FNS Food Safety Grants

The Food and Nutrition Service s Office of Food Safety provides funding to support its mission of increasing awareness, visibility, and impact of food safety on USDA nutrition assistance programs.

There are four active grants funded:

The U.S.

Department of Agriculture, Food
and Nutrition Service (FNS) is establishing a Center of Excellence for School Food Safety Research to provide science-based support to improve the safety of foods provided through the FNS nutrition assistance programs, particularly those served in schools and child care settings.

The Center will provide an interdisciplinary and timely approach to applied food safety research needs related to FNS nutrition assistance programs, particularly the child nutrition programs, and develop written communications to convey research results to a variety of audiences, including scientists, policy makers, educators, and practitioners.



The National Food Service Management Institute, an institute established by Congress to support Child Nutrition Programs, provides support to the FNS Office of Food Safety for developing food safety education programs and materials and conducting applied research related to food safety education.



The National Environmental Health Association promotes the use of the National Coalition for Food-Safe Schools Food-Safe Schools Action Guide, maintains the Food-Safe Schools website, and maintains the online peer-reviewed school food safety resource list.



The Institute of Medicine Food Forum provides opportunities for science and technology leaders in the food industry, government, consumer groups, and academicians to identify and discuss contemporary issues related to nutrition, food science, food safety, and food technology.

Outcomes of the Food Forum include meetings and workshops, summaries or proceedings of meetings and workshops, and independent cooperative projects.


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.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding is provided to a university or organization to achieve the objectives of the grant.

The university or organization may award sub-grants to obtain the expertise and skills needed to accomplish the objectives of the Center.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Assistance may be used to conduct research or perform other tasks to benefit FNS nutrition assistance programs in the area of food safety.

Beneficiary Eligibility

FNS nutrition assistance program decision makers, FNS nutrition assistance program providers, and children and teachers.


Not currently applicable. OMB Circular No. A-87 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.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Not currently applicable.

Award Procedures

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 FNS and other Federal staff that will meet to determine the technical merit of each grant application, provide a numerical score, and make recommendations to selecting officials.


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


Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, Section 6(a)(3), 42 U.S.C 1755(a)(3); National Agriculture Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, Section 1472(b), 7 U.S.C 3318(b); Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010, 2010, Public Law 110-80; Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, Section 6(a)(3), 42 U.S.C 1755(a)(3); National Agriculture Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, Section 1472(b), 7 U.S.C 3318(b). , Public Law 110-80.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. There are presently no open requests for applications.


From 30 to 60 days.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not currently applicable. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Quarterly progress reports are required.

Quarterly budget reports are required.

The grantee will work closely with the Agency on performance progress.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


The grantee must maintain records 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 3-year period as long as required for the resolution of the issues raised by the audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 09 $415,000; FY 10 est $515,000; FY 11 est $1,315,000 - FY10 funding: National Food Service Management Institute, $400,000; National Environmental Health Association, $100,000; IOM Food Forum, $15,000
FY09 funding: National Food Service Management Institute, $400,000; IOM Food Forum, $15,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

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


Headquarters Office

Brenda Halbrook Office of Emergency Management and Food Safety
Food and Nutrition Service
3101 Park Center Dr. , Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Brenda.Halbrook@fns.usda.gov Phone: 703-305-2608 Fax: 703-305-2420

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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