NIFA Released RFA for Smith-Lever Special Needs Grants

    NIFA Released RFA for Smith-Lever Special Needs Grants

    Important! The application closing date is May 15, 2017.

    April 13, 2017

    The National Institute of Food and Agriculture has released the 2017 Request for Applications for the Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program

    Within the states and territories, the Cooperative Extension System has repeatedly served as the trusted community organization that has helped to enable families, communities, and businesses to successfully prepare for, respond to and cope with disaster losses and critical incidents. Once a disaster has occurred, the local extension outreach includes: 1) Communicating practical science-based risk information, 2) Developing relevant educational experiences and programs, 3) Working with individuals and communities to open new communication channels, and 4) Mitigating losses and facilitating recovery. NIFA intends to fund Special Needs projects to implement applied scientific programs that serve public needs in preparation for, during and after local or regional emergency situations.

    A webinar for interested applicants will be hosted on April 25, 2017, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm MDT. The webinar will focus on general guidelines for the program and on the 2017 application process. To join the webinar, go to For audio, dial: 888-844-9904, access code: 8079650.

    For questions or comments about the RFA, please contact: Beverly Samuel ( or Sylvia Montgomery (

    Published on: Apr 14, 2017

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