United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
05/26/22 5:00 PM ET
Grants to USA and territories eligible institutions of higher education for disaster preparedness programs. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting a proposal. Funding is intended to support programs to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and disaster threats in food and agricultural systems. Eligible applicants are 1862 land-grant institutions.
The purpose of the Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program (SLSNCGP) is to support innovative, education-based approaches to address disaster preparedness and specific responses related to disasters or disaster threats caused by natural, human-made, or technological hazards, or by other factors that contribute to the exposure or vulnerability of a community. The goals and objectives of SLSNCGP include supporting quality of life in communities across the United States by addressing disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation in food and agricultural systems. The SLSNCGP also seeks to continue to provide information and resources to USDA stakeholders and collaborators to improve decision-making before, during, and after disasters.
Grant funds will support innovative extension education initiatives that address risks, hazards, and threats that may lead to disasters. The SLSNCGP enables the Cooperative Extension System (CES) to assist in preparing for, providing an educational response to, recovering from, and mitigating disasters and disaster threats. Some types of hazards and disaster-related programming funded in previous years include uncertainties caused by losses of economic infrastructure, extreme weather or other disasters, security breaches, human disease, volunteerism, local coordination, or high consequence animal diseases and plant pests. The SLSNCGP promotes awareness and capacity building of urban and rural communities’ response to disasters by strengthening individual, family, farm, and small business disaster preparedness, particularly for those who have been historically underserved, through education and collaborations with other agencies/volunteer organizations.
NIFA intends to fund SLSNCGP projects to implement applied research, education and extension programs that serve public needs in preparation for, during, and after disaster or disaster threats. Regional, multi-state, or national efforts are prioritized. Highly replicable single-state projects may be considered if they have a strong plan for scalability and transferring successful methods to other states.
The SLSNCGP will also fund the development of educational programs and demonstration activities focusing on disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. The most competitive proposals will provide educational and communication leadership across an optimized mix of these and other resources.
To be considered for funding, projects must support extension activities through at least one of the strategies listed at https://www.nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2022-04/FY22-SLSNCGP-RFA-508.pdf#page=8.
Applicants may apply for Standard Grants, Planning Grants, or Conference or Training Workshop Grants. For project and grant types, see https://www.nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2022-04/FY22-SLSNCGP-RFA-508.pdf#page=10.
GrantWatch ID#: 156459
Maximum Award Amount:
- Standard Grant: $150,000
- Planning Grant: $15,000
- Conference or Training Workshop Grant: $50,000
Standard Grant project periods range from 24 to 36 months. Planning Grants have a maximum of 12 months duration.
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