Child Nutrition Discretionary Grants Limited Availability

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-in-aid and other means, to conduct nonprofit food service programs for low-income children during the summer months and at other approved times, when schools are out of session or are closed for vacation.

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


Program Accomplishments

Determined by the legislation providing the grants.

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 Grants under Public Law 108-7 earmarked funds for a specific State, with the remaining funds to be awarded competitively. Eleven States were identified that had less than 60 percent of their NSLP Schools participating in the SBP over the past 3 years. These States received an Application for SBP Start-up Grant Funds.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Instructions provided in Request for Application.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Application package should be sent to FNS Headquarters, Charles Okal, Chief, Grant Management Branch Food and Nutrition Service, Grants Management Division, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 738, Alexandria, VA 22302 or submitted electronically via www.grants.gov http://.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

A grant review technical panel objectively reviews all complete applications according to established review criteria provided in the Request for Applications and makes recommendations to Agency officials, who make final award decisions.

Deadlines

Provided in Request for Application.

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).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Determined by the legislation providing the grants.

Appeals

Determined by the legislation providing the grants.

Renewals

Determined by the legislation providing the grants. For example, a due date was established for the SBP and grants were awarded after review of all submissions by a selection panel from FNS and receipt of a Letter of Intent from the selected States. All State and local level SBP Grant funds had to be obligated by September 30, 2005 and expended by December 15, 2005.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Determined by the legislation providing the grants.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Instructions provided in Request for Application.

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 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.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $2,997,672; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported. (NOTE: Availability limited based on eligibility requirements or duration by current year appropriations or authorizing legislation language and Agency priorities, determined by the legislation providing the grants.)

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Provided in Request for Application.

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

Headquarters Office Grants Management Division, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Alexandria, VA 22302. Contact: Charles Okal, Chief, Grants Management Branch, Grants Management Division at (703) 305-2854.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

None.



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