FFY 2021-2022 Request for Applications (RFA)

Nevada SNAP-Ed is seeking applicants (implementing agencies) that are enthusiastic to create change in the community while also contributing to a larger scope of SNAP-Ed work that achieves impact at a statewide level. Nevada invites organizations that work with, or want to work with, people who are living with limited food and financial resources to submit an application for funding. If awarded, the funding will allow the applicant to create and implement a 2-year SNAP-Ed Plan in their community that works to improve nutrition, physical activity, food security, and health equity for people and communities experiencing poverty.

The Nevada SNAP-Ed Goal is to improve the likelihood that Nevadans eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices with a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles.

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2022 (2-years)

All subaward agreements will be on a 2-year performance period, with an annual funding allocation depending on the availability of federal funding. Annual funding is also contingent on previous history of performance and use of funds during previous years.

Background:

All applicants are encouraged to read through the information bulleted below regarding SNAP-Ed and inform their application:

All SNAP-Ed funded projects must:

  1. Comply with current USDA FNS SNAP-Ed Guidance;
  2. Address the State of Nevada’s four priority objectives and focus areas, identified by the 2017-2018 Statewide Needs Assessment;
  3. Demonstrate how projects relate to preventing obesity and improving food security, nutrition, and physical activity with populations of low-income in their communities;
  4. Comply with State expectations outlines in the sub-recipient statement of work; and
  5. Identify what counties and zip codes will be reached with their interventions to ensure Nevada SNAP-Ed funding is dispersed throughout the state, especially to high-need areas.

Letter of Interest:

All interested applicants are encouraged to send DWSS a completed Letter of Interest to state their interest in applying for SNAP-Ed funds for FFY2021-2022. This letter is non-binding and not required, however, is helpful to track interested applicants and their contact information.

Download the Letter of Interest Form and submit to DWSS via email (sxcook@dwss.nv.gov) or mail to: DWSS – Nevada SNAP-Ed, 400 W. King Street, Suite 300, Carson City  NV 89706 by Monday, June 1, 2020.

-Letter of Interest Form

Introduction

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is a federal funded program that is per 7 CFR 272.2, “a combination of educational strategies, accompanied by supporting policy, systems, and environmental interventions, demonstrated to facilitate adoption of food and physical activity choices and other nutrition-related behaviors conducive to the health and well-being of SNAP participants and low-income individuals eligible to receive benefits under SNAP or other means-tested programs and individuals residing in communities with a significant low-income population.” Nevada SNAP-Ed is administered through the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services (DWSS) by utilizing partnering agencies throughout the state to conduct SNAP-Ed programs as a Sub-Grantee Implementing Agency (IA). For additional resources on the information outlined in the Nevada SNAP-Ed Guidance, refer to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education Plan Guidance FY 2021.

SNAP-Ed programs must include policy, systems, and environmental change (PSE) approaches; be coordinated with complementing national and state nutrition education and obesity prevention services and evaluated using evaluation indicators across the Social-Ecological Model, refer to the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework

The FFY 2021 Estimated Allocations for Nevada is $3,287,517. The total funds available to Nevada for SNAP-Ed FFY 2020, was $3,237,498. For FFY 2020, funding was awarded to 13 Nevada Implementing Agencies (IAs) who conducted 39 projects, including 23 direct education programs and 18 policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies. The smallest and largest amount awarded per project in FFY2020 were $43,911and $1,828,575 respectively.

Target Population

The target audience for Nevada SNAP-Ed is defined as SNAP participants and low-income individuals who qualify to receive SNAP benefits or other means-tested Federal assistance programs, such as Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. It also includes individuals residing in communities with a significant low-income population.

All Nevada SNAP-Ed activities are to focus on culturally appropriate programming and strategies through partnerships and collaboration with community engagement. All programs must identify prior to funding and at the time of an annual report, what counties and zip codes will be reached with their programs. This will be done on the County & Project Table. This is to ensure that Nevada SNAP-Ed funding is dispersed throughout the state, especially in areas of greater need.

Goals and Focus

The SNAP-Ed goal is to improve the likelihood that Nevadans eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices with a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA food guidance system, MyPlate.

The focus on SNAP-Ed is:

  • Implementing strategies or interventions, among other health promotion efforts, to help the SNAP-Ed target audiences establish healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle; and
  • Primary prevention of diseases to help the SNAP-Ed target audience with risk factors for nutrition-related chronic disease, such as obesity, prevent or postpone the onset of disease by establishing healthier eating habits and being more physically active.

All SNAP-Ed activities are to focus on culturally appropriate programming and strategies through partnerships and collaboration with community engagement.

Timeline:

DateActivity
Monday, June 1, 2020Non-binding Letter of Interest (LOI) due by 5 p.m. PT*
Monday, July 13, 2020Electronic Transmission of Grant Applications (Project Plans) due by 5 p.m. PT*
Monday, August 17, 2020Estimated Notice of Plan Approval by DWSS
Wednesday, September 30, 2020Notice of USDA Funding Award
Thursday, October 1, 2020Tentative funding begins

*Submit LOI and proposals electronically to the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services (DWSS) Attn: Stephanie Cook at sxcook@dwss.nv.gov.

FFY2021-2022 RFA Materials

Applicants and interested community partners should download the application materials and refer to the “Application Resources” for necessary reference materials that will assist in completing the application.

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