Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center

University of Kentucky lead by Dr.

Ann Vail was selected through a competitive process as the grantee that would establish the USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center.

The roles of this Center include:
? developing and administering a series of sub-grants pertinent to the purposes
of this grant
? coordinating relevant grant-related activities among sub-grantees and researchers
? conducting an evaluation of subgrantees? programs, and
? widely disseminating information on communities? implementation strategies and evaluation findings.

The goal of the Center is to reduce child food insecurity by improving Child Nutrition Assistance program coordination with other nutrition assistance programs or services in persistently poor rural counties.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2015: NA: Projects will only be funded in FY16.

Fiscal Year 2016: Funded Counties are listed below.

Project descriptions can be found at Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity, Inc.

(MS) PreK-12 and Beyond (LA) Center for Community and Economic Development, Inc.

(SC) The Chickasaw Nation (OK) Action Pathways (Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina) Crisp County Community Council (GA) Summit School District #54-6 (SD) Auburn University-Alabama Cooperative Extension System (AL) East Arkansas Enterprise Community (AR) The University of Tennessee (Jackson County) The University of Tennessee (Lake County) Texas Hunger Initiative; Baylor University (TX) The Family Center Food Bank of the Delta (AR) West Alabama AHEC (AL) Clinton County Community Foundation (KY) Whiteville City Schools (NC) Fulton County Schools (KY).

Fiscal Year 2017: NA: Projects will only be funded in FY16.

Grants for this Program

Agency - Department of Agriculture

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Kentucky Research Foundation, The $ 2,382,020   2015-04-012019-03-31
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2015: RFA, scorecard, and electronic link to application developed (May - July, 2015) RFA announcement distributed (7/24/15) RCPNC RFA Press Release (7/31/15). Fiscal Year 2016: RFA grant application reviewers trained RFA applications submitted and reviewed Sub-grantees selected Sub-grantee workshop in Alexandria, VA Video recordings of workshop delivered to FNS Sub-grantee webinars and support Formation of Anti-Hunger Panel Conference calls with project officer at FNS Quarterly reports submitted Annual report submitted. Fiscal Year 2017: Sub-grantees finalize workplans and community needs assessments Webinars Qualitative interviews with sub-grantees General program monitoring of activities and expenses.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This Request for Applications (RFA) was open to all Accredited Colleges/Universities, and Private or Public Research Institutions.

These are requirements for the selected recipient of the Cooperative Agreement, not any potential sub-grantees. The University of Kentucky will be awarding sub-grants to government or non-profit organizations at the state or local (city or county) level located in 324 persistently poor counties in 15 States identified by USDA-FNS as having the highest number of persistently poor counties (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia).

All sub-grantee projects must include a needs assessment in their community, along with strategies to address identified needs.

Sub-grantees will also receive training on effectively implementing and managing projects from the RCPNC team, and will also be responsible for working with the RCPNC evaluation team to provide quarterly status updates and obtain and collect relevant evaluation data, including common measures across projects.

Funds must be used to support projects in the persistently poor counties in the 15 States with the highest number of persistently poor counties (see list in Appendix A of RFA).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The grant is to be used to establish grants and cooperative agreements to identify, develop and undertake projects to meet Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) program needs and the food, nutrition, and health needs of program eligible participants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Cooperative agreements are awarded to State and local governments, hospitals, non-profit organizations and accredited colleges/universities. This is a requirement for the selected recipient of the grants and cooperative agreements, not the sub-grantees. Cooperative agreement recipients are to award sub-grants aimed at identifying, developing, and evaluating interventions and innovative approaches to strengthen the impact of Food and Nutrition Service programs on the food, nutrition, and health of program eligible participants.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. All applications had to be submitted electronically through Applicants were only allowed to submit paper-copy applications under extenuating circumstances, such as outages of the website that can be substantiated by a valid case number with the support center.

Award Procedures

FNS pre-screened all applications to ensure that they contain the required documents and information, including but not limited to: all supporting documentation, the narrative proposal, Letters of Commitment, and Agreement to Cooperate with FNS. Complete applications needed to be submitted by eligible applicants, meet all other eligibility requirements stated in this RFA, submitted on or before the required deadlines, and be in the required format. If an application did not include all appropriate information, FNS will consider the application to be non-responsive and will eliminate it from further evaluation. FNS assembled an evaluation panel to review and determine the technical merits of each application. The evaluation criteria discussed below was reviewed by a panel of evaluators and used to score proposals. The proposals were ranked by score starting with the highest score. The panel presented their recommendation to the selecting official based on this ranking. Awards were considered based on rank order, however, the selection official reserved the right to make an award out of rank order to meet agency priorities, program balance, geographical representation, or project diversity. FNS reserves the right to use this solicitation and competition to award additional grants in the next fiscal year should additional funds be made available through future appropriations.


Not Applicable.


The legislative authority for this grant announcement is Section 6(a)(3) of the National School Lunch Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The total time period for which a grant or cooperative agreement is awarded may not exceed 60 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funding will be made to successful recipients as specified in the terms of the grant or cooperative agreement with Food and Nutrition Service or as applicable under federal regulation requirements. The total funds will be released incrementally over the award years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are required according to the terms of the grant or cooperative agreement with Food and Nutrition Service or as applicable under federal regulation requirements.

Report SF-PPR is to be filed by the recipient according to the terms of the grant or cooperative agreement.

Annual Reports are required as specified in the RFA and a draft version of a journal article ready to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal is required by project completion.

No cash reports are required.

Quarterly Progress Reports are required as specified in the RFA.

Financial progress reports are submitted as specified in the RFA.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


No audits are required for this program.


Records (financial/administrative/grant) are to be maintained according to the time requirements specified in the terms of the grant, or cooperative agreement with Food and Nutrition Service or as applicable under federal regulation requirements.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 15 $56,457; FY 16 est $456,507; and FY 17 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grant and sub-grant funds will be made available on a competitive basis, subject to availability of federal funds. This grant was funded at approximately $2.5 million; $1,275,500 of which will be distributed as sub-grants with a maximum award amount of $100,000 per sub-grantee.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Devin L. Wallace-Williams 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexadria, Virginia 22302 Email: Phone: 7034576791

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See RFA.

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