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Organizations to Provide Training Related to Food Safety Issues

Food Safety Outreach Program

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

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12/16/21 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories NGOs, community-based organizations, agencies, IHEs, and tribal entities to provide training related to food safety issues. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for community outreach projects and collaborative education and training projects

The Food Safety Outreach Program will complement and expand the national infrastructure of the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program. The Food Safety Outreach Program will build upon that national infrastructure, with a sustained focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences. Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. 

In FY 2022, FSOP will maintain focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences by continuing to solicit Community Outreach Projects and Collaborative Education and Training Projects. New Community Outreach and Collaborative Education and Training projects will focus on, but are not limited to, providing on farm or on-site training and/or technical assistance that addresses knowledge and resource gaps for the target audiences in the areas of pre- and post-harvest water testing and sampling, soil amendments, developing supply chain programs, and/or developing food safety plans. The program will also continue to fund projects that develop bilingual and culturally appropriate training.

Supplemental Collaborative Engagement funding opportunities are available to energize collaboration and coordination among 1890s, 1994s, Insular Areas, Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving (ANNH), Hispanic Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACU), and community-based organizations serving socially disadvantaged populations. Supplemental collaborative funding will be available for Community Outreach and Collaborative Education and Training Project types. Successful Community Outreach and Collaborative Education and Training project awardees will continue to build a national infrastructure for food safety outreach and will be required to interact with Regional Centers in the Northeast, North Central, Southern and Western regions, as defined by NIFA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

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GrantWatch ID#: 199436

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Estimated Size of Grant:

1) Community Outreach Projects (award requests: $80,000 - $150,000) - An additional $150,000 may be requested for Collaborative Engagement Supplements, for a total budget request of up to $300,000.
2) Collaborative Education and Training Projects (awards request: $200,000 - $400,000) - An additional $150,000 may be requested for Collaborative Engagement Supplements, for a total budget request of up to $550,000.

Term of Contract:

1) Community Outreach Projects: Grant Duration - 24 Months
2): Collaborative Education and Training Projects: Grant Duration - 36 Months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Entities are eligible to apply to the National Food Safety and Outreach Program (FSOP) if they meet at least one of the following criteria:
1. The Cooperative Extension Service for a U.S. state or territory;
2. Non-government organizations and/or community-based organizations representing owners and operators of farms, small food processors, or small fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers that has a commitment to public health and expertise in administering programs that contribute to food safety;
3. Federal, State, local, or tribal agencies;
4. An institution of higher education (as defined in Section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a)) or a foundation maintained by an institution of higher education;
5. A collaboration of two or more eligible entities

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Pre-proposal Conference:

Title: FY 2022 USDA NIFA Food Safety Outreach Program Webinar
When: November 12, 2021 | 1:30 – 3:00 PM CT

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Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. Eastern, December 16, 2021

New Users to must register early with prior to submitting an application.

Duplicate or multiple submissions is not allowed. NIFA will disqualify both applications if an applicant submits duplicate or multiple submissions.

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

Program Contact:
J. Mark Carter, Ph.D.

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National Institute of Food and Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture
2312 East Bannister Road, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-3061 Support
Telephone support: 800-518-4726
Toll-Free or 606-545-5035

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