USDA Webinars and RFAs

WEBINAR: Partnerships with Faith-based & Community Organizations to Support Inclusive Coordinated Transportation & Mobility Management: How do we coordinate transportation options so that everyone has the ride they need? Join this webinar to consider how your community can help solve the transportation problems that keep people from jobs, healthcare, socialization, and other important destinations. This Webinar is hosted by the National Center for Mobility Management and the ACL Inclusive Coordinated Transportation Partnerships Projects, in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration, and the U.S. Department of HHS Administration for Community Living (ACL) as well as their Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (The Partnership Center).

Tuesday, October 25 at 3:00 ET

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Attendees will:

      1. Learn about strategies to reach out to faith-based and community organizations and national initiatives that can support your work;
      2. Hear about partnerships that have been established with non-traditional – non-transit organizations such as religious organizations; and
      3. Acquire resources regarding how to develop and sustain relationships.

WEBINAR: Growing Opportunities: How USDA Can Help Beginning Farmers and Ranchers from the Reentry Community: USDA programs can help new farmers and ranchers get access to credit, provide technical assistance and financial support to implement conservation practices, and connect producers with market opportunities. Formerly incarcerated individuals who want to get started in farming can get expert guidance from USDA experts in field offices around the country. This webinar will be an opportunity to learn about USDA programs to help new farmers and hear directly from individuals who have benefited from USDA resources and expertise. It is the second of three webinars on USDA resources for the reentry community.(The third webinar will focus on USDA service corps opportunities. Stay tuned!)

Wednesday, November 2 at 12:00–1:30 ET

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RFA: Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program: In FY 2017 NIFA’s CFP intends to solicit applications and fund two types of grants. The types are entitled (1) Community Food Projects (CFP) and (2) Planning Projects (PP). The primary goals of the CFP are to: Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to assist in participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service; Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities; Promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues; and Meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs including needs relating to: Equipment necessary for the efficient operation of a project; Planning for long-term solutions; or The creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

Closing Date: Wednesday, November 30

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RFA: Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP): Beginning farmer education for adult and young audiences in the United States can be generally traced back to the advent of the 1862 and the 1890 Morrill Land Grant Acts. But for the first time, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub .L. No. 110-234, Section 7410), appropriated $75 million for FY 2009 to FY 2012 to develop and offer education, training, outreach and mentoring programs to enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. The Agriculture Act of 2014 provided an additional $20 million per year for 2014 through 2018. The reasons for the renewed interest in beginning farmer and rancher programs are: the rising average age of U.S. farmers, the 8% projected decrease in the number of farmers and ranchers between 2008 and 2018, and the growing recognition that new programs are needed to address the needs of the next generation of beginning farmers and ranchers.

Closing Date: Thursday, December 8

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RFA: Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program: To support projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. The program will test strategies that could contribute to our understanding of how best to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants that would inform future efforts, and develop effective and efficient benefit redemption technologies. 

Closing Date: Monday, December 12 

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