Community Food Projects

Technical assistance & resources available for applicants and grantees

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, in collaboration with its partners, offers free one-on-one technical assistance, educational resources, and professional development opportunities for current grantees and applicants to the Community Food Projects grant program of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

The FY2017 RFA period closed on November 30, 2016. If you are looking for support to prepare for next year's application, please fill out this request for assistance form.

Please contact Kristen Aldrich with any questions,

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Community Food Projects Overview

The primary goals of the Community Food Projects Grant Program are to:

  • Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to assist in participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service;
  • Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities;
  • Promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues;
  • Meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs 

Community Food Projects are intended to bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food system and to foster understanding of national food security trends and how they might improve local food systems.

Upcoming Trainings

Click here to view upcoming Community Food Projects webinars and trainings  led by New Entry and our partners!

CFP Resources

USDA Resources

2017 RFA

USDA Press Release re: 2016 CFP Grantees

USDA Community Food Projectswebsite - includes an overview of the grant program, a download of the 2017 Request for Applications

CFP webinars and FAQs

USDA Press Release re: 2015 CFP Grantees

Overview of the Community Food Projects Program

Guide to Community Food Projects - Maya Tauber and Andy Fisher

Community Food Projects FY 2017 Grant Writing Guide - A comprehensive guide to serve as a supplement to the RFA.

Planning Grant FY 2017 Guide - A guide specifically for organizations interested in apply for the CFP planning grant.

Electronic Submissions Guide - A guide that walks through the process of submitting grants through

Summary of Community Food Projects - Created by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Planning Successful Community Food Projects - Originally by Hugh Joseph and Barbara Rushmore, updated by New Entry

Inclusive Engagement Toolkit for Community Food Projects Planning - October 2015, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Community Food Projects Evaluation

Community Food Project Evaluation Handbook - Created by Community Food Security Coalition

Community Food Project Evaluation Toolkit - Created by Community Food Security Coaltion

Whole Measures for Community Food Systems - Community Food Security Coalition

Whole Measures for Community Food Systems: Stories from the Field - Community Food Security Coalition

Community Food Projects Indicators of Success

In order to determine the collective impact of the Community Food Projects grant program on an annual basis, the Community Food Security Coalition and the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture developed the Community Food Projects Indicators of Success. This method focuses on outcomes based reporting and was conducted annually from 2005 – 2011. The FY 2014 report is the first one compiled since 2011.

Indicators of Success Report: FY 2015 - New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Choctaw Fresh Produce Case Study - FY 2015

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Case Study - FY 2015

Indicators of Success Report: FY 2014 - New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Adelante Mujeres Case Study - FY 2014

Angelic Organics Learning Center Case Study - Fy 2014

Indicators of Success Report: FY 2011 - Community Food Security Coalition

Community Food Security Coalition Resources

The Community Food Security Coalition had the CFP Training and Technical Assistance grant for several years and created a variety of helpful resources. 

A Guide to Community Food Assessments - 2002

Activities and Impacts of CFPs 2005-2009

Building Bridges - 2005

Building Community Food Security - 2007

Community Food Projects Decade Report - 2007

Food Policy Council Report - 2009

Good Laws, Good Food - 2012

Weaving the Food Web - Stories from California

Why Hunger Resources

Community Food Projects Database - on the WhyHunger website

Digital Storytelling site showcasing past and current Community Food Projects

Additional Resources

Community Food Security in the United States: A Survey of the Scientific Literature Volume II - The John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Logic Model Development GuideW.K. Kellogg Foundation, 2006 (webpage contains free PDF download)


This project is supported by the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Grant #2014-33800-22325 and made possible by collaborations with: