USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Support to Improve Community-based Programs for At-risk Children, Youth, and Families

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Media Contact: Selina Meiners, 202-734-9376

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support to equip at-risk children, youth, and families with the skills they need to lead positive, productive, and contributing lives. Funding is made through NIFA’s Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk Sustainable Community Projects (CYFAR SCP) program.

Through the CYFAR program, NIFA marshals resources of the Land-grant and Cooperative Extension Systems (CES) so that, in collaboration with other organizations, they can develop and deliver educational curricula. The purpose of the program is to improve the quality and quantity of comprehensive community-based programs for the at-risk community supported by the CES. Examples of at-risk communities include those with children and families coping with military deployments, violence, obesity, poverty and poor school achievement, and other critical issues.
Applications may only be submitted by Cooperative Extension at 1890 Land-grant Institutions, 1862 Land-grant Colleges and Universities, and the University of the District of Columbia.
NIFA reviews all proposals accepted in NIFA’s competitive grant programs through an external peer review process in which a panel of experts from within the respective field in question takes part. Specific details on panel meetings, review formats, and evaluation criteria may vary among programs.
There is $6.6 million in available funding to support CYFAR programming.  From this amount, $800,000 will be available to fund new CYFAR SCPs under this RFA, which will have project periods ranging up to five (5) years. The remaining $5.8 million will fund 35 CYFAR continuation Sustainable Community Projects.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Eastern time, April 9, 2018. Please see the funding opportunity for details.
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