I was just made aware of the two grant opportunities listed below. Attached you will find the two Federal Register Notices about these grants. Please review these opportunities and apply if interested. If you decide to apply let me know so I can put in a good word for you and your program with USDA. tlh
1. Yesterday the USDA released the Notice of Funds Availability for Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG), a key part of the Secretary’s Great Regions strategy. We would like to make sure there are strong proposals for local and regional food systems submitted to Rural Development offices around the country in the next 90 days. Each state has a State RD office that organizations will need to work with in submitting this grant. This information is better explained in the Register Notice. Go to www.grants.gov website for more information about this grant.
2. The Agriculture Food and Research Initiative (AFRI) 2010 competitive grants program was announced two weeks ago. Below is a simple description of what sort of projects AFRI is looking to fund, along with a link to more information.
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, as part of its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative 2010 competitive grants program, is seeking proposals for research, education, and extension sustainable programs on local and regional food systems that will increase food security in disadvantaged U.S. communities and create viability in local economies.
· There are many regional and local sustainable food system programs across the country addressing food insecurity by developing small food economies in diverse ways. Applications must explore best practices in these projects, better understand the basis for success or failure measure the innovations, assess social, economic, and environmental impact, determine cost/benefit, and provide feedback and replication opportunities to improve the work.
· Applications must be focused on urban and/or rural self-defined geographic regions centered on ongoing local and regional sustainable food systems (food sheds) that include disadvantaged communities.
· Active participation of disadvantaged communities should guide the project’s assessment of best practices that inform future activity, assess infrastructure needs, identify gaps between knowledge and practice; and draw on both domestic and international experience to improve existing approaches.
Proposals can be up to $1,000,000 per year ($5 million total, including indirect costs) for project periods of up to 5 years.
The first step in application is a REQUIRED letter of intent, for which the deadline is April 30, 2010, 5:00 p.m. ET.
For more information, see http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/afri_rfa.html within the “Global Food Security” challenge area, program area: Improved Sustainable Food Systems to Reduce Hunger and Food Insecurity Domestically and Globally.