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USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center Cooperative Agreement

Last Published: 09/22/2014

Important Dates:

Letter of Intent to Apply Date (Optional): October 20, 2014, no later than 11:59 PM (EDT)

Application Submission Date:  December 1, 2014, no later than 11:59 PM (EDT)

Award Date: January 30, 2015


Application Package:



The legislative authority for this grant announcement is Section 6 [42 U.S.C. 1755 ] (a)(3) of the National School Lunch Act.



This RFA intends to select one institution/organization to establish the USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center. The role of this Center will be to develop and administer a series of sub-grants pertinent to the purposes of this grant, coordinate relevant grant-related activities among sub-grantees and researchers, conduct an evaluation of sub-grantees’ programs, and widely disseminate information on communities’ implementation strategies and evaluation findings.


The goal of the Center will be to reduce child food insecurity by improving Child Nutrition Assistance program coordination with other nutrition assistance programs or services in persistently poor rural counties.



Grant funds will be made available on a competitive basis, subject to availability of federal funds.


Approximately $2.5 million is available for funding this new Cooperative Agreement. Multiple applications per institution will be accepted, however only one award will be made to one applicant.


The grantee will be responsible for awarding at least 51% of their awarded amount as sub-grants to persistently poor rural counties for the purposes of reducing child food insecurity by increasing cross-program coordination among Child Nutrition and other food assistance programs.



This Request for Application (RFA) is open to all Accredited Colleges/Universities, and Private or Public Research Institutions. These are requirements for the selected recipient of the Cooperative Agreement, not any potential sub-grantees.