Section 16(h)(1)(F) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (the Act), as amended by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-79), provides $200 million for the development, implementation, and evaluation of up to ten pilot projects designed to reduce dependency and increase work effort under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
These pilots allow USDA and State partners to test a number of existing and new employment and training (E&T) activities in order to increase the number of SNAP work registrants who obtain unsubsidized employment, increase earned income, and reduce reliance on public assistance. Pilot projects may be in effect for up to three years.
FNS will publish a Request for Applications (RFA) by August 2014 and State SNAP agencies will have at least 90 days to respond to the RFA. FNS will award funding in the form of cooperative agreements and announce grantees by February 2015.
The Act requires an independent longitudinal evaluation of each pilot project in order to measure the impact of E&T programs and services on the ability of participants to obtain and retain employment. FNS will select the independent evaluation contractor through a separate solicitation.
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