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Grants are made to State health, agriculture and other agencies (or Indian tribes, bands, or intertribal councils or groups recognized by the Department of the Interior, or the Indian Health Service of the Department of Health and Human Services.) Participating State agencies must provide program income or State, local, or private funds for the program in an amount that is equal to at least 30 percent of the administrative cost of the program except Indian Tribal Organizations which may receive a negotiated match contribution that is less than 30 percent but not less than 10 percent. The matching requirement may be satisfied from State contributions that are made for similar programs. Federal FMNP benefits (coupons) may be issued only to participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) or to persons who are on a waiting list to receive WIC benefits. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:

All State agencies that desire to receive a FMNP grant must submit, for each fiscal year, a State plan to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. States that received Federal assistance under the Farmers' Market Coupon Demonstration Project, which was administered by FNS from 1989-1992, were "grandfathered" into the FMNP by Public Law 102-314. Other States interested in participating in the FMNP must first submit a State plan to the appropriate FNS regional office for approval. Approved plans are then reviewed and evaluated by the National office (Supplemental Food Programs Division). New State agencies are then selected based on the evaluation and the availability of funds. Local FMNP sites are selected by participating State agencies based on concentration of eligible WIC participants and access to farmers' markets.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

WIC participants (i.e., pregnant, postpartum or breast feeding women; infants over 4 months of age; and children up to 5 years of age) and (at the State's discretion) those who are on a waiting list to receive WIC benefits are eligible to receive FMNP coupons. State agencies may also designate subcategories of WIC participants, e.g., pregnant and breast feeding women only, to be FMNP recipients. Credentials/Documentation:

WIC participants (except infants under 4 months of age) and persons on WIC waiting lists certified for WIC eligibility who live in areas with a FMNP are eligible to receive benefits. A signed and executed Federal/State Agreement is necessary before funds can be allocated to a participating FMNP State agency. Costs will be determined in accordance with 7 CFR Part 3016, and FNS guidelines and instructions. APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:

Preapplication Coordination:

Application is made through submission of a "State Plan of Program Operation and Administration" as required by law. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:

Farmers or farmers' markets (depending on whether State agencies have agreements with farmers or markets) located in communities with WIC Program sites may apply to be authorized to accept FMNP coupons under the program. The State agency reviews the applications for completeness and compliance with authorization requirements. The State agency contacts the farmer/farmers' market to inform them of qualification. Individual participants apply for FMNP benefits at approved local WIC agencies.

Award Procedure:

Funds are awarded by the Department on the basis of funding formulas to State agencies.

Deadlines:

A State plan for the next fiscal year is required by November 15.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:

An eligibility determination will be made within 30 days of submission. Appeals:

Farmer/farmers' market appeals: The State agency shall provide a hearing procedure whereby a farmer/farmers' market adversely affected by a State agency action may appeal the action. The right of appeal shall be granted when a farmer/farmers' market is denied or, during the course of the contract or agreement, when a farmer/farmers' market is disqualified or any other adverse action which affects participation is taken. Renewals:

This Program is authorized through September 30, 2009. ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:

Statutory formula can be found at Section 17(m)(3) of the Child Nutrition Act. As a prerequisite to the receipt of Federal funds, a State agency must agree to contribute program income or State, local or private funds equal to at least 30 percent of its administrative program cost. Indian Tribal Organizations may receive a negotiated match contribution that is less than 30 percent but not less than 10 percent. State contributions for similar programs may satisfy the State matching requirement. Provided that sufficient funds are available, each current State agency will be funded at its most recent year's level. Remaining funds are divided between current States for expansion and new States, based on a 75 to 25 percent ratio, respectively.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Grants have been released for the duration of the fiscal year using Federal Reserve Bank letters of credit. State agencies may withdraw funds only as needed.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports:

Annual reports submitted to FNS specifying the following data: Number and type of recipients (Federal and nonfederal); number of authorized farmers, farmers' markets, and farm or roadside stands; value of coupons issued and redeemed; and financial expenditure data.

Audits:

State and local agencies shall obtain either a single audit or a programspecific audit in accordance with 7 CFR 3016.26 or 3019.26 and 3052, as applicable.

Records:

State agencies must maintain full and complete records including recipient and financial data; coupon issuance and redemption data; equipment purchases and inventory; nutrition education and civil rights procedures. FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:

12-3510-0-1-605.

Obligations:

(Grants). FY 05 $19,840,000; FY 06 $19,800,000; FY 07 $19,800,000. Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

Range and Average of Financial Assistance $ 6,337 to $4,452,384; $621,155.

PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

FNS has approved the operation of the FMNP in 45 State agencies, which include 37 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and 5 Indian Tribal Organizations for fiscal year 2006, thereby increasing the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers' markets by many more WIC recipients. This is consistent with the nutrition goals of WIC and FMNP to motivate WIC participants to make healthy food choices. REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

7 CFR Part 248.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:

See Food and Nutrition Service updated regional office listed in Appendix IV.

Headquarters Office:

Supplemental Food Programs Division, Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 540, Alexandria, VA 22302. Contact Debra R. Whitford, Branch Chief. Telephone: (703) 305-2746.

Web Site Address:

http://www.fns.usda.gov./wic/. RELATED PROGRAMS:

10.550, Food Donation; 10.551, Food Stamps; 10.553, School Breakfast Program; 10.555, National School Lunch Program; 10.556, Special Milk Program for Children; 10.557, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children; 10.565, Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Not applicable.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS: Not applicable.

10.574 TEAM NUTRITION GRANTS (Team Nutrition Training Grants)

FEDERAL AGENCY:

FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF

AGRICULTURE

AUTHORIZATION:

National School Lunch Act, Section 6(a)(3) Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1996; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1997, Public Law 104-280; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1998, Public Law 105-86; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1999, Public Law 105-277; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2000, Public Law 106-78; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2001, Public Law 106-387. Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2002, Public Law 107-229 for 2003.

OBJECTIVES:

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 Guideline for Americans in school meals. Team Nutrition's (TN) goal is to improve children's lifelong eating and physical activity habits by using the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Food Guide System. TN Training Grants offer funding to state agencies to establish or enhance sustainable infrastructures for implementing TN using three behavior-focused strategies: 1) provide training and technical assistance to child nutrition food service professionals to enable them to prepare and serve nutritious meals that appeal to students; 2) promote nutrition curriculum and education in schools through multiple communication channels (i.e., food services initiatives, classroom activities, school wide events, home activities, community programs and events, and media events and coverage) to reinforce positive nutrition messages and encourage students to make healthy food physical activity choices as part of a healthy lifestyle; 3) build school and community support for creating healthy school environments that are conducive to healthy eating and physical activity.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.

USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Team Nutrition Training Grants provide funding to assist State agencies in achieving the TN 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 local school districts following the established oversight procedure as well as the Guidance for Interpreting Cost Principles of Sub-Grants.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Applicant Eligibility:

State agencies that administer the National School Lunch Program and/or Child and Adult Care Food Program may apply for a TN Training Grant. States may apply individually, or apply as a coalition within their State if there is an alternate State agency, or may establish a network and apply as a coalition of two or more different States.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

School and child care decision makers and caregivers, school and child care food service staff, and children, parents and teachers/educators. Credentials/Documentation:

State agencies must administer the National School Lunch Program and/or Child and Adult Care Food Program. Applicants must prove ability to provide a competent experienced staff and other resources to assure adequate development, supervision and execution of TN 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 addon 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 Federal/State Agreement between the Food and Nutrition Service and the State agency is necessary before funds can be allocated. APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS: Preapplication Coordination:

State agencies are furnished with a copy of the Request for Applications

(RFA) package on how to apply for a TN Training Grant. Additionally, the complete RFA is posted on the FNS Team Nutrition web site. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:

Applicants must submit a complete application to the Food and Nutrition Service by the deadline specified.

Award Procedure:

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. Grants are awarded by a competitive process via a technical review panel composed of Food and Nutrition Service staff which convenes to determine the technical merit of each grant application, provide a numerical score and make recommendations to selecting officials.

Deadlines:

The deadlines for the TN Training Grants are specified in the Request for Applications package.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:

Once the application is received from the State agency, it is approximately 3 months before announcement of the TN Training Grant awards. Appeals:

None.

Renewals:

Fiscal Year 2006 TN Training Grants have been authorized by Congress. ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:

If selected for funding State agencies will be funded at the level requested after approval of the budget. There are no matching requirements. Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

FY 1999 Grants: August 31, 1999 - August 31, 2001; FY 2000 Grants:
September 1, 2000 December 31, 2001; FY 2001 Grants: September30,
2001 - September 30, 2003; FY 2002 Grants: September 1, 2002 -
September 30, 2004; FY 2003 Grants: September 30, 2003 September 30,
2005; FY 2004 Grants: September 30, 2004 September 30, 2006; FY
2005: September 30, 2005 September 30, 2007.FY 2006: September 30,
2006 September 2009.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports:

Specified progress and financial status reports and a final project report are
to be submitted to the Food and Nutrition Service as stated in the
Federal/State TN Training Grant Agreement.

Audits:

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, State governments that expend Federal financial assistance of $500,000 or more within any fiscal year shall have either a single audit or (in certain cases) a program specific audit made for that year. Audits may be conducted less frequently under conditions specified in A-133. Records:

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

Obligations:

Obligations (Grants) FY 05 $10,038,000; FY 06 est $10,038,000, and FY 07 est $10,027,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

FY 2004 $50,000 to $200,000; $188,220. FY 2005 $50,197 to $200,000; $182,094.

PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

From 1995 through 2005, the efforts by State agencies receiving TN Training Grants have resulted in many Child Nutrition Program foodservice personnel receiving training and technical assistance to enable them to prepare and serve nutritious meals that appeal to students; creating a healthy school environment using the USDA's resource, Changing the Scene: Improving the School Nutrition Environment: A Guide to Local Action; efforts to integrate nutrition education into students learning

content standards including training and workshops provided to teachers; and many childcare and school age children enjoying healthier childcare/school meals; and students and their parents/caregivers are exposed to good nutrition information. In 2005, 32 applications were received and 21 State agencies were selected for funding for a total of $3,823,979.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

7 CFR Part 3015, 7 CFR Part 3016, 7 CFR Part 3017, 7 CFR Part 3018, 7 CFR Part 3019, 7 CFR Part 3021, and 7 CFR Part 3052. INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:

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

Headquarters Office:

Grants Management Division, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Alexandria, VA 22302. Telephone: (703) 3052867. Contact: Suzanne Pastura, Grants Management Specialist. Web Site Address:

http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/grants.html.

RELATED PROGRAMS:

None.

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

FY 2005 Grants were awarded funding to focus on assisting school districts to establish wellness policies, take the HealthierUS School Challenge, provide training for food service staff and teachers, and collaborate with existing State and local agencies and organizations that have programs and initiatives that promote healthy eating and physical activity in schools, childcare centers and homes, and/or community environments. For previous years examples of funded projects, visit http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/grants.html.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Technical Review Criteria, which are furnished to all applicants in the Request for Applications package are used by the review panel to score and rank TN Training Grant applications.

10.576 SENIOR FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM (SFMNP)

FEDERAL AGENCY:

FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

AUTHORIZATION:

Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, Public Law 107-171, 116 Stat. 334; Section 4402, 7 U.S.C. 3007. OBJECTIVES:

(1) To provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from farmers markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs to low-income seniors, and (2) to increase the consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding, developing, or aiding in the development and expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs. TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.

USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Grants are made to State departments such as health, agriculture and aging, United States territories and Federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, or any other agency approved by the chief executive officer of the State. Grant funds may be used only to support the costs of the foods that are provided under the SFMNP; no administrative funding is available.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Applicant Eligibility:

All States, United States territories, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments are eligible to apply for a grant.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Persons eligible for the program are low-income seniors, generally defined as individuals who are at least 60 years old and who have household incomes of not more than 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines (published each year by the Department of Health and Human). Some State agencies accept proof of participation or enrollment in another meanstested program, such as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program or Food Stamps, for SFMNP eligibility.

Credentials/Documentation:

In addition to submitting an application based on the requirements of the grant solicitation, potential grantees must submit a standard SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance, form. In addition, potential grantees must submit forms in which they agree to comply with USDA regulations and Office of Management and Budget circulars, including: Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments, Government-wide Debarment and Suspension; Government-wide Requirements for Drug-free Workplace; and, New Restrictions on Lobbying.

APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Preapplication Coordination:

Each State applying for a SFMNP grant must designate a lead State agency.
Each State may only submit one application on behalf of all interested
State agencies, local governments, and non-profit organizations in the
State. However, the lead State agency may make subgrants to other State
agencies, Indian tribal governments, local governments, and non-profit
organizations. Also, Indian tribal governments may make subgrants to local
governments and non-profit organizations in the areas they serve.
Interested agencies are encouraged to contact the Governor's office or
Indian tribal governments to work together on an application. If multiple
applications are received from more than one agency within the same
State, FNS reserves the right to contact the Governor's office in that State
for a final designation of the lead State agency. This program is excluded
from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:

Under the competitive grant process, FNS announces the opportunity for States, including territories and Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, to submit grant applications for the SFMNP for each fiscal year in which funds are available. All applications are due by a specified date to FNS Headquarters.

Award Procedure:

Applications are reviewed and evaluated by a panel of FNS staff to determine the technical merit of each grant application. Two separate panels evaluate applications; one panel reviews applications from current State agencies that are seeking expansion funds and another panel reviews applications from new State agencies. In the event that all available SFMNP funds for a given year are needed to provide base grants to currently participating State agencies, applications for program expansion or new programs will not be solicited by FNS. If the available funds are insufficient to meet the base grant levels for current SFMNP grantees, a pro-rata reduction will be applied to the grant levels awarded to all participating SFMNP State agencies. If additional funds become available for the SFMNP, such funds would first be distributed evenly among the current grantees to make whole their base grants for that fiscal year. Grant payments are made by a letter of credit. Deadlines:

A deadline for the submission of grant applications is set forth in the announcement by FNS. In general, applications are due approximately 60 days after the announcement to request grant applications.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:

In general, FNS will announce SFMNP awards, and notify each State agency that did not receive an award, approximately 60 days after the date applications are due to FNS.

Appeals:

All decisions by the FNS selecting officials are final. However, unsuccessful applicants are offered a debriefing to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their proposals.

Renewals:

Current State agencies are required to submit updated information annually. ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:

SFMNP grant funds are provided only to support the costs of the foods that are provided under the SFMNP; no administrative funding is provided. Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

SFMNP funds are provided using Federal Reserve Bank letters of credit, for a program period that begins when the grant agreement is signed by FNS and ends on November 30 of each year. POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS: Reports:

Grantees are required to submit two financial status reports and two progress reports to FNS. The progress reports must indicate the number of

outlets authorized to receive coupons (i.e., farmers, farmers markets, roadside stands and/or community supported agriculture programs) by category and the number of recipients who have been issued coupons. Audits:

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," State governments that expend Federal financial assistance of $500,000 or more within any fiscal year shall have either a single audit or (in certain cases) a program specific audit made for that year. Audits may be conducted less frequently under conditions specified in A-133. Records:

State agencies must maintain records as necessary to support the SFMNP funds. 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 three year period as long as required for the resolution of the issues raised by the audit. FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:

12-3507-0-1-605.

Obligations:

(Grants) FY 05 $15,000,000; FY 06 $15,000,000; FY 07 $15,000,000. Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

None.

PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

In FY 2006, base grant levels to State agencies totaled $15 million. Unspent funds from FY 2005 will be reallocated on a proportionate basis to participating SFMNP grantees in the spring of 2006. In FY 2006, 46 State agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments operated the SFMNP. In FY 2004 (latest report data available), over 802,000 seniors were served by the SFMNP by 14,500 farmers at 2,500 markets, 2,000 farm stands, and 213 community supported agriculture programs. In May 2005, FNS published proposed regulations for the SFMNP, which would make the program a permanent nutrition assistance A final rule that takes into consideration the comments received by FNS is expected to be published in 2006.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

7 CFR Part 3016, 7 CFR Part 3017, 7 CFR Part 3018. INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:

None.

Headquarters Office:

Headquarters Office Grants Management Division, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Alexandria, VA 22302. Telephone: (703) 305-2760. Contact: Deborah Shore, Grant Officer. Web Site Address:

http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/.

RELATED PROGRAMS:

None.

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Awards are only made for State agencies to operate the SFMNP. CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

When applications for the SFMNP are solicited, evaluation criteria are provided to all applicants in the Request for Applications package and are used by the review panels to score and rank the SFMNP Grant applications.

10.578 WIC GRANTS TO STATES (WGS)

(WIC Grants To States)

FEDERAL AGENCY:

FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

AUTHORIZATION:

Section 17(h)(10)(A) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended. Section 17(h)(10)(B) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended. OBJECTIVES:

To provide grants to WIC State agencies for Electronic Benefit Transfer projects and pilots to explore the feasibility both technical and financial of providing WIC benefits electronically. To provide grants to WIC State agencies and Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) to fund, implement, and evaluate innovative projects that improve WIC serve provision and impact the nutrition and health of WIC participants.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.

USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Grant funds are used to plan, develop and implement pilot projects for WIC EBT. Grant funds are used to improve WIC service provision and impact the nutrition and health of WIC participants. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:

State agencies that administer the WIC Program are eligible to apply for WIC EBT grant funds. States may apply individually or as a coalition of States.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

WIC participants ultimately will receive benefits through EBT. WIC participants will receive improved WIC services. Credentials/Documentation:

State agencies must administer the WIC Program. Applicants must prove through the grant application process that adequate resources are available for project success. Applicants are required to submit a written proposal, which includes a description of the EBT pilot, budget documents, feasibility studies, cost allocation plans, and other required documents. A properly executed Federal/State agreement between FNS and the State agency is necessary before funds can be allocated. State agencies and Indian Tribal Organizations must administer the WIC Program. Applicants must prove through the grant application process that adequate resources are available for project success. Through a competitive solicitation, applicants are required to submit a written proposal which includes a description of the proposed project, staffing, and budget documents for review by a technical panel. Upon selection for award, a properly executed Federal/State agreement between FNS and the State agency or Indian Tribal Organization is necessary before funds can be allocated. APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS: Preapplication Coordination:

State agencies are given a grant solicitation package outlining the process and deadlines related to the grant application process. State WIC agencies and Indian Tribal Organizations are given a grant solicitation package outlining the process and deadlines related to the grant application process. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Application Procedure:

Applicants must submit a complete application to FNS by the deadline specified.

Award Procedure:

All applications that meet the published deadline for submission will be screened for completeness and conformity to the requirements as announced in the solicitation package. Grants are awarded by a competitive process via a review panel composed of FNS staff, who make recommendations to selecting officials.

Deadlines:

As specified in the solicitation package. Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:

3-6 months.

Appeals:

None.

Renewals:

Not applicable.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:
Formula and Matching Requirements:

No matching requirements. Grants will be funded based on submitted budget, need for funds and available funding.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

3-5 years, depending on project timeline. 1-3 years depending on project schedule.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports:

Progress reports and financial status reports must be submitted as outlined in the cooperative/agreements. Audits:

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," State governments that expend Federal financial assistance of $500,000 or more within any fiscal year shall have either a single audit or (in certain cases) a program specific audit made for that year. Audits may be conducted less frequently under conditions specified in A-133. Records:

State agencies must maintain records as necessary to support the use of EBT 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 three year period as long as required for the resolution of the issues raised by the audit.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:

12-3510-0-1-605.

Obligations:

Obligations EBT Grants: FY 05 $3,300,000; FY 06 $4,000,000; and FY 07 not available. WIC Discretionary Grant: FY 05 $14,000,000; FY 06 $14,000,000; and FY 07 $14,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

Range and Average of Financial Assistance EBT: FY 03-04: $262,138
2,300,000; Average $907,394 WIC Discretionary Grants: FY 2004
$20,000 1,076,125; Average $474,777.

PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Successful EBT pilots have been launched in 4 WIC State agencies, with one State, Wyoming, issuing WIC benefits through EBT statewide. Seven other State agencies that were in the process of design and development of WIC EBT projects experienced staffing and budget problems and decided in FY 2006 to cancel their EBT project. Another State, Ohio, found EBT to be too costly and reverted to paper benefit issuance in FY 2005. Successful WIC Special Project Grants have been conducted in many states. Every year, awards a re made to selected States ranging from one to three years. Between FY 1995 and FY 2000, twenty five awards were made to States and ITOs, which have either all been completed or are near completion. Since FY 2001, seventeen more projects have been awarded, most of which are currently in progress.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

7 CFR Part 3016, 7 CFR Part 3017, 7 CFR Part 3018. INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:

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

Headquarters Office:

Grants Management Division, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Alexandria, VA 22302.

Web Site Address:

http://www.fns.usda.gov.

RELATED PROGRAMS:

None.

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

EBT Projects: The WIC Program is currently operating a successful WIC and Food Stamp joint EBT pilot system using off-line, smart card technology, which allows each participant's food package prescription to be encoded on the smart card chip. The Wyoming EBT system is operational statewide. In addition, several other States are proceeding with EBT projects, including Nevada and the Inter Tribal Council of Nevada (ITCN), which launched its EBT pilot in June 2000; New Mexico began its pilot in FY 2003; Texas began its pilot in FY 2004; and Michigan began its pilot in FY 2005. WIC Special Project Grants: One project currently funded under these grants is testing the effectiveness of motivational interviewing in a WIC clinic setting in North Dakota. The goal of the project is to study the effectiveness of motivational interviewing in nutrition education, and to determine its impact on nutritional behavioral change among WIC participants in North Dakota. A second project seeks to strengthen Massachusetts WIC services by utilizing a behavioral approach to connect with the emotions and values of WIC participants, to help families to adopt healthy dietary, parenting, and physical activity behaviors. A third project is focused on increasing infant breastfeeding among American Indians in Osage County, Oklahoma, as a way of reducing/preventing obesity and diabetes which are highly prevalent in this population.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Technical review criteria, which are furnished to all applicants in the grant solicitation package, are used by the review panel to score and rank EBT Grant applications. Technical review criteria, which are furnished to all applicants in the grant solicitation package, are used by the review panel to score and rank grant applications.

10.579 CHILD NUTRITION DISCRETIONARY GRANTS LIMITED AVAILABILITY

FEDERAL AGENCY:

FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

AUTHORIZATION:

National School Lunch Program (NSLP); Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1751, 1769; School Breakfast Program (SBP); Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1773, 1779, Public Laws 108-265, 104-193, 100-435, 99-661, 97-35. Special Milk Program (SMP); Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1772 and 1779; Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP); Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, Sections 9, 11, 14, 16 and 17, as amended, 89 Stat. 522-525, 42 U.S.C. 1758, 1759a, 1762a, 1765 and 1766; Summer Food Service Program (SFSP); Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, Sections 9, 13 and 14, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1758, 1761 and 1762a. OBJECTIVES:

NSLP: To assist States, through cash grants and food donations, in making the school lunch program available to school children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities. SBP: To assist States in providing a nutritious nonprofit breakfast service for school children, through cash grants and food donations. SMP: To provide subsidies to schools and institutions to encourage the consumption of fluid milk by children. CACFP: To assist States, through grants-in-aid and other means, to initiate and maintain nonprofit food service programs for children, elderly or impaired adults in nonresidential day care facilities and children in emergency shelters. SFSP: To assist States, through grants-inaid and other means, to conduct nonprofit food service programs for lowincome children during the summer months and at other approved times, when schools are out of session or are closed for vacation. TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants (Discretionary). USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Determined by the legislation providing the grants. Examples of grants in this category include the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-265) which authorized funds for State agencies to perform administrative reviews and training of selected local education agencies participating in the NSLP. The purpose of these funds is to improve program integrity and administrative accuracy by decreasing administrative errors in those local education agencies identified by the States as having problems or where problems are likely to arise. The funds cannot be used to replace or augment funding allocated for existing review requirements and they cannot be used for local level expenses associated with administrative reviews or training activities. In addition, P.L. 108-265 authorized funding for grants under the SFSP to increase participation at congregate feeding sites through innovative approaches for overcoming limited transportation resources in rural areas. These multi-year grants were awarded in December 2005 on a competitive basis to Mississippi (6 sponsors), New York (7 sponsors), Oregon (8 sponsors), Texas (2 sponsors), and West Virginia (7 sponsors). The projects may not comprise pre-award costs associated with the development of a grant application or the cost of obtaining food. Over the course of 3 years, $4 million will be available to the 5 States. Additional examples of grants in this category include the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution for Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 108-7) which provided funds for eligible schools to cover costs associated with implementing the SBP. The purpose of these grants was to increase the number of schools participating in the SBP, particularly those serving low-income children. The grants were used for State level costs associated with the administration of the SBP grant activities and local level costs that were allowable, reasonable, and necessary for an approved school to implement the SBP. The State agency could retain no more than 17.5% of the grant award for State level costs associated with the administration of the grant activities.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:

Determined by the legislation providing the grants.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Determined by the legislation providing the grants. Credentials/Documentation:

Determined by the legislation providing the grants. For example, the SBP

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