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Team Nutrition Training Grant (TNTG) for School Meal Recipe Development

Grants to USA State Agencies for
School Nutrition Initiatives

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

Conf. Date:

02/11/20

LOI Date:

02/21/20

Deadline Date:

05/27/20 11:59 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to USA state government agencies for school nutrition initiatives. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to build State capacity and sustainable infrastructure to develop, standardize, prepare, and test recipes for the School Meal Programs. FNS will award funds to state agencies that administer the National School Lunch Program.

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Team Nutrition Training Grant for School Meal Recipe Development will support States in understanding, developing, and using standardized recipes within the School Meal Programs. Using grant funds, States will be able to develop nutritious and tasty recipes that utilize local agricultural products and reflect local food preparation practices and appeal to students' taste preferences. States will build their capacity to standardize recipes, show how standardized recipes credit towards school meal pattern requirements, and assist School Food Authorities in engaging students in menu development. Standardized recipes are critical to the success of school meals because they provide consistent results in quality, quantity, and nutrient contribution, while helping to reduce food waste and food costs. FNS intends to share the recipes and grantee success stories via the Team Nutrition Website at https://www.fns.usda.gov/tn and Child Nutrition Recipe Box at https://theicn.org/cnrb.

Objectives:

  1. Build State agency capacity and sustainable infrastructure to develop and evaluate standardized recipes in accordance with USDA guidance.
  2. Develop appealing standardized recipes that utilize local agricultural products and meet USDA requirements.
  3. Engage students and the school community in the process of developing standardized recipes.
  4. Provide nutrition education to students on local agricultural products featured in the new school meal recipes.

For Allowable Costs, see pages 9-12 of the RFA document in Attached Files below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188122

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$5,200,000

Number of Grants:

17

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $300,000

Term of Contract:

Through a competitive grants process, the anticipated grant period of performance is August 1, 2020 through September 30, 2022 (a two-year period of performance).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only State agencies that administer the USDA’s School Breakfast Program (SBP) or National School Lunch Program (NSLP) may submit an application in response to this solicitation. Each State may submit only one application.To find your State agency, visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/contacts.

For Unallowable Costs, see pages 9-12 of the RFA document in Attached Files below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be a webinar on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. This webinar will provide an overview of the FY 2020 Team Nutrition Training Grant for School Meal Recipe Development funding opportunity, application requirements, and scoring criteria. The webinar is open to all who wish to participate. To register, see: https://usda-fns.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=usda-fns&service=6&rnd=0.35688340880007074&main_url

Pre-Application Information:

Full grant applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by 11:59 pm ET Friday, May 27, 2020.

Important Dates:
- Informational Webinar: February 11, 2020, at 2:00 pm ET
- Letter of Intent Due: February 21, 2020
- Application Submission Deadline: April 3, 2020, by 11:59 pm ET
- Awards Announced: July 2020

Each State may submit only one application.

The eligible applicant who intends to submit an application should submit a Letter of Intent notice by February 21, 2020. The applicant can send the letter via mail or e-mail to the FNS Grant Officer.

In order to submit an application, applicants must:
1. Obtain a DUNS number: If your organization does not have a DUNS number, or if you are unsure of your organization’s DUNS, contact Dun & Bradstreet at https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform or by calling the number in Contact Information below. There is no fee associated with obtaining a DUNS number. It may take 2-3 business days to obtain a DUNS number.
2. Register in the System for Award Management (SAM): For additional information regarding SAM.gov, see the following link: https://www.sam.gov/SAM/. It may take 3-5 business days to register in SAM.gov; however, in some instances the SAM process to complete the migration of permissions and/or the renewal of the entity record will require 5-7 days or more.
3. Create a Grants.gov Account: For more information, refer to
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/grantors/grantor-registration.html.
4. Authorize Grants.gov Roles: For more information, refer to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/workspace-overview/workspace-roles.html.

FNS strongly encourages applicants to begin the registration process at least four weeks before the due date and to submit applications to Grants.gov at least one week before the deadline to allow time to troubleshoot any issues, should they arise.

Applicants may request a paper copy of the solicitation and required forms by contacting Anna Arrowsmith.

To view this opportunity on Grants.gov, see: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=323937
For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above. For related documents, attachments, and appendices, see the Related Documents tab 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.

Anna J Arrowsmith, Grants Officer
Grants and Fiscal Policy Division
U.S. Department of Agriculture, FNS
1320 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-305-2998
Email: anna.arrowsmith@fns.usda.gov

Grants.gov provides applicants 24/7 support via the toll-free number 1-800-518- 4726 and email at support@grants.gov. If you are experiencing difficulties with your submission, it is best to call the Grants.gov Support Center and get a ticket number. The Support Center ticket number will assist the Center with tracking your issue and understanding background information on the issue.

If your organization does not have a DUNS number, or if you are unsure of your organization's DUNS, contact Dun & Bradstreet by calling 1-888-814-1435, Monday thru Friday, 8am-9pm ET.

CFDA Number:

10.574

Funding or Pin Number:

USDA-FNS-FY2020-TNTG

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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

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