USDA NIFA requests applications for FINI Grant Program

NIFA requests applications for the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program for fiscal year (FY) 2016 to support projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. Applications are requested in each of the following three categories:
(1) FINI Pilot Projects (awards not to exceed a total of $100,000 over one year);
(2) Multi-year, community-based FINI Projects (awards not to exceed a total of $500,000 over no more than four years) ; and
(3) Multi-year,FINI Large-Scale Projects (awards of $500,000 or more over no more than four years).
Grantees will be expected to conduct a project assessment and to cooperate with and contribute to an independent evaluation to determine the relative effectiveness of the grant program in achieving the legislative goals of “increasing fruit and vegetable purchases” and “improving the nutrition and health status” of participating households (Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, § 4405(b)(4)(A)).
The appropriated amount available for NIFA to support this program in FY2016 is approximately $16.8 million.

 Applications Due By: December 16, 2015

 Web site: Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement is posted at:

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=279520
* The full text of the Request for Applications is posted at:
http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-insecurity-nutrition-incentive-fini-grant-program
* Specifically at:
http://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY%2016%20FINI_to%20POST.pdf