FY13 SNAP Program and Technology Improvement Grants

The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 authorized the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to award $5 million dollars in grants to State agencies*; public health or educational entities; or private nonprofit entities such as community-based or faith-based organizations, food banks, or other emergency feeding

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organizations, for projects aimed at simplifying the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) application and eligibility determination systems or improving access to SNAP benefits by eligible households.

The purpose of this grant competition is to support efforts by State agencies and their community-based and faith-based partners to develop and implement:
• Simple SNAP application and eligibility determination systems; or • Measures to improve access to SNAP benefits by eligible applicants This RFA seeks diverse proposals that would make the entire process easier and more efficient for applicants and participants.

Grant proposals should focus on improving the quality and efficiency of operations and processes within the SNAP office.

Specifically, FNS is interested in initiatives that use new technologies or examine office processes in order to improve application processing timeliness for initial applications or re-certifications.

In addition, FNS is also interested in proposals that aim to increase the effectiveness of employment and training (E&T) activities.

We encourage potential applicants to carefully read the five review criteria listed in the RFA.

These criteria outline the qualities FNS expects successful proposals to have; they will also guide the reviewers’ evaluation of proposals.

* The term “State agencies” refers to the agencies of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and Guam that administer SNAP.

PURPOSE THIS SOLICITATION IS CONTINGENT UPON THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS
Agency: Department of Agriculture

Office: Food and Nutrition Service

Estimated Funding: $5,000,000


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/government/program-improvement.htm

Additional Information of Eligibility:
The 53 State agencies that administer the SNAP*; State or local governments*; Agencies providing health or welfare services**; Public health or educational entities**; and Private non-profit entities** such as community-based or faith-based organizations, food banks, or other emergency feeding organizations.

* State agencies and State and local governments should have the necessary approvals of state officials (such as councils or legislatures) of funding prior to submitting the application.

Applicants should also acknowledge in their application that all necessary approvals for funding have been obtained.

** Non-profit organizations are required to submit a copy of the IRS Determination Letter, form 501(c)(3) or proof of application for exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, a list of their Board of Directors if applicable, and their most recent audited financial statements signed by the Treasurer or the Treasurer of the board.

Educational entities are also required to submit their most recent financial statements signed by the Treasurer or Treasurer of the board.

Applications submitted without these will be considered non-responsive and eliminated from consideration.

All corporations, including non-profit corporations are required to complete the attached representation regarding felony convictions and tax delinquency.



Full Opportunity Web Address:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/government/program-improvement.htm

Contact:
Kimberly ShieldsGrants Officer

Agency Email Description:
kimberly.shields@fna.usda.gov

Agency Email:
kimberly.shields@fns.usda.gov

Date Posted:
2013-03-07

Application Due Date:
2013-05-06

Archive Date:
2013-06-05




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