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Development and Implementation of Healthy Meals Incentives School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants - Federal Grants

Funding Opportunity Overview

Development and Implementation of Healthy Meals Incentives School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants is a Discretionary grant funded by Food and Nutrition Service. It's award amount is up to $50,000,000 and 4 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 2023-02-01 (-6 days left).
The following table summarizes the Development and Implementation of Healthy Meals Incentives School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants opportunity.
Opportunity NumberUSDA-FNS-CN-2023-SFSTC
Opportunity TitleDevelopment and Implementation of Healthy Meals Incentives School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants
Opportunity CategoryDiscretionary
Funding Instrument TypeCooperative Agreement
Post DateNovember 10, 2022 (Thursday)
Last Updated DateDecember 20, 2022 (Tuesday)
Close DateFebruary 1, 2023 (Wednesday)
Award Amount$12,500,000 - $50,000,000 (total funding : $50,000,000)

Detailed Funding Description

In June of 2022, the USDA launched the Food System Transformation framework which aims to build a more resilient food supply chain, create a fairer food system, and make nutritious food more accessible and affordable for consumers, with a particular focus on equity.
Under this RFA, the School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grant Cooperative Agreement will reflect FNS’ commitment to encourage the offering of healthier food products in the marketplace for school meals through engagement with the food industry and incentivizing innovation and partnerships.
Increasing access to nutritious and appealing foods for kids is critical to the success of strong school meal standards. The selected Cooperator(s) will collaborate with food industry partners to support school districts, food producers, suppliers, distributors, and community partners.
The goal of this RFA is to select a Cooperator or Cooperators who will implement and manage the School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants. The Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Awards for SFAs, the Healthy Meals Incentives Sub-Grants for Small and/or Rural SFAs, and the Healthy Meals Summits were released under another RFA and are not included herein.
The School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants described in this RFA were created to focus efforts to stimulate innovation in strengthening the availability of and access to nutritious food products in the K-12 school food marketplace. In addition, these sub-grants will support a more resilient food system through expanding manufacturing and purchasing capacity at the local and regional level.
This, in turn, increases equitable access to healthy food products both in schools and in communities by way of support for agricultural producers, growers, and processors impacted by COVID-19. The School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants will support collaborative projects between school districts, food producers, suppliers, distributors, and/or community partners to stimulate innovation in strengthening the availability of and access to nutritious food products in the K-12 school food marketplace.

Dates and Awards Details

The following table shows the dates and awards information in detail for Development and Implementation of Healthy Meals Incentives School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants federal grants. It posted on 2022-11-10 and will be closed on 2023-02-01.
The estimated total program funding is $50,000,000 for 4 awards (expected). The maximum award amount is $50,000,000 and the award floor amount is $12,500,000.
Agency NameFood and Nutrition Service
Important Dates
Post DateNovember 10, 2022 (Thursday)
Close DateFebruary 1, 2023 (Wednesday)
Last Updated DateDecember 20, 2022 (Tuesday)
Archive DateMarch 3, 2023 (Friday)
Awards Detail
Award Floor$12,500,000
Award Ceiling$50,000,000
Estimated Total Program Funding$50,000,000
Expected Number Of Awards4
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo
Additional InformationHealthy Meals Incentives
Additional Information URLhttps://www.fns.usda.gov/cnp/healthy-meals-incentives

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: Eligible entities include public or private colleges and universities; non-profit or for-profit research organizations/institutions; entities with experience working with school nutrition professionals and/or the school food service industry to improve the nutritional quality of school meals. All applicants and/or its partners must have demonstrated experience in awarding and managing grants or sub-grants. Schools and school districts are not eligible entities for this award.

Grantor Contact Information

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