The 2011 Community Food Projects Request for Applications (RFA) is out.
The USDA's Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program provides the major funding source for community-based food and agriculture projects nationwide.
Deadline: November 17
If you plan to apply, it's important that you start working on your proposal ASAP.
Where to Start:
Free Resources for CFP Grant Applicants
Learn about the CFP program: Visit the CFSC website for more information and examples of funded projects.
Read the Request for Applications to find out how to apply.
Free Assistance: Take advantage of CFSC's free grant applicant resources, such as downloadable guides and one-on-one technical assistance (details below).
Grants.gov registration: Make sure your organization is already registered with grants.gov to apply electronically. If you are not registered, get started right away, as it can take up to two months to complete this process.
The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) offers a written planning guide with a wealth of information about the CFP program guidelines and how to develop a strong proposal. It is available for free at www.foodsecurity.org/cfp_help.html. The CFSC website also includes examples of successful CFP grant proposals, a guide to developing Planning Project proposals, and other information helpful to CFP applicants.
CFSC sponsors technical assistance (TA) specialists who can provide you with up to 60 minutes of free assistance with your CFP proposal. They can clarify CFP program guidelines, help you decide whether or not to apply for a grant, provide feedback on project plans, and/orreview draft proposals. Starting early is important to ensure that you will be able to receive timely assistance. Visit our website for details on how to access this service.
Additional Training and Technical Assistance is available from Growing Power and WhyHunger. For more information, call 1-877-988-1010 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish all the best to the grant applicants!