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Micro-Grants for Food Security Program

ID: USDA-AMS-TM-MGFSP-G-24-0028 • Type: Posted

Description

MGFSP assists agricultural agencies or departments in eligible states and territories to increase the quantity and quality of locally grown food in food insecure communities through small-scale gardening, herding, and livestock operations by competitively distributing subawards to eligible entities.USDA promotes climate-resilient landscapes and rural economic systems, including tools to support agriculture, forests, grazing lands, and rural communities. AMS encourages applicants to consider including goals and activities related to reducing and stabilizing the levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere or adapting to the already occurring climate change in their project's design and implementation.
Background
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2024 Micro-Grants for Food Security Program (MGFSP). The MGFSP will award grants to eligible agencies or departments of agriculture for the competitive distribution of subawards that increase the quantity and quality of locally grown food through small-scale gardening, herding, and livestock operations in areas of the United States that have significant levels of food insecurity and import a significant quantity of food. Approximately up to $5 million will be available to fund applications under this solicitation.

Grant Details
The Micro-Grants for Food Security Program (MGFSP) assists agricultural agencies or departments in eligible states and territories to increase the quantity and quality of locally grown food in food insecure communities through small-scale gardening, herding, and livestock operations by competitively distributing subawards to eligible entities. AMS encourages applicants to consider including goals and activities related to reducing and stabilizing the levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere or adapting to the already occurring climate change in their project’s design and implementation.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants are state or territory departments, division, or agencies of agriculture in Alaska, Hawaii, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the United States Virgin Islands.

Eligible entities for subawards must be physically located in an eligible state or territory listed above.

Period of Performance
The grant period of performance for agreements between AMS and the eligible applicant is 4 years.

Eligible applicants are encouraged to competitively distribute the funds through subawards to eligible entities within the first year of the award.

The grant period of performance must begin no later than September 30, 2024, and end no later than September 29, 2028.

Grant Value
AMS anticipates up to $5 million will be available to fund applications in FY 2024. Enactment of a continuing resolution, appropriations act, or other authorizing legislation may affect the availability or level of funding for this program. USDA does not commit to make a specific number of awards.

Place of Performance
Eligible applicants are state or territory departments, division, or agencies of agriculture in Alaska, Hawaii, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the United States Virgin Islands.

Overview

Category of Funding
Agriculture
Funding Instruments
Grant
Grant Category
Mandatory
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 3/21/24 Agricultural Marketing Service posted grant opportunity USDA-AMS-TM-MGFSP-G-24-0028 for Micro-Grants for Food Security Program with funding of $5.0 million. The grant will be issued under grant program 10.179 Micro-Grants for Food Security Program. It is expected that 10 total grants will be made worth between $125,000 and $2.0 million.

Timing

Posted Date
March 21, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Closing Date
May 21, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 34 Days
Closing Date Explanation
Only applications submitted and validated by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on
Last Updated
March 21, 2024, 11:11 a.m. EDT
Version
1
Archive Date
June 20, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
State governments
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Info
Eligible applicants are agricultural agencies or departments in Alaska, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the United States Virgin Islands. A State department of agriculture is the agency, commission, or department of the government responsible for agriculture within the State, Territory, or Insular area.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$2,000,000
Floor
$125,000
Estimated Program Funding
$5,000,000
Estimated Number of Grants
10

Contacts

Contact
Agricultural Marketing Service
Contact Email
Contact Phone
(202) 260-8449
Additional Information Site

Documents

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