Child Nutrition Discretionary Grants Limited Availability

Administrative Review and Training (ART) grants are available to State agencies to conduct additional administrative reviews of selected local educational agencies and to provide funding for state agencies to be used for oversight and training of administrative personnel on application, certification,
verification, meal counting, and meal claiming procedures.



Equipment Assistance grants are available to States agencies for providing equipment to improve school food services.



Grants to Improve Health and Nutrition were previously available to State agencies for projects that were aimed at improving the health and wellness of children in child care settings.



School Breakfast Expansion grants were previously available to eligible State agencies to provide subgrants to local educational agencies for qualifying schools to establish, maintain, or expand the School Breakfast Program.



Direct Certification Technical Assistance grants were previously available to assist States agencies in improving their direct certification processes and rates.

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 Food and Nutrition Service Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Health Services, Wisconsin Department Of $ 747,009   2019-05-132023-03-31
Inter Tribal Council Of Arizona, Inc. $ 1,048,929   2019-05-132023-03-31
Education, Connecticut Department Of $ 244,011   2019-10-012022-09-30
Elementary And Secondary Education, Massachusetts Department Of $ 465,891   2019-10-012022-09-30
Education, New Hampshire Department Of $ 47,947   2019-10-012022-09-30
Education Department, New York State $ 1,805,067   2019-10-012022-09-30
Elementary And Secondary Education, Ri Department Of $ 71,902   2019-10-012022-09-30
Education, The Virgin Islands Department Of $ 35,982   2020-04-012022-09-30
Vermont State Agency Of Education $ 40,116   2019-10-012022-09-30
Education, Maine Department Of $ 82,361   2019-10-012022-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: USDA awarded five (5) ART grants to the following states: Colorado, Florida, Idaho, New Jersey and Nevada USDA awarded six (6) DC grants to the following states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, California, District of Columbia and Maryland. USDA awarded School Equipment grants to State agencies. Fiscal Year 2017: Data not available. Fiscal Year 2018: No current data available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance can be used for specific activities authorized by Child Nutrition legislation or regulation.

In the past this has included grants to state agencies to assist local educational agencies in improving application, certification and verification, and meal counting and meal claiming procedures; grants to State agencies to improve their direct certification processes and rates; and grants to improve program access, health, and wellness of children.

There may be restrictions, as required by legislation or regulation.

Less than one percent of Child Nutrition funds are set aside for discretionary grants.

There may be restrictions, as required by legislation or regulation.

Less than one percent of Child Nutrition funds are set aside for discretionary grants.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Determined by the legislation authorizing the grants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Determined by the legislation authorizing the grants.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. 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. Application package must be submitted electronically via http://www.grants.gov

Award Procedures

Upon receipt of an application from an interested party a review is performed by the agency for eligibility and sufficiency of the Request For Applications (RFA) requirements. Subsequently, all acceptable applications are objectively reviewed by a technical panel according to established criteria set forth in the RFA. The panel makes award recommendations based on the scoring results. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) selecting official then makes the final award decisions.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1751, 1758, 1759a,1761, 1765, 1766, 1769, 1772, 1773, 1779; School Breakfast Program (SBP); Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended, Public Laws 108-265, 104-193, 100-435, 99-661, 97-35; Special Milk Program (SMP); Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended; Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP); 89 Stat. 522-525, Summer Food Service Program (SFSP); Public Law 111-5. The 2010 Agriculture Appropriations Act (Public Law 111-80).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Selection of applicants for a grant award can take from 3 to 5 months depending on the number of applications that are received.

Appeals

The RFA will provide information regarding appeals.

Renewals

The RFA will provide information regarding renewals.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of performance of the grants vary based on project plan. Grant period of performance is generally from 1 year to 4 years. Extensions to the period of performance must be approved by FNS. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Grantees are required to submit both quarterly and a final financial and program progress reports.

Grantees are required to submit quarterly and a final financial progress reports.

Grantees are required to submit quarterly and a final program progress reports.

Grantees are required to submit both quarterly and a final financial and program progress reports.

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.

Records

State agencies must maintain records as necessary to support the use of 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 must 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

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $30,000,000; FY 17 est $25,000,000; and FY 18 est $0 - School Lunch Equipment Grants. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $1,550,000; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - Direct Certification Grants. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $4,000,000; FY 17 est $4,000,000; and FY 18 est $4,000,000 - Administrative Review and Training Grants. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - Improve Health and Nutrition - no grants were awarded for 2015, 2016, 2017 or expected for 2018. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - School Breakfast Expansion, no grants were awarded for 2017. The last time grants were awarded was 2013.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For 2017 Administrative Review and Training Grants - There is no 2017 information to report since the FY 2017 grant funding will be combined with future FY 2018 grant funding in a FY 2017-2018 RFA to be released on a to be determined date. For 2017 there were no Direct Certification Grants awarded. There were additional FY 16 Direct Certification three (3) grants awarded since the last posting on this page ranged from $143,688.18 to $769,208.00. This range contains the remaining DC FY 2016 grants awarded. For 2017, the National School Lunch Equipment Assistance Grants ranged from $32,515.00 to $3,104,997.00. Grant average was $462,963.00.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

7 CFR, as applicable. Also, determined by the legislation authorizing the grants.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See the Food and Nutrition Service Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Cynthia Long, 3101 Park Center Drive Room 628, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. Phone: 703-305-2590

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are initially reviewed for eligibility and sufficiency, as defined in the RFA. Those applications that meet the criteria are reviewed by a technical panel based on specific criteria outlined in the RFA. The panel makes recommendations to the selecting official based on scoring results. The selecting official makes the final award decisions.


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