Food Safety Outreach Program

USDA-NIFA Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grant Program provides funding for food safety training and education for small and mid-sized producers and processors affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

In FY 2019, the Food Safety Outreach Program expanded upon the FY 2015 national infrastructure established by USDA-NIFA and FDA-CFSAN (National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program). The program focuses on the delivery of customized training to small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Eligibility is quite broad,including,Cooperative Extension, NGOs and CBOs, Federal, State, local or tribal agencies, or institutions of higher education. Because the size and capabilities of eligible applicants varies widely, projects are awarded at two levels.

Community Outreach Projects

Community Outreach Projects will support the development of new food safety education and outreach programs in local niche- and hard to reach communities (previously known as Pilot Projects) and expand upon existing food safety education and outreach programs that address the needs of small, specialized audiences whose education needs have not previously been adequately addressed. These projects enable the development of new programs and allow existing programs to broaden their scope by reaching out to a larger number of participants, or expand the programs to new and broader audiences. In addition, Community Outreach Projects enable existing education and training curricula and other resources to be modified to ensure that they are consistent with FSMA guidelines and that they meet the needs of expanded audiences. New audiences should include those from a variety of agricultural production and processing systems.

Collaborative Education and Training Projects

Collaborative Education and Training Projects will support the development of multi-county, state-wide or multi-state programs. For example, these projects will support collaborations among states not necessarily located within the same regions, but having common food safety concerns, or addressing common commodities. Potential applicants must have an established track record of working with target audiences, and must be capable of developing and modifying food safety training curricula to meet new FSMA rules for a variety of agricultural production and processing systems.

COLLABORATIVE ENGAGEMENT SUPPLEMENTS

Collaborative Engagement Supplements will be available for applications submitted under Community Outreach Projects and Collaborative Education and Training Projects that support coordination among 1890s, 1862s, 1994s, Insular Areas, ANNH, and HSACU. Applications that include significant collaborations with 1890s, 1862s, 1994s, Insular Areas, ANNH, or HSACU to increase outreach to underserved minority communities will be funded up to $150,000 above the listed budget maximum for Community Outreach and Collaborative Education and Training Projects (up to $300,000 for Community Outreach and $550,000 for Collaborative Education and Training).

The full Request for Application can be found on the NIFA website.

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