USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (OUAIP) is soliciting applications from eligible entities to host Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR) pilot projects. These projects benefit and improve a community’s food waste and food production programs, especially in minority communities.
The CFWR program aims to develop and test planning strategies and implement municipal compost and food waste reduction plans. Eligible projects can be in rural, urban, and suburban communities.
Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 15, 2023.
Total grant funding is estimated to be $9,500,000. The funding floor for this opportunity is $55,000, and the funding ceiling is $400,000 per project.
The following entities are eligible to apply for this grant:
OUAIP will accept project proposals that address at least one of the following:
Research proposals will not be considered!
Additional Project Guidance
In addition to the eligible projects listed above, applicants are encouraged to address environmental justice priorities, racial equality, climate, investment in disadvantaged communities, and climate-smart agricultural practices as part of their application. Priority will go to projects that include the following elements:
How to Apply
The following is an overview of information from the USDA on the funding opportunity. Note that several steps are required, and it is recommended this process start immediately as considerable time may be required.
Other Documents (If Applicable)
For a more detailed outline of the required application components, refer to pages 9–17 of the USDA’s CFWR Pilot Projects PDF. file:///C:/Users/0948dlm/Downloads/FINAL%20-%20USDA-NRCS-NHQ-CFWR-22-NOFO0001179%206-3-2022.pdf
Applications will be evaluated for award based on the following criteria:
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