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U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) fosters positive youth development, supports rural and community development efforts, and promotes healthy eating and nutrition. USDA also houses the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), and Rural Development.

Funding Opportunities

Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services funding opportunities
The Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS) mission is to Increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture funding opportunities
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences.

Rural Development funding opportunities
Rural Development publishes Notices of Solicitation of Applications (NOSAs) or Notices of Funding Availability in the Federal Register. NOSAs provide program information organized in a consistent way to easily and quickly find information regarding Rural Development Opportunities.

Selected Programs and Initiatives

Clearinghouses and Technical Assistance

  • Children, Youth, and Families Education and Research Network (CYFERnet) is a national network of land-grant university faculty and county extension educators working to provide resources to community educational programs for children, youth, and families. Through CYFERnet, all land-grant universities submit publications, quality research information, and program materials for Children, Youth, and Families at Risk staff and others implementing programs.
  • Nutrition Education Materials from FNS are designed to educate low-income individuals about the nutrition benefits of SNAP and encourage participation. Materials include posters, brochures, flyers, guidebooks, and handouts. Many materials are available in a low literacy format in English and Spanish. All materials are free.