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Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production (UAIP) Competitive Grants Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools to
Increase Access to Locally Grown Produce in Urban Areas

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department Of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Conf. Date:

06/03/20

Deadline Date:

07/06/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, local and tribal government agencies, and K-12 schools for projects that increase access to locally grown produce in urban areas. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Projects should target single or multiple urban areas, suburbs, or urban clusters in the United States where access to fresh foods is limited or unavailable and should include one or more partner organizations to achieve project goals within the target area(s).

Project Types:

Planning Projects (PP)

The purpose of PP is to support the development of projects that will either initiate, build upon, or expand the efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs. PPs may be designed to:

  • Develop recommendations for implementing community gardens and farms that respond to community needs as it relates to how food is grown, distributed, and marketed in target area(s);
  • Facilitate urban agriculture assessments and identify opportunities that connect community needs with the benefits of urban agriculture such as food access, nutrition education, conservation, innovation, and economic development;
  • Support the development of business plans, feasibility studies, and strategies to help offset start-up costs for new and beginning farmers in urban and suburban areas;
  • Provide support for municipal planning that consider policies to meet the growing needs of and zoning for community gardens and farms, rooftop farms, outdoor vertical production, green walls, indoor farms, greenhouses, high-tech vertical technology farms, and hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic farm facilities; or
  • Assist schools that seek to increase knowledge of food and agricultural disciplines such as nutrition, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to develop and implement programs that create future leaders, farmers, gardeners, and entrepreneurs in agriculture and innovative production.

Implementation Projects (IP)

The purpose of IP is to accelerate existing and emerging models of urban, indoor, and other agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers or gardeners. IPs should improve access to local food in the target area(s). No single IP award will exceed $100,000 in any single year or $300,000 over three years. IPs may be designed to:

  • Facilitate the development of entrepreneurial projects by offering needed resources, such as job training, land, equipment, mentoring, and other business development assistance to new and beginning farmers;
  • Increase food production in small urban and indoor spaces with emerging technologies such as vertical farming, hydroponics, aquaponics, rooftop farms, etc.;
  • Operate community gardens or nonprofit farms to educate a community on food systems, nutrition, environmental impacts, and agricultural production and/or to offer hands-on training in farming or gardening;
  • Meet specific state, local, or community food and agricultural needs by assisting municipalities, food producers, community organizations, and schools with policies for community gardens and farms that address food access, soil health, emerging technologies, and agricultural business; or
  • Provide schools with resources to incorporate and emphasize the importance of growing and consuming nutritious food as well as training students for careers in agriculture. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189810

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Number of Grants:

There is no commitment by NRCS to make a specific number of awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Approximately $1,000,000 is available for Planning Projects (PP). The funding floor for PP is $200,000 and the funding ceiling is $500,000.

Approximately $2,000,000 is available for Implementation Projects (IP). The funding floor for IP is $100,000 and the funding ceiling is $300,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may be between 1 and 3 years in duration. Applicants should plan their projects based on a project start date of September 15, 2020.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally funded tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility for this opportunity is limited to the following entity types:

- Tribal governments
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education)
- Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education)
- A unit of local government
- Any school that serves any of the grades kindergarten through grade 12

Applicants for PP and IP awards are encouraged to seek and create partnerships with public or private, nonprofit or for-profit entities, including links with academic institutions (including minority-serving colleges and universities), and/or other appropriate professionals, community-based organizations, and local government entities. Only the applicant must meet the eligibility requirements.

Applications will be accepted from eligible entities in any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the Pacific Islands Area (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).

For a list of funding restrictions, see page 12 of the NOFO document in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production Competitive Grants Program Webinar
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:00:00 PM EEST - 11:00:00 PM EEST

To register now, please visit the following link:
https://usdanrcs.adobeconnect.com/egfiru3twn9f/event/registration.html

To know more about the event, please visit:
https://usdanrcs.adobeconnect.com/egfiru3twn9f/event/event_info.html

A recording will be posted at: https://www.farmers.gov/urban

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 06, 2020 through Grants.gov. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered for funding

Entities must obtain a DUNS and register in SAM prior to registering with Grants.gov. Entities are strongly encouraged to apply early for their DUNS number and SAM registration.

- Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number: Information on how to obtain a DUNS number can be found at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform or by calling 1-866-705-5711.
- System for Award Management (SAM) Registration: To register, go to: https://www.sam.gov.

FAQs: https://www.farmers.gov/manage/urban/opportunities/grants-faq

News Release: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/newsroom/releases/?cid=NRCSEPRD1582621

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326802

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact one of the following individuals:

Administrative Contact (Primary Contact)
Name: Michele Devaney
Grants Management Specialist
FPAC Business Center
Phone Number: (801) 524-4587
Email: Michele.Devaney@usda.gov

Program Contact
Name: Annie Ceccarini
Program Analyst
Phone Number: 202-577-7462
Email: annie.ceccarini@usda.gov

CFDA Number:

10.935

Funding or Pin Number:

USDA-NRCS-NHQ-UAIP-20-NOFO0001013

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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