Apr 26, 2005
The completed application package must be received by FNS at the following address on or before April 26, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
You must meet this deadline by delivering the application or by mailing it sufficiently in advance of the deadline to ensure its timely receipt, or by submitting it electronically by accessing www.grants.gov, a new government-wide website designed for electronic submission of applications/proposals. If you opt to submit your application/proposal electronically please allow ample time to familiarize yourself with the system?s requirements. Users of this system will need both a Data Universal Number (DUNS) and a Contract Registry Number (CCR) thus, we suggest you visit the site sometime prior to attempting to submit your application electronically to review the instructions on how to obtain a DUNS assignment as well as a CCR. All applicants that opt to submit their application/proposal via www.grants.gov must also send an email to Lynn Rodgers, Grants Officer, @ email@example.com, advising that the application was submitted through the grants.gov portal. This email must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the due date as well. Users should also be aware that the grants.gov system provides several confirmation notices and that the initial confirmation is strictly to advise that an attempt was made to apply electronically rather than confirmation that the application was accepted.
? For mailed or delivered applications, one original and two copies must be submitted. If you opt to mail your application we strongly suggest using a mail delivery service that guarantees delivery and allows you to track delivery to FNS. Also, FNS will not accept faxed or direct e-mailed applications.
? Late applications will not be considered in this competition.
Mailing Address and Contact Information
? Application packages, mailed or hand-delivered, must be sent to Lynn Rodgers, Grants Management Officer DA, Food and Nutrition Service, Grants Management Division, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 738, Alexandria, VA 22302.
? Applicants may contact Lynn Rodgers to ask any questions about the grant application and questions seeking clarification of technical or procedural aspects of the grant competition via phone at (703) 305-2760, or via e-mail at Lynn.Rodgers@fns.usda.gov.
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The process of applying for food stamps, like any process that involves gathering large amounts of information and making multiple decisions, can be complex and frustrating for those who apply. The regulations that guide administration of the Food Stamp Program (FSP) have been amended many times over the years to target benefits ever more precisely to those in the greatest need. The result of this process is that the application process itself has become increasingly detailed and complex.
There is some evidence that the application process itself constitutes a barrier to participation in the FSP for at least some applicants. To alleviate the problem, Congress has enacted legislation that simplifies some of the procedures for determining eligibility and benefits. As noted above, Congress authorized $5 million per year from fiscal years (FY) 2003 through 2007 for grants that would stimulate simplification and innovation within the 53 State agencies. This request for applications (RFA) solicits applications for the FY 2005 Program Participation Grant Program, with the understanding that funds for FY 2005 are subject to appropriation. The purposes stated above are in sharp contrast with those of the Food and Nutrition Service?s (FNS) Outreach Grants Program, which strives to increase food stamp participation by marketing the program, helping applicants complete the application forms, and expanding the range and number of places people can go to get information and assistance with their food stamp applications. Where the Outreach Grants are primarily concerned with getting applicants into the food stamp office, the Program Participation Grants are primarily concerned with the quality and efficiency of operations within the food stamp office. For this reason, Program Participation Grants do not support projects that devote more than 25% of the requested grant funds to outreach activities--such as advertising, application assistance, screening or pre-qualifying applicants, or out-stationing eligibility workers--whose purpose is to attract or recruit food stamp applicants.
This RFA seeks diverse proposals that would make the entire process, from certification to recertification, easier and more efficient for the applicant/participant. The proposals should include innovative development of new or revised State or County food stamp systems that do not rely solely on outreach. While this innovation does not have to be a completely new idea or concept, the proposal needs to demonstrate that the idea is new and innovative to that specific State or County office. The proposed process can incorporate outreach activities as long as they do not exceed 25% of the project cost. The proposal needs to demonstrate direct evidence that the proposed procedural or systemic changes would make the food stamp process easier for the participant.
In short, Program Participation Grants support innovation and organizational change. This RFA seeks diverse proposals that would make the entire process, from certification to recertification, easier and more efficient for applicants and participants. We encourage potential applicants to read carefully the review criteria on pages 9-11. These criteria show potential applicants the qualities FNS expects successful proposals to have; they will also guide the reviewers? evaluation of proposals.
Who can apply:
Non-Government - General
Nonprofits Having A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Nonprofits That Do Not Have A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Public And State Controlled Institutions Of Higher Education
State (Includes District Of Columbia; Includes Institutions Of Higher Education And Hospitals)
Eligible functional categories:
Food Stamp Program Research Grants to Improve Access Through New Technology and Partnerships
The FY 2005 Food Stamp Participation Grants offer $5 million dollars in competitive Grants for projects aimed at simplifying the food stamp application and eligibility determination systems or improving access to food stamp benefits by household.
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Grants Management Division