AgrAbility supports two project types, NAPs and SRAPs. In FY 2011, NIFA is not soliciting applications for a new NAP, but plans to continue funding the NAP and SRAPs eligible for continuation and approximately three (3) new SRAPs. Separate continuation RFAs will be issued for the NAP and continuation eligible SRAPs. However, since SRAPs can improve their chances of success by cooperating with the NAP, both project types are explained below.
1. State and Regional AgrAbility Projects (SRAPs)
SRAPs operate within a geographic area defined on the basis of counties, states, or both. SRAPs may function independently of each other. States with insufficient potential clientele to merit individual AgrAbility projects may submit regional, multi-state proposals. At a minimum, the CES primary applicant must subcontract to one private, non-profit disability organization. Applicants proposing to serve remote or diverse potential customer populations may wish to form partnerships that include one or more land-grant institutions, non-land-grant institutions, Hispanic-serving institutions, or additional, private non-profit disability organizations to effectively serve the entire qualifying population.
SRAPs receive support from, and submit documentation and reports to, the NAP. NIFA views the relationship between the SRAPs and the NAP as critical to the success of AgrAbility. Prior to applying, applicants should contact the current NAP for detailed information concerning standard operating procedures, best field practices, and access to the NAP’s library of AgrAbility-related instructional materials.
SRAP applicants may propose projects (with budgets for a maximum duration of four years). The project period should begin approximately May 1, 2011. It is anticipated that FY 2011 appropriations will fund awarded projects’ first-year budget. Each project may submit a request for at most $180,000 per year for each year of funding requested. Funding levels will be adjusted based on technical review of the projects. Multi-year funding will depend on the availability of funds and the demonstration of satisfactory progress. Thus, all proposals must include specific, measurable accomplishments for each project year.
SRAP commitments include: attending annual, three-day, national training workshops with at least one representative from each of the primary university and non-profit disability organization partners (2 person minimum); participating in NAP-initiated efforts to collect activity data; and submitting annual and final reports to NIFA. Applicants may request funds to pay for these commitments.
2. The National AgrAbility Project (NAP)
In FY 2012, NIFA anticipates soliciting for new NAP applications. The NAP has a dual mission. The NAP provides limited, on-demand SRAP-type services in geographic areas without SRAPs. But more significant to the success of the program, the NAP helps SRAPs become more successful at meeting their objectives. The NAP typically produces or recommends the education materials or forums, networking tactics, assistance protocols, and marketing products SRAPs adopt for their own use. The NAP connects all SRAPs by: moderating information sharing