CFP Applicants

For Applicants

Applying to the USDA for a Community Food Projects grant can be a challenge, but the benefits to your program and the people you serve can also be extremely valuable. New Entry and our partners are available to help you evaluate your project and provide expert advice on how to submit a high quality proposal that reflects the impactful work you do in your community.

To return to the main Community Food Projects assistance page, click here

One-on-One Technical Assistance for Applicants

To receive one-on-one technical assistance with developing and/or submitting a CFP proposal, fill out our request for assistance form.

Request for Applications

The FY2019 Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (“CFP”) application period was April 22 through June 3, 2019. 

Upcoming Webinars:

Inclusive Leadership Development” led by Karen Ramirez and Ana Torres, RootDown LA

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

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Karen Ramirez, Executive Director, RootDown LA
Ana Torres, Programs Manager, RootDown LA

Join New Entry and our featured guests from RootDown LA for this webinar on inclusive leadership development. RootDown LA is a current Community Food Projects grantee whose mission is “to expand a powerful youth pipeline partnership that takes students from elementary through high school graduation and into jobs with RootDown LA and other food-related ventures - empowering them to become chefs, farmers, and advocates for healthy food in South L.A. and beyond”.

RootDown's Executive Director Karen Ramirez and Programs Manager Ana Torres will join us to tell their own stories of their paths to leadership within the organization and how RootDown LA works to engage and include community voices in their project development and programming. This webinar is part of our CFP-focused series.

Karen & Ana will discuss:

  • RootDown LA's mission & Community Food Project grant background
  • The organization's approaches to cultivating new youth leaders through their 'Youth Driven Neighborhood Food System'
  • Lessons learned for leadership transition

Past Webinars:

Making Sustainable Group Decisions

Friday, September 20, 2019

Making project decisions can be difficult to be begin with, but add the complexity of multiple stakeholders to the picture and coming to an inclusive decision can seem near impossible. Community Food Projects, which involve multiple organizations and community members, can benefit from clear decision-making procedures that are built on a realistic understanding of how this process can work. This webinar will take look at how groups come to agreement, why members disagree, and discuss examples of ways to foster full participation, ensure mutual understanding, and build shared responsibility to facilitate inclusive solutions and move forward.

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Intro to CFP: Lessons from Grantees

  • Friday, May 3, 2019 - 1pm EST
  • Interested in learning more about the Community Food Projects grant program, or finding out whether your organization is ready to apply? This webinar presents a dialogue with CFP grantees from across the country with diverse projects about their lessons learned and tips for CFP applicants. (This webinar is for those with low to moderate knowledge of CFP.) 
  • Click here to view this webinar recording.


USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture's webinar for potential CFP applicants will be held on TUESDAY, MAY 14th, at 2:00pm EST    VIEW WEBINAR RECORDING and view accompanying slides


Past webinars - Recordings available here

Upcoming webinars available here

Our Webinar Topics:

  • Overview of using and the application process
  • Evaluation for Community Food Projects Applications
  • Understanding the Community Food Projects Grant Program for Nevada nonprofits
  • Community Food Projects - Planning & Community Engagment Strategies
  • Logic Models as a Comprehensive Tool for Attaining Programmatic Success
  • Sustaining your Program after Community Food Projects Funding
  • Whole Measures for Community Food Projects

Planning Successful Community-Based Food Projects

Originally created by Hugh Joseph and Barbara Rusmore for the Community Food Security Coalition, the updated version of this guide offers concrete advice, definitions, and a road map to planning a successful Community Food Project. Download the guide here.

Community Food Projects Guides

Community Food Projects FY 2019 Grant Writing Guide - A comprehensive guide to serve as a supplement to the RFA

Planning Grant FY 2019 Guide - A guide specifically for organizations interested in apply for the CFP planning grant. 

Electrictronic Submissions Guide and FY2019 Advisory - A guide that walks through the process of submitting grants through

A few additional notes on the CFP application process