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Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Nutrition Education (FDPNE) Grant Program

Grants to USA Indian Tribal Organizations and State Entities for
Nutritional Education Programs in the Indigenous Community

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

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03/08/21 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA Indian tribal organizations and state entities for nutritional education programs in the indigenous community. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to improve skills and behaviors related to nutrition, strengthen existing partnerships to provide sustainable nutrition education and wellness promotion programs in Tribal communities, and increase Tribal capacity to influence and reinforce nutrition-related skills and behaviors throughout the community.

Since 2008, FNS has awarded funding each fiscal year for nutrition education projects through Food Distribution Program Nutrition Education (FDPNE) grants. Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) and State agencies (SAs) that have a direct agreement with FNS to administer FDPIR are eligible to apply for funds to conduct projects that provide nutrition information and services to FDPIR participants.

The overall goal of the FDPNE grant program is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for FDPIR will make healthy food choices consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA MyPlate Guidance.

Desired outcomes of this grant program include:

  1. Improve nutrition-related skills and behaviors among FDPIR participants, resulting in healthier food choices and a better understanding of healthy ways to prepare USDA Foods provided in the FDPIR food package;
    1. Examples of nutrition-related skills are:
      1. Knowing how to prepare fresh fruits and vegetables and incorporate them into recipes.
      2. Using lower fat cooking methods such as baking, steaming, or sautéing in place of frying.
      3. Preparing food with less sodium.
    2. Examples of nutrition-related behaviors are:
      1. Being confident in preparing healthy meals for individuals or the family.
      2. Eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables most days.
      3. Choosing to use healthy cooking methods.
      4. Modeling healthy choices for others at family and community events.
  2. Strengthen existing partnerships to provide sustainable nutrition education and wellness promotion programs in Tribal communities.
    1. Existing partner organizations could include: local tribal colleges, local health and wellness centers, tribal/cooperative extension, SNAP-Ed educators, schools, or other community organizations that have an established history working with Indian Tribal Organizations.
    2. Providing sustainable nutrition education and wellness promotion programs could include development of culturally relevant nutrition education and wellness resources (e.g., lesson materials, videos, cookbooks) that can be maintained and readily available for FDPIR participants.
  3. Increase Tribal capacity to influence and reinforce nutrition-related skills and behaviors throughout the community.
    1. Increased capacity refers to continuing, expanding, creating, and maintaining new partnerships with other organizations or individuals that will help you reach your FDPIR nutrition goals.
    2. For example, developing a tribal wellness policy that requires healthy food and beverage choices be available at community events;
    3. Or working with a tribal wellness center or health clinic to include foods available in the FDPIR food package in cooking or wellness classes and programming. 

Project Goals can be found on page 6 of the RFA, see Attached Documents below.

Allowable Costs can be found starting at page 7 of the RFA.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174652

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 15

Estimated Size of Grant:

In prior years, individual awards ranged from $2,000 to $214,000.

Term of Contract:

The period for performance of these grants is one year from date of award.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) and State agencies (SAs) that administer FDPIR may apply individually and/or as a consortium (e.g., as a region or a regional nutrition advisory council). A FDPIR allowance holder is an entity that has a direct agreement with FNS to administer FDPIR. All applications must be submitted by an FDPIR allowance holder. This allowance holder MUST have a direct relationship with FNS.Any applicant that is not an allowance holder may still receive a grant project, BUT an FDPIR allowance holder MUST submit the application project on the Tribe’s behalf AND serve as the Tribe’s fiscal sponsor, ensuring both progress and financial status reports are submitted as well as maintaining and accounting for the Tribe’s grant funding.If one or more ITOs wish to apply as a consortium, one ITO must be designated as the lead agency and apply on behalf of the other ITOs. This ITO MUST be a FDPIR allowance holder. The lead agency is responsible, fiscally and operationally, for the overall administration of the project.

Pre-Application Information:

- Release Date: January 6, 2021
- Application Due Date: March 8, 2021 by 11:59 PM, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
- Anticipated Award Date: August 2021

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

USDA strongly encourages applicants to begin the process at least four weeks before the due date and to submit applications to at least one week before the deadline to allow time to troubleshoot any issues, should they arise. The system provides several confirmation notices; applicants should ensure receipt of confirmation that the application was accepted (not just received).

There is no match requirement for the FY21 FDPNE grant program.

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

For questions regarding this solicitation, please contact the Grants Officer at:
Kimberly Shields, Grants Officer
Grants Management Operations Branch
Grants and Fiscal Policy Division
U.S. Department of Agriculture, FNS
1320 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22314

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