Community Food Projects
Update March 30, 2020: The new FY2020/FY2021 CFP RFA has been released, please see NIFA's website here. Unfortunately, New Entry is still unable to provide free training and technical assistance to applicants or grantees of the USDA Community Food Project's grant program. Andy Fisher, one of our expert Technical Assistance providers has generously offered to be available to review and edit grants at a sliding scale. Please be in touch if you would like to be connected to Andy for support for your proposal.
Update October 1, 2019: New Entry is no longer able to provide free training and technical assistance to applicants or grantees of the USDA Community Food Project's grant program. We encourage you to explore the resources we have developed here on our website over the past 7 years and to carefully review the new RFA when it is released for any changes or modifications to guidance presented in prior educational programs and resources. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes your community or organization.
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, in collaboration with its partners, provides access to 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). Fill out the form here to start the technical assistance process to be connected to a provider on a sliding-scale or fee-for-service basis.
The FY 2020-2021 Request for Applications for the Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program are due Wednesday, June 3, 2020 and Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
Information posted below will be updated as we develop new training material and schedule new webinars for applicants and grantees!
- Upcoming Trainings
- Information for Applicants
- Information for Current Grantees
- Webinars - view previously recorded webinars
- Technical Assistance providers - our referral network of TA providers
- CFP Resources - information and guidance on application process
- Request one-on-one assistance (applicants and grantees) up to 5 hours
If you would like to be added to our e-list, please sign up here. Be sure to select Community Food Projects Assistance from the list.
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.
Click here to view upcoming Community Food Projects webinars and trainings led by New Entry and our partners!
Unfortunately, New Entry no longer has access to resources to offer more webinars and trainings to assist current and new grantees and applicants. We apologize for any inconvenience.
USDA Community Food Projects website - includes an overview of the grant program, a download of the 2020-2021 Request for Applications
Overview of the Community Food Projects Program
Community Food Projects FY 2019 Grant Writing Guide - A comprehensive guide written by New Entry to serve as a supplement to the RFA.
Planning Grant FY 2019 Guide - A guide written by New Entry specifically for organizations interested in apply for the CFP planning grant (last update for 2019 RFA, please review 2020-2021 RFA carefully for any changes).
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 and Reporting
The Community Food Security Coalition and the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture developed the Community Food Projects Indicators of Success to determine the collective impact of the CFP grant program on an annual basis. New Entry Sustainable Farming Project now administers this survey annually to CFP grantees; participation is required. The Indicators of Success survey uses outcomes-based reporting that allows us to capture important information on project success and communicate those to the USDA.
Indicators of Success Report: FY2018 - New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
Indicators of Success Report: FY 2017 - New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
Indicators of Success Report: FY 2016 - New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (with case studies by Andy Fisher)
REEport Guide for Project Directors - NIFA June 2017
Community Food Security Coalition Resources
The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) had created a variety of helpful resources for technical assistance and training for applicants and grantees of CFP prior to New Entry taking on this role. Click here to view some of these resources. Note that many are dated (the CFSC dissolved in 2012) but still valuable.
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
Logic Model Development Guide - W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 2006 (webpage contains free PDF download)
This project is supported by the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Grant #2016-33800-25610 and made possible by collaborations with: