United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s work spans 5 mission areas and 17 agencies to empower rural America "every way, every day." Supporting the Let's Move! In Indian Country initiative, the Food & Nutrition Service administers numerous programs aimed at supporting healthy and active lifestyles for all ages. The Food and Nutrition Service works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 Federal nutrition assistance programs which ensure access to healthy and safe foods to those participating in our programs.
USDA's Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) serves as the single point of contact for consultation with American Indian and Alaskan Native Governments and continues to refine the consultation process to ensure strong partnerships that will preserve Tribal sovereignty and result in high quality service for farmers, ranchers, consumers, and other constituents.
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Agency Grants, Awards, and Resources:
- HHFKA Demonstration Projects to End Childhood Hunger
- FDPIR Nutrition Education Program in Tribal Communities Grants
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program: This grant provides funding for education, training, outreach and mentoring programs to enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. The recipient must be a collaborative, State, tribal, local, or regionally-based network or partnership of public or private entities, which may include: state cooperative extension service; community-based and nongovernmental organization; college or university (including institutions awarding associate degrees); or any other appropriate partner. The team should, if possible, use the expertise of officers and employees of the Department of Agriculture (excluding NIFA) with direct experience in programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that may be taught as part of the curriculum for the program or workshop, including (but not limited to) Farm Service Agency, Rural Development, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. Employees of other federal agencies may also be appropriate for inclusion on Educational Enhancement Teams.
The application deadline for 2014 has passed. 2014 Tribal grantees will be listed on this page after the awards are announced.
For additional information, please visit the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (BFRDP) . Please direct inquiries to Jill Auburn by e-mail or by phone at (202) 720-2635.
LMIC will post the 2015 Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program Request for Application when it becomes available.
Accomplishments and Successes:
- Creation of a healthier FDPIR food package
- 21st Century Learning Communities
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative is the only federal funding source dedicated exclusively to afterschool programs. The No Child Left Behind Act reauthorized 21st CCLC in 2002, transferring the administration of the grants from the U.S. Department of Education to the State Education Agencies. Each state receives funds based on its share of Title I funding for low-income students.
GoGirlGo!, the Women's Sports Foundation's landmark educational program, launched in 2001 for elementary, middle and high school girls, works across the country to keep girls involved in physical activity and to improve the health of sedentary girls.