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FY 2021 SNAP Process and Technology Improvement Grants

Grants to USA, Guam, and Virgin Islands Agencies and
Nonprofits to Improve Food Assistance Programs

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

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06/22/21 11:59 PM EST Receipt


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Grants to USA, Guam, and Virgin Islands state and local governments, health and welfare agencies, nonprofit organizations, and educational entities for new projects that enhance the operations of food assistance programs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support innovative projects that improve customer service, strengthen emergency response, and increase user-centered design in applications and notices.

Process and Technology Improvement Grants support efforts by State agencies and their community-based and faith-based partners to develop and implement projects that focus on improving the quality and efficiency of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) operations and processes.

This grant competition requires applicants to respond to at least one of the following three priority areas and to report qualitative and quantitative data in order to measure meeting the objective(s) associated with those priority area(s):

  1. Increase the use of human-centered design in SNAP applications and notices (Objective #1): Proposals targeted towards this priority area will aim to increase the use of humancentered design in SNAP applications and notices.
  2. Improve preparedness for public health emergency and pandemic response by strengthening virtual and disaster response operations (Objective #2): Proposals targeted towards this priority area will implement projects that improve day to day SNAP operations and increase adaptability and responsiveness of SNAP processes. 
  3. Improve SNAP customer service responsiveness and effectiveness (Objective #3): Proposals targeted towards this priority area should focus on improving SNAP customer service and increasing client access.

For further details and examples of each of the above priority areas, see

Funds from this RFA are for new projects. Grantees may use grant funds to procure contracts for good or services.

Fiscal Year 2021 Priorities: New for 2021: Projects that advance racial equity and inclusion and/or serve underserved populations such as Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; elderly persons; Limited English Proficiency (LEP) persons; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality are especially encouraged. While proposals that target these populations are not required, every project, regardless of focus, must analyze how their project will impact racial equity and inclusion.

FNS is particularly interested in projects in any of the priority areas that take advantage of existing, or create new, public-private partnerships (PPPs) to increase food security in a costefficient and accountable manner. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 183729

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Number of Grants:

Generally, FNS awards between 6-11 grants annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

FNS anticipates that funding per award will likely range from $20,000 to $2,000,000.

Term of Contract:

Grantees may use the grant funds for the duration of the project period, which is expected to be September 30, 2021 through September 30, 2024.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Local Governments
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments
  • Educational Institutions

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The entities eligible to receive grants under this competition are:
- The 53 state agencies that administer SNAP;
- State or local governments;
- Agencies providing health or welfare services;
- Public health or educational entities; and
- Private nonprofit entities such as community-based or faith-based organizations, food banks, or other emergency feeding organizations.

Throughout this Request for Applications (RFA), the term “State agencies” refers to the agencies of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and Guam that administer SNAP.

Any eligible entity that received a Process and Technology Improvement Grant award last fiscal year (FY 2020) is ineligible to apply and receive a PTI grant this fiscal year (FY 2021). This restriction only applies to the lead entity on the award (i.e. the recipient whose name appears in block 9 of the awarded project’s FNS-529) and not to partner organizations or government agencies on a particular project.

Restrictions on Funding Use:
- Process and Technology Improvement Grant funds cannot be used for the ongoing cost of carrying out an existing project.
- FNS will pre-screen all applications to ensure the applicants are eligible entities and are in compliance with all Program regulations. Projects predicated on waiving SNAP regulations are not allowable. However, if during the grant application period, a State agency determines a waiver is needed, the State may apply for the waiver, though FNS cannot guarantee the waiver will be approved.
- Projects may not be devoted toward outreach activities. The drafting or printing of informational materials, pure application assistance, screening/pre-qualifying applicants, or other similar activities cannot be funded by Process and Technology Improvement Grants.
- Pre-award costs will not be awarded for grant projects.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Webinars will be held as follows:

- Informational Webinar #1: May 6, 2021, 3 pm EST
To register:

- Informational Webinar #2: May 14, 2021, 2 pm EST
To register:

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on June 22, 2021.

Critical Dates:
- April 23, 2021: Request For Application posted on
- May 6, 2021, 3 pm: EST Informational Webinar #1
- May 14, 2021, 2 pm: EST Informational Webinar #2
- June 22, 2021: Applications due to
- September 2021: PTIGs awarded

In order to submit an application via, applicants must have a valid DUNS number and be registered in both SAM and on (The SAMstatus must be maintained throughout the duration of a Federal award.) Some of this information may take days or weeks to complete. Please plan accordingly as applications must be completely submitted in before the application deadline. USDA strongly encourages applicants to begin the process at least 4 weeks before the due date and to submit applications to at least 1 week before the deadline to allow time to troubleshoot any issues, should they arise.

Proposals supporting any of the priority areas must identify how the proposed project will improve one or more aspects of the SNAP certification process.

State agencies may submit more than one application each, or enter into more than one partnership. However, if the State submits more than one application, the State must make explicit in each application its relationship to any others. Proposals forwarded by any given State agency should request funding for distinct, non-overlapping activities.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions regarding this solicitation, please contact:
Anna Arrowsmith, Grant Officer
Grants and Fiscal Policy Division
U.S. Department of Agriculture, FNS
1320 Braddock Place, 6th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314

For technical support, please contact: support

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: Guam (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)

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