Food for Peace Emergency Program (EP)

To improve access, availability and utilization of food in food insecure environments abroad.

The priority for Title II emergency programs is to prevent hunger and malnutrition in food insecure areas or countries.
Examples of Funded Projects

Funded activities have included: direct food distribution, health, food for work, monetization.

Agency - Agency for International Development

The Agency for International Development is an independent Federal government agency that provides economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries to ensure a better future for us all.

Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Emergency Programs use Public Law 480, Title II resources to meet the critical food needs of targeted groups, with the mission of saving lives and reducing suffering.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Private Voluntary Organizations may submit proposals requesting commodities and cash to carry out food aid programs in food insecure areas or countries.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Private non-profit institutions/organizations are eligible for this program.

Specifically, an organization must be a Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) or cooperative.

If a U.S.

based PVO, the organization must be registered with USAID as of the date of its application.

In order to be awarded a program the organization must also be registered with the Office of Food for Peace.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Private, non-profit institutions/organizations will benefit from this program along with vulnerable and food insecure populations.


USAID Registration; Evidence of legal capacity, economic feasibility, and financial responsibility relative to the activity for which assistance is required.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Not required.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Submission of Application (including SF 424 and 424a) in line with Emergency Proposal Guidelines.

Award Procedures

Unsolicited emergency applications are submitted to the Office of Food for Peace throughout the year to respond to natural disasters, complex emergencies and post-emergency stabilization needs. An emergency appeal or disaster declaration is the "triggering mechanism" that allows FFP to consider requests for emergency food assistance. All applications for assistance are reviewed for completeness and then given a technical review. Awards are negotiated based on a demonstrated need for food aid and the ability of the proposed assistance to respond to the indicated need(s).


Not applicable.


Agriculture, Trade and Development Assistance Act of 1954, as amended, P.L. 480, Title II.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Although there is no binding timeframe, emergency situations often require a quick response. Therefore, FFP/EP works with the objective of completing the proposal review within 21 working days of receipt of a complete proposal. Delays may occur when required information is not included in the proposal.


Cooperating sponsors are given the opportunity to re-work their proposed programs to effectively meet demonstrated need.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula, though cost-sharing is encouraged.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Emergency Programs are approved for up to one year. The average time frame for an emergency response is six months to a year.

Post Assistance Requirements


Project reports should be submitted to FFP/EP on a semi-annual basis unless otherwise established in the Transfer Authorization.

Programs are evaluated on the basis of stated objectives agreed to with FFP, as part of the yearly program performance review and USAID Annual Report process.

The reporting format is found in the Cooperating Sponsor's Transfer Authorization.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB circular No A-133 (Revised June 24, 1997), Audits of States, Local Governments and Non-Profit Organizations, non-federal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-federal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year except as noted in OMB Circular A-133.


The grantee shall maintain adequate records and accounts to assure that grant funds and commodities are used for authorized purposes.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 est not available; and FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Code of Federal Regulations Title 22, 211, 226 and 228 Volume 1 Parts 1 to 299; (Revised as of April 1, 1999); USAID ADS 300 and cross references.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Office of Food for Peace; Emergency Programs Division; USAID; 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20523.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are selected based upon assessed need, technical and programmatic merit, organizational background, competence and experience, past performance and financial plan. This is not a formula program.

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