The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has announced funding for $3,759,351 from the Build Back Better (BBB) Reach and Resiliency grant to apply towards the State Distributing Agency (SDA) and Eligible Recipient Agency (ERA) projects in Texas.
The initiative’s key objective is to expand TEFAP's reach into remote, rural, Tribal, and/or low-income areas that are underserved by the program.
SDA and ERA-funded projects will target Texas-based rural and low-income areas, as determined by the current The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Reach Assessment results, completed by TDA and outlined in the Request for Application (RFA). TDA plans to award this competitive grant of $3,182,702.04 to food banks with pre-existing contracts with TDA to assist in expanding their operations into targeted rural/remote areas. The aim is to use the grant funding towards equipment and expansion projects. In addition, the grant will focus on two state-level projects for TEFAP: outreach and training. TDA’s Food and Nutrition Division (FND) will also work closely with the TDA Rural Economic Development Division to complement a similar capacity-building grant that will target similar rural areas of Texas.
Total amount of funding expected to award: $3,182,702.04
Anticipated number of awards: 17
Anticipated Grant Kick-Off Meeting: June 15, 2022
Expected amounts of individual Federal awards: Based on available funds
Anticipated start dates and period of performance: September 2022 – May 2024
Application due date: July 27, 2022
Letter of intent due date: June 30, 2022
Cost Sharing or Matching Considerations
There are no cost-sharing or matching requirements for this program.
Required Pre-Application Form
Complete the following by June 30, 2022, prior to application submission to Grant Manager:
Template Letter of Intent - RFA TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Grants
There must be a current annual audit to demonstrate financial integrity
Agency Contact: Questions regarding the program (technical) requirements must be directed to the Grant Manager, Sylvia Garrett. See below for details.
TEFAP State agency: Texas Department of Agriculture
TEFAP State agency address: 1700 North Congress Ave. 11th floor
Austin, TX 78701
Name of Contact Person and Title:
Food and Nutrition Division
Email Address: Sylvia.Garrett@TexasAgriculture.gov
Phone Number: 512-463-8215
Resources for Potential Reach and Resiliency Grant Applicants: