFA?s Federal Assistance Policy Guide describes agency policies and procedures. https://nifa.usda.gov/policy-guide CERTIFICATIONS AND REPRESENTATIONS Certifications and representations provided through the NIFA application process. https://nifa.usda.gov/certifications-and-representations ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF USDA SUPPORT BY NIFA When acknowledging USDA support in accordance with 2 CFR Part 415, grantees must use the following acknowledgement for all projects or initiatives supported by NIFA. https://nifa.usda.gov/acknowledgment-usda-support-nifa FEDERAL REGULATIONS The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) lists all regulations published in the Federal Register. https://nifa.usda.gov/federal-regulations FOIA The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal documents and information such as research data. https://nifa.usda.gov/foia NEPA POLICY AND GUIDANCE The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Policy and Guidance set the standard for identifying potential environmental impacts. https://nifa.usda.gov/nepa-policy-and-guidance OGFM ISSUED CORRESPONDENCE The Office of Grants and Financial Management occasionally issues correspondence to applicants, grantees, and/or the general public for informational or clarification purposes. https://nifa.usda.gov/ogfm-issued-correspondence RESEARCH MISCONDUCT NIFA requires that all its awardees adhere to the USDA Scientific Integrity Policy and the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct. https://nifa.usda.gov/research-misconduct NIFA?S GENERAL AWARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS Award terms and conditions are determined by statutory, regulatory, and agency requirements, as well as each grant?s circumstances. Terms and conditions dictate important items related to your grant, including method of payment, reporting frequency and content, and prior approval requirements. References to the terms and conditions of awards are located on the NIFA 2009 Award Fact Sheet. NIFA's general award terms and conditions (see link below) is applicable to this program, for awards with an award date on December 26, 2014 and thereafter. https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016.
Regional or Local Office
USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition (IFSN), 1400 Independence Ave., SW STOP 2255, Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: Policy@nifa.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-0740 Fax: (202) 401-4888
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-insecurity-nutrition-incentive-fini-grant-program.
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