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Preparedness in Food and Agricultural Systems

Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants (SLSNCGP)

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

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05/26/22 5:00 PM ET


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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

Applicants may apply for Standard Grants, Planning Grants, or Conference or Training Workshop Grants. For project and grant types, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 156459

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Maximum Award Amount:
- Standard Grant: $150,000
- Planning Grant: $15,000
- Conference or Training Workshop Grant: $50,000

Term of Contract:

Standard Grant project periods range from 24 to 36 months. Planning Grants have a maximum of 12 months duration.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants for the for the SLSNCGP (Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grant Program) must meet all the requirements discussed in this RFA. Failure to meet the eligibility criteria by the application deadline may result in exclusion from consideration or preclude NIFA from making an award. For those new to Federal financial assistance, NIFA’s Grants Overview provides highly recommended information about grants and other resources to help understand the Federal awards process.

Applications may only be submitted by 1862 land-grant institutions in the 50 states and the U.S. territories, American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply, provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project. The 1862 land-grant institutions may partner with each other as well as with other land-grant institutions (e.g., 1890s and 1994s), non- land-grant institutions, and non-governmental organizations within their state or their region on joint proposals. Failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, even though an application may be reviewed, will preclude NIFA from making an award.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Deadlines:
- Application: May 26, 2022, 5:00 P.M. Eastern
- Letter of Intent: Not Required
- Applicants Comments: Within six months from the issuance of this notice
(NIFA may not consider comments received after the sixth month)

New Users to must register early with prior to submitting an application (Register at

Match Requirements: 100 percent (%) match required.
No match is required for 1994 land-grant institutions and Hispanic Serving Institutions. Only 50% matching funds are required for Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands; NIFA may consider waiver of match for these territories. Additionally, consistent with 48 U.S.C. 1469a(d) and 1469a note, notwithstanding any other provision of law, in the case of American Samoa, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands, NIFA will waive any requirement for local matching funds under $200,000 (including in-kind contributions).
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Program Contacts:
- Ashley Mueller 816-412-7411
- Deborah Reyome 816-642-1203

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National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 419205, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-6205

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