Community Food Projects
Technical assistance & resources available for applicants and grantees
The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, in collaboration with its partners, offers free one-on-one technical assistance, educational resources, and professional development opportunities for current grantees and applicants to the Community Food Projects grant program of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
The 2016 application period closed on November 30, 2015. If you are interested in learning more about the grant program, or getting support before the next year's RFA period, please fill out this request for assistance form.
- Information for Applicants
- Information for Current Grantees
- Request one-on-one assistance (applicants and grantees)
Please contact Sarah Lambertson with any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Community Food Projects Overview
The primary goals of the Community Food Projects Grant Program are to:
- Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to assist in participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service;
- Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities;
- Promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues;
- Meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs
Community Food Projects are intended to bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food system and to foster understanding of national food security trends and how they might improve local food systems.
USDA Community Food Projects website - includes an overview of the grant program, a download of the 2015 Request for Applications
Overview of the Community Food Projects Program
Guide to Community Food Projects - Maya Tauber and Andy Fisher
Community Food Projects FY 2016 Grant Writing Guide - A comprehensive guide to serve as a supplement to the RFA.
Planning Grant FY 2016 Guide - A guide specifically for organizations interested in apply for the CFP planning grant.
Electronic Submissions Guide - A guide that walks through the process of submitting grants through Grants.gov
Summary of Community Food Projects - Created by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Planning Successful Community Food Projects - Originally by Hugh Joseph and Barbara Rushmore, updated by New Entry
Inclusive Engagement Toolkit for Community Food Projects Planning - October 2015, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
Community Food Projects Evaluation
Community Food Project Evaluation Handbook - Created by Community Food Security Coalition
Community Food Project Evaluation Toolkit - Created by Community Food Security Coaltion
Whole Measures for Community Food Systems - Community Food Security Coalition
Whole Measures for Community Food Systems: Stories from the Field - Community Food Security Coalition
Community Food Projects Indicators of Success
In order to determine the collective impact of the Community Food Projects grant program on an annual basis, the Community Food Security Coalition and the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture developed the Community Food Projects Indicators of Success. This method focuses on outcomes based reporting and was conducted annually from 2005 – 2011. The FY 2014 report is the first one compiled since 2011.
Indicators of Success Report: FY 2015 - New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
Choctaw Fresh Produce Case Study - FY 2015
YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Case Study - FY 2015
Indicators of Success Report: FY 2014 - New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
Indicators of Success Report: FY 2011 - Community Food Security Coalition
Community Food Security Coalition Resources
The Community Food Security Coalition had the CFP Training and Technical Assistance grant for several years and created a variety of helpful resources.
Why Hunger Resources
Community Food Projects Database - on the WhyHunger website
Community Food Security in the United States: A Survey of the Scientific Literature Volume II - The John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
This project is supported by the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Grant #2014-33800-22325 and made possible by collaborations with: