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A. Available Funding

This RFA is being released prior to the passage of an Appropriations Act for FY 2011. Enactment of additional Continuing Resolutions or an Appropriations Act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program. There is no commitment by USDA to fund any particular application or to make a specific number of awards. It is anticipated that approximately $4.6 million may be available to fund applications in FY 2011.  Of this amount, NIFA anticipates approximately $600,000 will be available to fund new State and Regional AgrAbility Projects (SRAPs).  The remainder will be used to support the National AgrAbility Project (NAP) and the SRAPs eligible for continuation.  Applications for the NAP and for the continuation of SRAPs will be solicited under a separate RFA.

Awards issued as a result of this RFA will have designated the Automated Standard Applications for Payment System (ASAP), operated by the Department of Treasury’s Financial Management Service, as the payment system for funds.  For more information see http://www.nifa.usda.gov/business/method_of_payment.html.

B. Types of Applications

In FY 2011, applications may be submitted to the AgrAbility Program as one of the following types of requests:

(1) New application. This is a project application that has not been previously submitted to the AgrAbility Program. All new applications will be reviewed competitively using the selection process and evaluation criteria described in Part V—Application Review Requirements.

(2) Resubmitted application. This is an application that had previously been submitted to the AgrAbility Program but not funded. Project Directors (PDs) must respond to the previous review panel summary. Please provide this response at the beginning of the narrative. Resubmitted applications must be received by the relevant due dates, will be evaluated in competition with other pending applications in appropriate area to which they are assigned, and will be reviewed according to the same evaluation criteria as new applications.

C. Project Types

In FY 2011, the AgrAbility project has established a maximum award size of $180,000.  Applications requesting more than the maximum will not be considered for funding.  Total project periods may not exceed four (4) years.  

Funding Estimate FY 2011

Number of  New Awards Anticipated FY 2011

Estimated Minimum Award

Estimated Maximum Award





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