USDA Food and Nutriton Service – SNAP Process and Technology Improvement Grants Announcement

Description:       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; 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.

Funding Title:    USDA-FNS-FY2014 SNAP Process and Technology Improvement Grants Announcement

Agency Name:    Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

Funding Instrument Type:     Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid:    No

Target Population:    Low-income people

Expected Number of Awards:     10

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:    No

How to Apply:     The complete application must be uploaded on www.grants.gov . If you are a new grants.gov user, please ensure that your organization’s Point of Contact (POC) has designated you as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR).

Current Closing Date for Applications:       May 22, 2014

Estimated Total Program Funding:     $5,000,000

Award Ceiling:    $5,000,000

Award Floor:   $20,000

Eligible Applicants:

The 53 State agencies that administer the SNAP

State or local governments

Agencies providing health or welfare services

Public health or educational entities

Private non-profit entitiessuch as community-based or faith-based organizations, food banks, or otheremergency 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. 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.

Priority Consideration:    See http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/snap-program-improvement

Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds:     See http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/snap-program-improvement

Current/Past Funding Recipients:

Samples of Successful Application:

Link to Full Announcement:    http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/snap-program-improvement

Contact Information:    If there is something you would like to see on the page, you can email us atPRGDEV-WEB@fns.usda.gov.

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Categories: Education Organizations, Food Stamps, Government Organizations, Non-profit Organizations, Subgrant Possibilities, Technology, USDA

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