Grants to be issued for food security projects

Agricultural products. (PNC photo)

The Guam Department of Agriculture (DOAG) has been awarded $121,159.80, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Guam DOAG will administer a competitive Request For Proposals (RFP) to award federal funds to increase the quality and quantity of locally grown foods. The goal is to support food-insecure communities that import a significant amount of food. The funds will provide grants to qualifying applicants over a one to three-year period.

Activities funded under the DOAG Micro-Grants for Food Security Program (MGFSP) will assist eligible farmers with small-scale gardening, herding, and livestock operations by competitively distributing sub-awards to eligible entities.

There are two types of competitive grants:

  1. Individuals (farmers, ranchers, producers, home gardeners) may apply for a maximum of $5,000 per year for a maximum three years.

  2. Organizations may apply for a maximum of $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years.

The language in the statute regarding the types of non-profits that are eligible to apply under MGFSP is specific. The listed organizations are religious organizations, food banks, and food pantries. These are the only types of nonprofit organizations that are eligible to apply and receive a sub-award.

Food Bank (7 CFR 251.3(f)): means a public or charitable institution that maintains an established operation involving the provision of food or edible commodities, or the products of food or edible commodities, to food pantries, soup kitchens, hunger relief centers, or other food or feeding centers that, as an integral part of their normal activities, provide meals or food to feed needy persons on a regular basis.

Food Pantry (7 CFR 251.3(g)): means a public or private nonprofit organization that distributes food to low-income and unemployed households, including food from sources other than the Department of Agriculture, to relieve situations of emergency and distress.

Additional information can be found in 7 CFR 251.3 Definitions. An island-wide Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued on March 1, 2021 and posted on DOAG’s website.

Applicants must have a bona fide certificate and a registered DUNS number. Electronic submissions of RFP packets WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Applicants are required to come to Guam DOAG and manually submit an RFP packet.

The application DEADLINE to submit proposals is 5:00 pm Friday, April 30, 2021.

For more information, review the RFP on the DOAG website ADS page or contact Jathan Muna-Barnes or Division Chief John Borja at jathan.muna and respectively.