Team Nutrition Grants

Team Nutrition is an initiative of the U.S.

Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to support their Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support
for healthy eating and physical activity.



Team Nutrition Training Grants for Healthy School Meals have been identified in USDA's national Strategic Plan for Training and Technical Assistance as one of the anchor delivery systems for supporting the implementation of USDA's nutrition requirements and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in Child Nutrition programs.

Team Nutrition's goal is to improve children's lifelong eating and physical activity habits by using the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Food Guidance System.



FY 2015 (Competitive) Team Nutrition Training Grant Objectives

In FY 2015, State agencies were able to apply for a competitive Team Nutrition Training Grant.

The objectives of the FY 2015 competitive grant included:
1. Use behavioral economics in the NSLP and/or CACFP to develop environmental cues to increase children?s choice of whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and legumes.


2. Provide training for child nutrition foodservice staff on implementing the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans, applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge, maximizing the use of USDA Foods, and meeting meal pattern requirements.


3. Provide schools or child care providers participating in the USDA Child Nutrition programs with technical assistance to create and maintain a healthier school or child care environment, including strategies supporting implementation and evaluation of wellness policies as specified in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.

In FY 2015, State agencies could apply for up to $350,000 in funding through the competitive grants program, and these grants had a two year period of performance.



FY 2016 (Competitive) Team Nutrition Training Grant Objectives

In FY 2016, State agencies will be able to apply for a competitive Team Nutrition Training Grant.

The objectives of the FY 2016 competitive grant include:
1. Assist students participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs with meeting the recommendations set forth in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans by providing appealing and nutritious meals, nutrition education, and school environments that are conducive to healthy eating.
2. Improve the nutritional content of meals and snacks offered in child care centers and family day care homes participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to be consistent with healthy eating patterns and to assist young children with meeting the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

In FY 2016, State agencies can apply for up to $500,000 in funding through the competitive grants program, and these grants will have a three year period of performance.



Healthier US School Challenge has its own separate CFDA number ? 10.543

FY 2017 Team Nutrition Training Grant Objectives
In FY 2017, State agencies will be able to apply for a competitive Team Nutrition Training Grant.

The objectives of the FY 2017 competitive grant include:
1. Assist schools/districts administering NSLP and SBP programs in providing: 1) appealing and nutritious school meals, 2) nutrition education, and 3) school environments that promote healthy eating; ultimately encouraging students to follow healthy eating patterns which align with the recommendations set forth in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.



2. Improve the nutritional content of meals and snacks offered in child care centers and family day care homes participating in the CACFP to be consistent with the updated CACFP meal patterns and to assist participating children with following healthy eating patterns that align with the recommendations set forth in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.



In FY 2017, State agencies can apply for up to $500,000 in funding through the competitive grants program, and these grants will have a three year period of performance.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: FY 2016 (Competitive) Team Nutrition Training Grants On September 6, 2016, the FY16 Team Nutrition Training Grants were awarded to 14 State agencies.

A summary of individual state activities can be found on the Team Nutrition Web site at http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/2016-training-grants.

The two largest competitive awards for FY 2016 were to Colorado ($499,707) and Maryland ($499,821). The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Child and Adult Care Food Program (Colorado CACFP) will develop and implement Colorado CHOP: Cooking up Healthy Options with Plants, a geographically targeted farm to child care program designed to increase children?s consumption of fresh, seasonal, and local fruits and vegetables.

Colorado CACFP will collaborate with local stakeholders to offer a three tiered intervention that incorporates culinary trainings, nutrition education using Team Nutrition?s Grow It, Try It, Like It! kit, and gardening activities.

Colorado CACFP will assess the effectiveness of grant activity components by comparing the following interventions: 1) one-day group culinary training of 100 CACFP providers and 25 partners alone; 2) one-day group culinary training and garden-based nutrition education sub-grants in 25 day care center and homes; and 3) one-day group culinary training, garden-based nutrition education sub-grants, and culinary coaching in 16 child care centers and homes.

Colorado CACFP will collect evaluation data using the Minnesota Department of Education?s Mealtime Assessment for Child Care Centers Scorecard, the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self- Assessment for Child Care (Go NAP SACC), the Oregon?s Harvest for Healthy Kids Food Preference Assessment, the Fruit and Vegetable Inventory Tool, and the Washington State University Master Gardener Program Evaluation Tool. Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) will develop and implement local training and technical assistance for school nutrition professionals from 16 schools on school food service operations, culinary skills, and Smarter Lunchrooms strategies.

MSDE will develop a nutrition education toolkit for secondary schools and train Health/PE teachers from 16 schools to use them.

Students and parents will participant in school meal surveys and food taste testing activities to identify ways to improve school meal offerings.

A Parent and Family Wellness Toolkit will be developed and disseminated to support local wellness policy implementation at the school level.

MSDE will evaluate grant activities by measuring changes in school meal participation rates, students? selection of dark green and red/orange vegetables and beans/peas at school lunch, and implementation of local school wellness policies through the Maryland Wellness Policies and Practices Project survey and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?s School Health Index.

Fiscal Year 2017: The Request for Applications for the FY 2017 Team Nutrition Training Grants was posted on grants.gov and the Team Nutrition web site on March 6, 2017.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See the FNS Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Education, Michigan Department Of $ 381,739   2020-02-102023-09-30
Education, Michigan Department Of $ 2,496,428   2019-09-302023-09-30
Mississippi State Department Of Education $ 2,897,356   2019-12-232022-12-31
Education, Illinois State Board Of $ 271,149   2020-11-012022-09-30
Education, California Department Of $ 300,000   2020-11-012022-09-30
Education, Virginia Department Of $ 276,840   2020-11-012022-09-30
Public Instruction, Washington State Superintendent Of $ 259,338   2020-11-012022-09-30
Public Instruction, Wisconsin Dept Of $ 298,662   2020-11-012022-09-30
Education, Nebraska Department Of $ 299,649   2020-11-012022-09-30
Education, Michigan Department Of $ 296,573   2020-11-012022-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: FY 2016(Competitive) Team Nutrition Training Grants For FY 2016 14 state agencies received competitive Team Nutrition Training Grants on September 6, 2016. Full summaries of grant-funded projects can be found on the Team Nutrition Training Grants Web site at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/2016-training-grants. Fiscal Year 2017: FY 2017 Team Nutrition Training Grants have not yet been awarded. Fiscal Year 2018: No information available at this time.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Team Nutrition Training Grants provide discretionary funding to assist State agencies administering the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs (NSLP and SBP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in achieving the Team Nutrition goal of improving children's lifelong eating and physical activity habits using the most current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

States may award sub-grants to schools and institutions in NSLP, SBP, and CACFP, following the established oversight procedure as well as the Guidance for Interpreting Cost Principles of Sub-Grants.

Activities funded through FY 2015, 2016, and 2017 Team Nutrition Training Grants programs employ or will employ the three behavior-focused strategies of Team Nutrition: ? Provide training and technical assistance to child nutrition professionals to enable them to prepare and serve nutritious meals that appeal to children. ? Increase nutrition education through multiple communication channels to help children have the knowledge, skills, and motivation to make healthy food and physical activity choices as part of a healthy lifestyle. ? Build support for healthy school and child care environments that encourage nutritious food choices and physically active lifestyles.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State agencies that administer the Child Nutrition Programs (e.g., NSLP, SBP, CACFP) may apply for a Team Nutrition Training Grant.

States agencies must apply individually, and only one agency per State may apply each year.

Beneficiary Eligibility

School decision makers, school food service staff, students, parents, teachers, childcare professionals, and educators.

Credentials/Documentation

Competitive FY 2015, 2016, and 2017 Team Nutrition Training Grants State agencies must administer the Child Nutrition Programs (e.g., NSLP, SBP, CACFP). Applicants must prove ability to provide a competent experienced staff and other resources to assure adequate development, supervision and execution of Team Nutrition Training Grant activities. In addition, applicants are required to submit a written proposal which includes a description of the training issue or issues to be addressed, the proposed project approach, the rationale for it, specific program objectives, activities, and budget. A properly executed agreement between USDA Food and Nutrition Service and the State agency is necessary before funds can be allocated. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. FY 2016 and FY 2017 Team Nutrition Training Grants In addition to the aforementioned credentials/documentation, in FY 2016 and FY 2017 State agencies applying for a competitive Team Nutrition Training Grant had to include a social scientist as key project staff in their proposal. A letter of support and curriculum vitae (CV)/resume has to be included in the application package submitted to grants.gov. This social scientist should have experience in evaluating public health programs and will serve as the evaluation lead for the State?s project. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

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.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must submit a complete application to USDA Food and Nutrition Service via grants.gov by the deadline specified. FY 2015 (Competitive) Team Nutrition Training Grants In FY 2015, State agencies were able to apply for up to $350,000 in competitive grants. The grant period of performance was two years (2015-2017). FY 2016 (Competitive) Team Nutrition Training Grants In FY 2016, State agencies were able to apply for up to $500,000 in competitive grants. The grant period of performance was three years (2016-2019). FY 2017 Team Nutrition Training Grants In FY 2017, State agencies are able to apply for up to $500,000 in competitive grants. The grant period of performance is three years (2017-2020).

Award Procedures

All applications that meet the published deadline for submission will be screened for completeness and conformity to the requirements as announced in the RFA package. FY 2015, 2016 , and 2017 (Competitive) Team Nutrition Training Grants Competitive grants are reviewed by a technical review panel composed of USDA Food and Nutrition Service staff which convenes to determine the technical merit of each grant application, provide a numerical score for each application, and make recommendations to selecting officials.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Team Nutrition Training Grants are authorized under Public Law 111-296, which amended Section 19 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Once the application is received from the State agency, it is approximately 3 to 4 months before announcement of the Team Nutrition Training Grant awards.

Appeals

From 30 to 60 days.

Renewals

Not applicable for the TN Training Grants.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

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

2015 (Competitive) Team Nutrition Training Grants The grant period of performance is two years within Federal fiscal years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit. FY 2016 and FY 2017(Competitive) Team Nutrition Training Grants The grant period of performance is three years within Federal fiscal years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Quarterly financial reports are required.

Quarterly progress reports are required.

Quarterly SF-425 financial reports are required, submitted electronically.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

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. 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.

Records

State agencies must maintain records as necessary to support the use of Team Nutrition Training Grant funds in accordance with the Grant Agreement. Such records must be retained for a period of 3 years after the date of submission of the final report for the fiscal year to which the records pertain, except that if audit findings have not been resolved, the records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period as long as required for the resolution of the issues raised by the audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-3539-0-1-605.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $6,709,581; FY 17 est $5,600,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - FY 2015 (Competitive) Team Nutrition Training Grants: $5,643,324 FY 2016 (Competitive) Team Nutrition Training Grants: $6,709,581 FY 2017 Team Nutrition Training Grants In FY 2017, USDA anticipates awarding approximately $5,500,000 in FY 2017 Team Nutrition Training Grants. However, the amount of funds available for these grants, and the specific types of grants that will be made available, has not yet been confirmed.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 2015 (Competitive) Team Nutrition Training Grants In FY 2015, State agencies could apply for up to $350,000 in competitive grants, and competitive awards ranged from $141,054 to $349,984. Average award per State agency was $297,017.05. FY 2016 (Competitive) Team Nutrition Training Grants In FY 2016, State agencies could apply for up to $500,000 in competitive grants. Awards have been accepted by States. FY 2017 (Competitive) Team Nutrition Training Grants In FY 2017, State agencies could apply for up to $500,000 in competitive grants.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Refer to 2 CFR Part 200

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See the FNS Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Cynthia Long, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center Drive Room 6th Floor, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Cindy.Long@fns.usda.gov Phone: (703) 305-2590.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Technical Review Criteria, which are furnished to all applicants in the RFA package are used by the review panel to score and rank Team Nutrition Training Grant applications. Categories for the Team Nutrition Training Grants (both competitive and non-competitive) criteria are Project Design, Evaluation, Qualifications of Grant Personnel, and Budget.


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