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Grants to USA Eligible IHEs for Disaster Preparedness in Food and Agricultural Systems

Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants (SLSNCGP)


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
CFDA Number: 10.511
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-NIFA-SLBCD-009723
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/13/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories eligible institutions of higher education for disaster preparedness programs. Applicants must complete required registrations and contact the funding source prior to applying. Funding is intended to support programs to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and disaster threats in food and agricultural systems. Eligible applicants are 1862 land-grant institutions.

The purpose of the Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program (SLSNCGP), is to support innovative, education-based approaches to address disaster preparedness and specific responses related to disasters or disaster threats caused by natural, human-made, or technological hazards, or by other factors that contribute to the exposure or vulnerability of a community. The goals and objectives of SLSNCGP include supporting quality of life in communities across the United States by addressing disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation in food and agricultural systems. The SLSNCGP also seeks to continue to provide information and resources to USDA stakeholders and collaborators to improve decision-making before, during, and after disasters.

Grant funds will support innovative extension education initiatives that address risks, hazards, and threats that may lead to disasters. The SLSNCGP enables the Cooperative Extension System (CES) to assist in preparing for, providing an educational response to, recovering from, and mitigating disasters and disaster threats. Types of hazards and disaster-related projects that were funded in previous years included uncertainties caused by losses of economic infrastructure, extreme weather or other disasters, security breaches, human disease, volunteerism, local coordination, or high consequence animal diseases and plant pests. The SLSNCGP promotes awareness and capacity building of urban and rural communities’ response to disasters by strengthening individual, family, farm, and small business disaster preparedness, particularly for those who have been historically underserved, through education and collaborations with other agencies/volunteer organizations.

For further details on program purpose and priorities, see

Project and Grant Types:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications may only be submitted by 1862 land-grant institutions in the 50 states and the U.S. territories, American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply, provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project. The 1862 land-grant institutions may partner with each other as well as with other land-grant institutions (e.g., 1890s and 1994s), non-land-grant institutions, and non-governmental organizations within their state or their region on joint proposals.

Duplicate or multiple submissions are not allowed. NIFA will disqualify both applications if an applicant submits duplicate or multiple submissions.

Funding Restrictions:

Pre-Proposal Conference
Join NIFA staff on March 24, 2023, at 2:00 pm ET (1:00 pm CT) for a RFA technical assistance Q&A webinar regarding the Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program.

A pre-recorded video is available to applicants on the funding opportunity listing; applicants are highly encouraged to watch the pre-recorded video prior to this RFA technical assistance Q&A webinar. During this RFA technical assistance Q&A webinar, NIFA staff will briefly highlight the program and then will spend the remainder of time answering participants’ questions.


Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: April 13, 2023, 5:00 P.M. Eastern

Applicants must apply to this RFA electronically via; no other method or response is accepted. New Users to must register early with prior to submitting an application.

Applicants should contact an AR prior to starting an application to assess the organization’s readiness to submit an electronic application.

Applicants must provide matching contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis for all Federal funds awarded under the SLSNCGP.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum Award Amount:
- Standard Grant: $150,000
- Planning Grant: $15,000

Term of Contract
Standard Grant: 24-36 Months
Planning Grant: 12 months

Contact Information
NIFA Support:

Program Contacts:

Dr. Ashley Mueller
National Program Leader

Dr. Deborah Reyome
Program Specialist Online Support:
Telephone support: 800-518-4726 Toll-Free or 606-545-5035
Email support:

U.S. Postal Mailing Address:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 419205, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-6205

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