Application deadline: Jan. 23, 2024
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (PL 117-2, ARPA) provided the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with $390 million, available through FY 2024, to carry out outreach, innovation, and program modernization efforts to increase participation and redemption of benefits for both the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP).
As part of the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program e-Solution Grants innovation and modernization efforts under ARPA, FNS will provide funds through non-competitive grants to FMNP state agencies, including Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) and territories, to complete projects aimed at modernizing benefit delivery via procurement of web-based mobile benefit delivery software. This transition to electronic transaction technology in FMNP is important so WIC families can keep using benefits to purchase fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables and farmers can participate using similar payment technology that they use with other customers. The primary goals of these funded projects must be to: (1) modernize benefit delivery for FMNP state agencies, participants, farmers and farmers’ markets; and (2) increase benefit utilization at farmers and farmers’ markets.
How to Apply
To apply for a FY 2023-24 FMNP e-solution Grant, interested state agencies or multi-state agency collaborations (with one state agency identified as the lead) must submit their application via email to their respective FNS regional office Grants management administrative services (GMAS) point of contact with cc: to the relevant regional office program staff listed below. Applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. ET by the deadlines outlined in the table below. Late applications will not be considered.
|FNS Regional Office||Grants Management Administrative Services POC||Program POC|
|Mid-Atlantic Regional Office||Howard.Lockstein@usda.gov||Jaime.VanLieu@usda.gov|
|Midwest Regional Office||Michael.Chambers@usda.gov||Samia.Hamdan@usda.gov|
|Mountain Plains Regional Office||Cynthia.Archuleta@usda.gov||Sandra.Clark@usda.gov|
|Northeast Regional Office||Li.Liu@usda.gov||Michelle.D’Auria@usda.gov|
|Southeast Regional Office||Dionne.Bounds@usda.gov||Sandy.Benton-Davis@usda.gov|
|Southwest Regional Office||Jeff.Wingate@usda.gov||Darrell.Allen@usda.gov|
|Western Regional Office||Rebecca.Hobbs@usda.gov||Chad.Davis-Montgomery@usda.gov|
For more information refer to the Notice of Funding Availability.