Grant Application Assistance for Community Food Projects
The FY 2015 Application Period is currently closed. The FY 2015 Application Due Date was November 17, 2016. FY 2015 Application
Step 1: Review the Grant Application Guides
We understand that interpreting federal grant requirements can sometimes
be difficult, especially when trying to fit national terminology into
local circumstances. That is why CFSC created application guides, below,
designed to complement the official USDA Request for Applications
(RFA). The guides will help potential applicants:
- Determine eligibility to apply for CFP funds
- Understand and incorporate program concepts and terminology
- Understand what is new in this year's RFA
- Plan projects that promote food security in and help meet the food needs of low-income communities
- Develop a competitive application for CFP funds.
Drawing on years of CFP experience, these guides should be your first
step in determining if this program is right for your community.
2016 Guidance for Preparing Community Food Projects Proposals (6 pages, PDF format, updated September 2016)
This guide is designed as a companion document to the Request for
Applications (RFA), to help potential applicants: Determine eligibility
to apply for CFP funds; Understand and incorporate program concepts and
terminology; Plan projects that promote food security in and help meet
the food needs of low-income communities; and Develop a competitive
application for CFP funds.
2014 Guidance for Preparing Community Food Projects Proposals (41 pages, PDF format, updated April 2014)
If you find that after reviewing the 2016 Guidance for Preparing
Community Food Projects Proposals, you still have questions, this guide
is longer and contains more details on certain topics, especially
project rating criteria and writing outcome-focused proposals. Although
it was compiled in 2014, the program has changed very little. This guide
was also designed as a companion document to the RFA.
Guidance for Preparing Community Food Projects Proposals (15 pages, PDF format, updated September 2016)
This document was developed to help Community Food Projects (CFP) grant applicants understand the Planning Projects
requirements and expectations, and develop appropriate submissions. The
purpose of a Planning Project (PP) is to complete a plan toward the
improvement of community food security in keeping with the primary goals
of the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program. Planning
Projects are to focus on a defined community and describe in detail the
activities and outcomes of the planning project.
Electronic Submissions Advisory (7 pages, PDF format, updated October 2015)
In recent years, dozens of great Community Food Projects grant
applications, many winnable, were not even reviewed. This occurred
mainly because basic
requirements and guidance from Grants.gov and the National Institute on
Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) were not followed.
Be aware -- this could happen to your application if you don't follow
the procedures, particularly if you submit it too close to the
We urge you to read this advisory to help ensure that your grant application will be reviewed. First-time Grants.gov users should see pages six and seven for additional guidance.
Step 2: One-on-One Assistance to CFP Grant Applicants
CFSC and its partners Growing Power and WhyHunger offer an application hotline that:
- Helps you decide whether or not to apply for a grant
- Clarifies CFP program guidelines
- Addresses technical questions
- Provides feedback on program plans
- Reviews draft proposals
- Refers you to others with expertise in specific areas
After you review the grant guides, above, your organization is eligible for one hour of free technical assistance.
Contact WhyHunger's hotline 1-877-988-1010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need more then one hour of support, you may request additional
assistance at a fee of $70 per hour. Availability is at the discretion
of the providers. You will be requested to submit a short evaluation on
your service in order for us to continue to provide this service for
free. For more information, contact Zy Weinberg at
email@example.com or (512) 755-1289
- Start Early. The hotline is first come, first
served. Do not wait until two weeks before the applications is due --
Hotline staff may not have time to address your application questions.
- Be prepared. One hour is for free. Know your
questions in advance of calling and try to gather as much information as
you can about your potential project before your appointment.
Step 3: Apply for your CFP grant!
Please note that it is extremely important to allow adequate time for
both project planning and proposal writing. Developing an effective,
collaborative project with multiple stakeholders takes time, and should
be started well before the proposal deadline.
Additional Information to Help Guide Your Application
WhyHunger's Food Security Learning Center
is a clearinghouse of information related to food security, including
tools and resources, Community Food Projects Database, and other funding
Read more about Community Food Projects grants