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Community Food Projects Grant

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Request for Applications for 2007 is out!

The Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program is a major funding source for community-based food and agriculture projects in the U.S. Approximately $4.6 million in funds will be available in 2007.

The request for applications (RFA) was released on January 12. Initial letters of intent are due by February 13 (by email). Based on a review of these letters, some applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, due by April 13.The procedures are detailed in the CFP Request for Applications, which is available at the website as follows: .

The initial Letters of Intent (LOI) will be submitted by regular email, but those invited to submit a full proposal will need to go through a complicated electronic submission process. Because this process cantake up to two months or more and will soon be required for all federal grants, applicants not already registered are strongly encouraged to start the registration process as soon as possible at

More information and technical support contacts are available online

The CFP Program supports projects that:

Help meet the food needs of low-income people

Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs

Promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition issues

Meet specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agriculture needs for infrastructure improvement and development, long-term planning, or the creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers

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