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Development and Implementation of Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Awards and Sub-Grants for School Food Authorities - Federal Grants

Funding Opportunity Overview

Development and Implementation of Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Awards and Sub-Grants for School Food Authorities is a Discretionary grant funded by Food and Nutrition Service. It's award amount is up to $47,000,000 and 1 awards are expected. It is categorized in Food and Nutrition. The grants is open to all (government, organization, and/or individual) entities. The application deadline (close date) to apply is 2022-11-28 (-8 days left).
The following table summarizes the Development and Implementation of Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Awards and Sub-Grants for School Food Authorities opportunity.
Opportunity NumberUSDA-FNS-2023-HMI
Opportunity TitleDevelopment and Implementation of Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Awards and Sub-Grants for School Food Authorities
Opportunity CategoryDiscretionary
Funding Instrument TypeCooperative Agreement
Post DateSeptember 22, 2022 (Thursday)
Last Updated DateOctober 26, 2022 (Wednesday)
Close DateNovember 28, 2022 (Monday)
Award Amount$30,000,000 - $47,000,000 (total funding : $47,000,000)

Funding Detail Description

USDA FNS has established the Healthy Meals Incentives Initiative to improve the nutritional quality of school meals through food systems transformation, SFA recognition and technical assistance, the generation and sharing of innovative ideas and tested practices, and grants.
This Initiative consists of four key activities:The Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Awards for SFAs will recognize and share best practices from SFAs that have made significant improvements to the nutritional quality of their school meals.The Healthy Meals Incentives Grants for Small and/or Rural SFAs will offer competitive grants of up to $150,000 per grant for small and/or rural SFAs experiencing challenges in the improvement of the nutritional quality of their school meals due to limited staffing, difficulty in accessing training, increased food costs due to limited purchasing power, lack of physical space, and outdated kitchen equipment.
The grants are intended to help small and/or rural SFAs overcome these challenges, improve the nutritional quality of school meals, and meet Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Award criteria.Healthy Meals Summits will convene Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Award recipients and School Food Systems Transformation grantees to be recognized, share best practices, and discuss strategies for sustaining their achievements into the future.
School Food Systems Transformation Grants will stimulate innovation in strengthening the availability of nutritious food products in the kindergarten–12th (K–12) grade school food marketplace. The Healthy Meals Incentives activities noted above are expected to increase utilization, and thereby demand, for nutritious agricultural commodities, such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and fruits as well as food products that reflect various cultures.
These efforts are also positioned to strengthen small and rural SFA’s access to nutritious agricultural commodities through food systems transformation and grants to small and rural SFA’s. The collection and sharing of best practices regarding SFA’s use of nutritious agricultural commodities in school meals, as well as the incentivization of practices such as nutrition education (including farm to school nutrition education), use of local agricultural products in scratch cooking, and the development of culturally diverse school meal menu items is also expected to indirectly benefit producers that supply food products to schools.
This Development and Implementation of Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Awards and Sub-Grants for School Food Authorities RFA specifies USDA FNS’ intent to enter into a cooperative agreement with a non-governmental entity to assist with the recognition awards, grants for SFAs, and the planning and implementation of the Healthy Meals Summits.

Dates and Awards Details

The following table shows the dates and awards information in detail for Development and Implementation of Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Awards and Sub-Grants for School Food Authorities federal grants. It posted on 2022-09-22 and will be closed on 2022-11-28.
The estimated total program funding is $47,000,000 for 1 awards (expected). The maximum award amount is $47,000,000 and the award floor amount is $30,000,000.
Agency NameFood and Nutrition Service
Important Dates
Post DateSeptember 22, 2022 (Thursday)
Close DateNovember 28, 2022 (Monday)
Last Updated DateOctober 26, 2022 (Wednesday)
Archive DateDecember 28, 2022 (Wednesday)
Awards Detail
Award Floor$30,000,000
Award Ceiling$47,000,000
Estimated Total Program Funding$47,000,000
Expected Number Of Awards1
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo
Additional InformationUSDA Food and Nutrition Service HMI Award Web Page
Additional Information URLhttps://www.fns.usda.gov/grant/hmi-recognition-awards-sfas-cooperative-agreement

CFDA Numbers

The next CFDA (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) numbers are associated to this federal grant.
  • 10.579 - Child Nutrition Discretionary Grants Limited Availability

Categories of Funding Activities

  • Agriculture
  • Food and Nutrition
  • No Additional Explanation Reported

Funding Eligibility

Eligible Applicants:
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Additional Information: This RFA is open to all non-governmental entities, including accredited colleges/universities, private or public non-profit or for-profit research institutions, or organizations with experience working in school food service and working with school nutrition professionals to improve the nutritional quality of school meals. Further, the cooperator and/or its partners must have experience in planning and implementing conferences and meetings. Cooperator experience in managing a recognition awards program is highly desired.

Grantor Contact Information

Grantor DetailAnna J Arrowsmith
Grants Officer
Emailanna.arrowsmith@usda.gov
(Anna Arrowsmith)