United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
10/01/19 5:00 PM ET Receipt
Grants to USA non-land grant agricultural colleges and universities to improve institutional capacity for research, education, extension, and outreach activities related to agriculture, natural resources, food, and human sciences. Required registrations may take up to two weeks to complete. Applications that address the national challenge to increase the number and diversity of students entering food and agriculture-related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines are encouraged.
NIFA is soliciting applications for the NLGCA Program that will align to the mission and goals of 2018-2022 USDA Strategic Plan, Strategic Goal #4: Facilitate Rural Prosperity and Economic Development; Objective 4.1: Expand rural business opportunity and rural quality of life with access to capital; improved infrastructure, broadband access and connectivity; and support for workforce availability.
NLGCA Institutions may use the funds to maintain and expand capacity:
1. To successfully compete for funds from Federal grants and other sources to carry out educational, research, and outreach/extension activities that address priority concerns of national, regional, State, and local interest;
2. To disseminate information relating to priority concerns to:
a. Interested members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant communities;
b. The public; and
c. Any other interested entity;
3. To encourage members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant communities to participate in priority education, research, and outreach/extension activities by providing matching funding to leverage grant funds; and
a. The purchase or other acquisition of equipment and other infrastructure (not including alteration, repair, renovation, or construction of buildings);
b. The professional growth and development of the faculty of the NLGCA Institution; and
c. The development of graduate assistantships
Grant Types. This RFA has the following grant types:
1. Regular. This is an award instrument by which NIFA agrees to support a specified level of effort for a predetermined project period without the announced intention of providing additional support at a future date.
2. Planning Activity/Conference - to facilitate strategic planning session(s) required of faculty, industry, professional association, community leaders, or other necessary participants for the specific purpose of developing a formal plan leading to a subsequent submission of a collaborative grant as described directly below in D.3.a. and b.
3. Collaborative. Collaborative grants support projects with at least one additional partner or a multi-partner approach Collaborative grants should build linkages to generate a critical mass of expertise, skill and technology to address education/teaching programs related to the FANH sciences. Grants can reduce duplication of efforts and/or build capacity and must be organized and led by a strong applicant with documented project management knowledge and skills to organize and carry out the initiative. The partners must share grant funds (see explanation of required funds distribution percentage among partners in the definition).
For more information on these three grant types, see: https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/fy-19-capacity-building-grants-nlgca-program-20190703.pdf#page=6
The NLGCA Program is accepting applications for four project types:
For detailed descriptions on each of these project types, see: https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/fy-19-capacity-building-grants-nlgca-program-20190703.pdf#page=8
GrantWatch ID#: 145801
Planning Activity/Conference Grant: Applicants in this Grant Type may request up to $30,000 (total conference, not per year).
Regular Grant (Single Institution/Organization): NLGCA applicants may request up to $150,000 (total, not per year).
Collaborative Grants: Collaborative Grants are expected to be larger than Regular Grants and should not exceed $3 million. Applicants may request up to $300,000 (total, not per year) for a Joint Project Proposal. Applicants may request up to $750,000 (total, not per year) for a large-scale (state or regional) comprehensive initiative (LCI) Project Proposal.
- Regular: 2-3 years
- Planning/Conference: 2-3 years
- Collaborative-Joint: 3 years
- Collaborative- Large-scale Comprehensive Initiative (LCI): 3 years
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Programmatic Contact –
Dr. Ariela Zycherman; National Program Leader, Division of Community and Education;
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
4341 Waterfront Centre, 800 9th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
Telephone: (202) 720-0384
Administrative/Business Contacts –
Adriene Woodin; Branch Chief, Office of Grants and Financial Management
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 2201
Washington, DC 20250-2201
Telephone: (202) 401-4326
Fax: (202) 401-1804
Rochelle McCrea; Team Leader, Team I; Office of Grants and Financial Management;
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., SW STOP 2271
Washington, DC 20250-2271
Telephone: (202) 401-2880
Fax: (202) 401-6271
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