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FY 2015-16 Direct Certification Improvement Grants

Last Published: 04/12/2017
Funding Opportunity #: 
USDA-FNS-FY15-CN-DCI
Open (Posted) Date: 
05/04/2015
Closed Date: 
07/15/2016

Request for Applications: Direct Certification Improvement Grants (CFDA#: 10.579)

FNS invites State agencies that administer NSLP and SBP to apply for a Direct Certification Improvement Grant to fund the costs of improving their direct certification rates with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other assistance programs, as allowed under Federal statute and regulations. Under this RFA, approximately $4.5 million is available for grants to NSLP State agencies to fund direct certification improvement projects.

Two types of Direct Certification Improvement Grants are available:

1) Tier 1 Grants: up to $150,000 for limited-scope planning and implementation projects, and
2) Tier 2 Grants: up to $1,000,000 for full-scope implementation projects.

States may apply for either a Tier 1 or a Tier 2 grant but, under this RFA solicitation, not both.

Critical Dates

May 4, 2015 RFA Release Date
July 15, 2015 Application Submission Deadline
Oct. 15, 2015 Application Submission Deadline
Jan. 15, 2016 Application Submission Deadline
April 15, 2016 Application Submission Deadline
July 15, 2016 Application Submission Deadline

Who May Apply

This RFA is extended to all state NSLP agencies. However, a state agency may apply for only one grant during the RFA period. Additionally, please note the following items associated with the 2015 RFA:

  • All NSLP state agencies are eligible to apply for Tier 1 Direct Certification Improvement Grants even if they were awarded grants under pervious direct certification grant RFAs. However, applications must clearly demonstrate the State's need for grant funds to enable it to reach and maintain SNAP direct certification rates at the 95% level.
  • All NSLP state agencies are eligible to apply for Tier 2 Direct Certification Improvement Grants. State agencies applying for a second Tier 2 award or that have direct certification rates with SNAP that are already at 95% or higher, must present a compelling case in their application proposals as to why additional funds are necessary for improvements in their direct certification system or processes for them to reach and/or maintain rates at or above the mandated 95% benchmark.

Application Due Date

Under the 2015 RFA, states will have five opportunities to apply for Tier 1 or Tier 2 grants beginning July 2015 and ending July 2016 (pending availability of funds). The complete application must be uploaded on www.grants.gov by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time of the scheduled on the scheduled RFA due date. Applications received after the deadline date will be held until the following review period. FNS will not consider any additions or revisions to an application once it is received. FNS will not accept mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered applications. If you have any questions regarding the extension of this grant opportunity, please contact Grant Officer Carla Garcia at Carla.Garcia@fns.usda.gov.

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