State Administrative Matching Grants for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

To provide Federal financial aid to State agencies for costs incurred to operate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Formally known as the Food Stamp Program.

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 Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Baylor University $ 930,000   2020-08-102022-09-30
Human Services, Iowa Department Of $ 3,038,419   2019-10-012022-09-30
Human Services, Vermont Agency Of $ 83,550   2020-10-012021-09-30
Human Services, Vermont Agency Of $ 2,529,623   2020-10-012021-09-30
Human Services, Vermont Agency Of $ 111,768   2020-10-012021-09-30
District Of Columbia, Government Of $ 6,567,506   2020-10-012021-09-30
District Of Columbia, Government Of $ 1,492,917   2020-10-012021-09-30
District Of Columbia, Government Of $ 103,233   2020-10-012021-09-30
District Of Columbia, Government Of $ 585   2020-10-012021-09-30
Human Services, New Jersey Department Of $ 37,013,297   2020-10-012021-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Paid approximately 50 percent of State administrative cost of providing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To provide Federal funding for administrative costs incurred by State and local agencies to operate SNAP.

Unless authorized by Federal legislation, outlays charged to other Federal grants or to Federal contracts may not be considered as State agency costs.

Submission of claims for payments of administrative costs shall be in accordance with 7 CFR 277 of the SNAP Regulations.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Agreements are between USDA-FNS and State cooperators.


Territories qualify as States for grant purposes.)

Beneficiary Eligibility

Agreements are between USDA-FNS and State cooperators. (U.S. Territories qualify as States for grant purposes.)


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, 7 CFR 277, and cost allocation plans negotiated by a cognizant Federal agency for State government.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

No preapplication forms are required.

A plan of operation must be submitted by the State agency prior to approval for funding.

The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102, as implemented by 7 CFR part 3016, must be used for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

State governments may apply for Federal financial aid in accordance with requirements outlined in 7 CFR Parts, 271 and 277. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Food and Nutrition Service funds State cooperator operations.


Budgets are due to FNS August 15.


Food Stamp Act of 1977, as amended, Section 16, Public Law 95-113, 91 Stat. 958, 7 U.S.C. 2025; Public Law 99-198, Public Law 105-33, Public Law 105-185.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

30 days.




Annually, as of October 1.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Federal agency funds 50 percent of State administrative costs, including the costs of SNAP benefit fraud investigations and prosecutions costs of developing certain computer systems as provided for in 7 CFR 277, and the cost incurred in the verification of alien status. Administrative cost-sharing is authorized by Section 16 of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 2025). By April 1, 1987 all States were to implement an Employment Training (E&T) Program mandated by Public Law 99-198. States' E&T programs are funded by individual grants requiring no State matching; should a State's costs exceed the grant allocation, additional funding is available on a 50 percent basis. The Federal agency shall also pay 50 percent of States' costs of reimbursing participants' costs of dependent care as a result of E&T participation, not to exceed the applicable local market rate and other reimbursable participant expenses, not to exceed $25 per month per participant, and 50 percent of costs for case management or casework to facilitate the transition from economic de