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SNAP Online Purchasing for Farmers and Farmers’ Markets

Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits to Assist
Farmers in Accepting Nutrition Program Payments

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

Deadline Date:

08/23/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories nonprofit organizations to enable farmers to accept payments through nutrition programs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to help farmers obtain approval and implement the appropriate technology to accept SNAP benefits through online transactions. All applicant organizations must be domestic entities and shall be owned, operated, and located within the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, or the United States Virgin Islands.

The primary goals of this grant are to increase the participation of DMFs/FMs in SNAP online purchasing, and SNAP online purchasing access to DMFs/FMs by SNAP recipients.

The grantee will use resources from this grant to:

  • Objective 1: Assist SNAP-authorized DMFs/FMs in becoming authorized to participate as Internet Retailers (IRs).
  • Objective 2: Coordinate with other FNS grantees and contracts to maximize the efficient use of funding and resources in assisting DMFs/FMs in their participation in SNAP.
  • Objective 3: Develop an eCommerce Platform (the “Solution”) for use by DMFs/FMs and SNAP customers to conduct SNAP online transactions.
  • Objective 4: Train and provide technical support for DMFs/FMs in applying for SNAP authorization as an Internet Retailer and on-going participation in SNAP.
  • Objective 5: Monitor progress, including achievements, milestones, and risks and issues.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197143

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$4,000,000

Number of Grants:

Up to 5

Estimated Size of Grant:

Expected amounts of individual Federal awards: $750,000 to $4 million

Term of Contract:

Anticipated start dates and period of performance: September 15, 2021 – September 14, 2025

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant competition supports efforts by nonprofit entities. A nonprofit entity is any organization or institution with IRS 501(c) status or accredited institutions of higher education, where no part of the net earnings benefit any private shareholder or individual. All applicant organizations must be domestic entities and shall be owned, operated, and located within the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, or the United States Virgin Islands.

Nonprofit entities with experience building online purchasing platforms for technology solutions for DMFs/FMs will be given priority.

Unallowable Costs:
- Commercial Debit or Credit Transactions Online – The grantee will develop a cost structure that ensures that all fees associated with commercial debit/credit accepted by FMs/DMFs on the ecommerce platform are charged to the participating FM/DMF and are not paid for using grant funds. This grant is intended to support SNAP the ability and costs associated with FMs/DMFs accepting SNAP purchases online.

Pre-Application Information:

Critical Dates:
- June 23, 2021 - Request For Application posted on Grants.gov
- Aug. 23, 2021, 11:59 PM EST - Applications due to Grants.gov
- By Sept. 30, 2021 - Grant awarded

In order to apply, at least four weeks prior to submission, you must have:
- Obtained a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number;
- Registered the DUNS number into the System for Award Management (SAM); and,
- Registered in grants.gov.

USDA strongly encourages applicants to begin the process at least four weeks before the due date and to submit applications to Grants.gov at least one week before the deadline to allow time to troubleshoot any issues, should they arise.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334298

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Anna Arrowsmith, Grant Officer
Grants and Fiscal Policy Division
U.S. Department of Agriculture, FNS
1320 Braddock Place
Alexandra, VA 22314
E-mail: Anna.Arrowsmith@usda.gov

CFDA Number:

10.545

Funding or Pin Number:

USDA-FNS-SNAP-21-PAFFM

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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