New Funding Opportunity Through USDA

USDA announced it will be distributing $5 million in grants under the Hunger Free Communities Act, which will fund activities that include "food distribution, community outreach, resource development and other methods to make food more accessible to those most in need. One million will fund Planning and Assessment Grants to evaluate food insecurity in communities and develop strategies to become hunger-free. The remaining $4 million will support Implementation Grants for communities that already have a plan to end hunger and need resources for program implementation."

Congress authorized such grants in the 2008 Farm Bill and appropriated the money in the 2010 Appropriations bill. The cost of the activities funded by the grant will be covered 80 percent by the federal government and 20 percent by the applicant. The grants will be available to public and not-for-profit organizations and require collaboration with one or more community partners. This must include a Food Policy Council (an existing one, its functional equivalent, or the creation of one).

Grant applications must be submitted by September 1, 2010. Organizations can submit their proposals by email to: or through the web at

To learn more visit these links:
Prospective Applicant Webinar, July 20th 3-4 pm EST
Request for applications.
Hunger Free Communities Letter from S. Duke Storen, Director, Office of Strategic Initiatives, Partnerships, and Outreach.

As this process unfolds, FRAC will be providing you more information.

If you have questions, please contact Betsy Edwards at

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