Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Development Center (The Center) Elizabeth Tuckermanty, Ph.D.
Purpose of The Center • Increase access to healthy affordable food to underserved communities; and • Collect, develop and provide technical assistance and information to small and medium sized agricultural producers, food wholesalers and retailers, school and other individuals and entities regarding: a. Best practices; b. Availability of assistance for aggregating, storing, processing and marketing locally produced agricultural products; and c. Increasing the availability of locally produced products in underserved communities.
How Will The Center Work? • Through a grant to a non-profit entity, sub-grants will be awarded to: a. Carry out feasibility studies to establish businesses to increase access to healthy affordable foods, including locally produced agricultural products, to underserved communities; and b. Establish and assist enterprises that process, distribute, aggregate, store, and market healthy affordable foods.
Eligible for Sub-grants • Non-profit organizations • Cooperatives • Commercial Entities • Agricultural Producers • Academic Institutions • Individuals • Other entities as the Secretary designates
Funding Priorities • Benefit underserved communities, which are defined as, an urban or rural community (or an Indian tribe) that has: a. Limited access to affordable, healthy foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables; b. A high incidence of a diet-related disease (including obesity) as compared to the national average; c. A high rate of hunger or food insecurity; or d. Severe or persistent poverty. • Develop market opportunities for small and mid-sized farm and ranch operations.
Funding and Grant Requirements • $ 1 million dollars available in FY 09 – FY 11. • Anticipated award will be a continuing grant based on good performance by the grantee. • Overhead is limited to 10%. • Annual report to the Secretary describing the activities carried out in the preceding fiscal year: a. Description of technical assistance provided by the Center; b. Total number and a description of the sub-grants provided; c. Complete listing of cases in which the activities of The Center have resulted in increased access to healthy, affordable foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, particularly for school-aged children and individuals in low income communities; and d. A determination of whether the activities identified are sustained during the years following the initial provision of technical assistance and sub-grants.
Critical Dates for The Center • November 2008 – Announcement in Federal Register • March 2009 – RFA Release • May 2009 – Deadline Date
Comments or Questions • Elizabeth Tuckermanty firstname.lastname@example.org 202/205.0241 • Katrena R. Hanks email@example.com 202/401.5286
Community Food Projects 2009 • 5 million dollar program • Private Non-profit organizations eligible • $10,000-300,000 for one to three years
Community Food Projects 2009 • Requires a one-time infusion of Federal assistance to become self-sustaining • Dollar for dollar match required
Community Food Projects 2009 • Meets the food needs of low-income people • Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs • Promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm and nutrition issues; or
Community Food Projects 2009 • Develop linkages between two or more sectors • Support the development of entrepreneurial projects • Develop innovative linkages between non-profit and for profit sectors
Community Food Projects 2009 • Meet specific State, local, or neighborhood food and agricultural needs for: • Infrastructure improvement and development • Planning and long-term solutions; or • The creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income
Community Food Projects 2009 Changes: • CFPCGP projects should focus on “underserved” audiences.
Community Food Projects 2009 Underserved community is an urban, rural or an Indian tribe community that has: • limited access to affordable, healthy foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables; • a high incidence of a diet-related disease (obesity) as compared to the national average; • a high rate of hunger or food insecurity; or • severe or persistent poverty
Community Food Projects 2009 • Application Process • Email notification list • Send a request to: • firstname.lastname@example.org or • email@example.com • Electronic Process • www.grants.gov