USDA/NIFA: Inviting Applicants for Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program

Deadline: 2 June 2016

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting applicants for Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program to support projects that encourage those from local communities, community based- and non-governmental organizations, universities, extension and state and federal agencies to develop and implement food safety outreach programs that facilitate the integration of Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) food safety guidelines into a variety of agricultural production and processing systems, including conventional, sustainable, and organic systems, among others.

Project Categories

  • Pilot Projects will support the development and implementation of new and potentially high risk, high-impact food safety education and outreach programs in local communities that address the needs of small, specialized audiences from among the various target groups.
  • Community Outreach Projects will support the growth and expansion of already-existing food safety education and outreach programs that are currently offered in local communities.
  • Multistate Education and Training Projects will support the development and implementation of multi-county, state-wide, or multi-state food safety education and outreach programs where there are common food safety concerns, but the counties and states are not necessarily located within the same regions.

Funding Information

The anticipated amount available for NIFA support of this grant in FY 2016 is approximately $4.7 million.

  • Pilot Projects (awards not to exceed $50,000);
  • Community Outreach Projects (awards not to exceed $150,000);
  • Multistate Education and Training Project (awards not to exceed $400,000)

Eligibility Criteria

Applications may only be submitted by:

  • The Cooperative Extension Service for a U.S. state or territory;
  • Non-government organizations and/or community based organizations representing owners and operators of farms, small food processors, or small fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers that has a commitment to public health and expertise in administering programs that contribute to food safety;
  • Federal, State, local, or tribal agencies;
  • An institution of higher education (as defined in Section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a)) or a foundation maintained by an institution of higher education;
  • A collaboration of two or more eligible entities.
  • Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not directly eligible to apply

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their application packages electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grant Program.