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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit or IHE to Improve
Nutrition Assistance Programs for Mothers and Children

Community Innovation and Outreach (CIAO) Cooperative Agreement

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

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08/01/22 11:59 PM EST Receipt


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Cooperative agreement to a USA or territories nonprofit organization, IHE, or nonprofit research entity to improve nutrition assistance programs designed for mothers and children. Applicants must complete required registrations at least four weeks prior to submitting an application. The goal is to test the effectiveness of community outreach strategies in increasing WIC participation, especially among underserved populations within a community.

The Grantee’s high-level objectives include:

  • Developing and implementing a minimum of two funding opportunities for WIC State and local agencies, community organizations, and other nonprofits;
  • Managing subgrants and providing technical assistance to WIC State and local agencies, community organizations, and other nonprofits (referred to in this document as subgrantees) to ensure projects are successfully implemented;
  • Applying an implementation science framework that includes a logic model and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to be used to assess and report project outcomes; 
  • Developing an evaluation strategy that supports the application of the most rigorous evaluation methods appropriate for funded projects in order to build the evidence-base that informs WIC outreach practices;
  • Providing a national summary report that includes, but is not limited to, a summary of the projects, the technical assistance provided, the evaluation approach, results and implications;
  • Developing a WIC outreach framework based on general recommendations, best practices formed during project observation, specific lessons learned, and evaluation results for WIC agencies and/or partners to use to reach underserved populations to increase awareness and access to WIC services by all eligible participants; and
  • Creating and providing timely updates to national resources for WIC Program operators and partners based on lessons learned from evaluations.

The Grantee will be responsible for the oversight and management of a wide range of subgrant projects and for providing technical assistance to subgrantees in support of creation and execution of projects. The focus area of the subgrants is expanding community outreach and engagement with the WIC Program. FNS is interested in testing innovative, evidence-informed, State- and local agency-level outreach and engagement efforts to reach the WIC eligible population and increase community-level awareness of WIC availability and services to increase the number of people applying, enrolling and participating in the Program. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 203815

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- Award Ceiling: $20,000,000
- Award Floor: $1

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Anticipated start dates and period of performance: September 9, 2022 through March 6, 2027; not to exceed 5 years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility: Accredited institutions of higher education (colleges/universities), nonprofit research entities, and other nonprofit organizations with documented experience in public health and communications.

1. Recent experience in public health and communications;
2. Knowledge about WIC benefits and services or demonstrated access to SMEs in these areas for the duration of the cooperative agreement;
3. Experience analyzing WIC or other public health data to make outreach and engagement recommendations;
4. As evidenced by work references, experience with and/or capacity for providing high-quality technical assistance to WIC or other public health agencies, and community practitioners;
5. As evidenced by work references, experience conducting high-quality evaluations in partnership with WIC or similar public health programs as evidenced by reports, publications, and/or other materials (including links to evidence if published);
6. Experience with and/or capacity for designing, implementing, and coordinating a competitive RFA process that solicits proposals from State and local agencies, community organizations, and/or other nonprofits. All applications must clearly articulate an administration plan for awarding and managing competitive subgrants;
7. Experience in developing online applications, templates, and/or forms and planning relevant technical support for applicants;
8. Experience developing, testing, and transferring innovative outreach strategies at State and local agencies, community organizations, and/or other nonprofits;
9. Experience in program evaluation, including study design, data collection and analysis.
10.Experience in designing implementation resources for State and local public health agencies community organizations, and/or other nonprofits

Suspended or debarred organizations are ineligible to submit applications in response to this grant solicitation.

Budgets may not include equipment, supplies, or other travel expenses.

Pre-Application Information:

- Release Date: May 31, 2022
- Optional Letter of Intent to apply due: 6/14/2022
- Application Due Date: August 1, 2022. All applications must be received by 11:59 PM EST on the due date.
- Anticipated Award Date: August 29, 2022

Complete the following at least four weeks prior to submission:
1. Obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number;
2. Register the UEI number in the System for Award Management (SAM); and,
3. Register in

FNS will accept one application package per applicant.

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

For questions regarding this solicitation, please contact the Grant Officer at:
Patrice Williams
Grant Officer, Grants and Fiscal Policy Division
U.S. Department of Agriculture, FNS
1320 Braddock Place, Suite 620
Alexandra, VA 22314
E-mail: provides applicants 24/7 support via the toll-free number 1-800-518-4726 and email at

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