RETURNING Community Impact Project FAQs

Week of 4/11 to 4/15

Who is considered an authorized representative? Would that be the CEO of our organization, or could it be the director of the department where we implement SNAP-Ed?

The authorized signature is the person at your organization who is authorized to sign and execute documents on behalf of your organization. In some organizations, this may be the program lead or the department director.

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Is there a length limit to our RFA responses if we are a returning Community Impact Project?

The Returning Community Impact Projects Application does not include a character limit for each response. The New Community Impact Projects Application includes a character limit for each response, which is noted in the application document.

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RFA TA Session – 4/7

Is the application downloaded as Word document and then uploaded online?

Returning applicants should download the Returning Community Impact Projects Application Word document to complete their application. After you thoroughly review the application and are ready to submit, the document will be uploaded online in the Submit Application section.

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Does the [Returning] application need to be submitted as a word document or PDF?

Your Community Impact Projects Application file must be submitted in Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF format.

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How should I approach completing the Returning Community Impact Project Application if I am new to the program, but the organization I represent is currently funded?

The Returning Community Impact Project Application focuses on program implementation learnings and how those learnings will inform future programming, if funded. Include barriers, how they affected programming, and how you anticipate they may affect future programming.

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If our organization is currently funded as a subrecipient grantee but meet the criteria to apply to be a Community Impact Project for FY 2023, should I complete a new or returning application?

A ‘currently funded’ organization means receiving FY 2022 funding from SNAP-Ed at MFF as a Community Impact Project or as a subrecipient grantee and, if applying to be a Community Impact Project, should submit a Returning Community Impact Project Application.

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Our organization has multiple people involved with our programming. Should we collaborate on the application, or fill it out separately?

You should approach the application in any way that makes sense for your organization. Regardless of the process, there should only be one application submitted per organization.

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Our organization is considering transitioning financial oversight to a different department (within the organization), but this will not be decided by the application due date. Will this affect our application?

No, the Community Impact Project Application process does not require that level of financial detail. If funded, you will be working in tandem with MFF to create your budget and discuss any changes when they occur.

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Question 2 on the Returning Community Impact Project Application includes, “What new supports do you need to enhance your ability to do SNAP-Ed work?”; how do I know what supports are available?

As you build out the application and think of ideas to adjust your current programming, you may realize that you do not have resources or support to effectively do so. This is a space to bring that support to MFF’s attention. If funded, this will also be discussed as a part of the collaborative process.

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Week of 3/28 to 4/1

What are the guidelines and restrictions for salary and wages, if any?

If your organization is eligible to move forward with the collaborative program design process, budget development is part of that. The budget is created based on programming identified through the collaborative design process and must align with Uniform Guidance and SNAP-Ed guidelines.

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How do I know what is already underway in a target area and who we could partner with for new programming?

To find current SNAP-Ed at MFF program locations, visit www.m2hl.org.

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Is this a competitive funding process and is there a scoring rubric for the application?

Typically, total funding requested exceeds available funding for all SNAP-Ed at MFF grants. Applications are reviewed to determine whether an organization is eligible to move forward with the Community Impact Project (CIP) collaborative program design process.

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Week of 3/18 to 3/25

As a Community Impact Project (CIP), will indirect costs still be covered by the grant?

An organization funded as a CIP can include indirect costs in the program budget as long as the appropriate documentation (e.g., approved indirect cost rate agreement, de minimis certification, etc.) is provided. My organization is currently funded as a FY22 Local Implementing Agency (LIA).

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General TA Session – 3/16

What is the advantage of being a subrecipient versus a Community Impact Project, especially since the [proposal] is a bit more work?

There is no specific advantage or disadvantage for an organization to be a subrecipient versus Community Impact Project. MFF offers these two funding tracks to provide more opportunities to work with local partners and meet the needs of organizations with different capacities and experience levels with SNAP-Ed.

If your organization meets the criteria to be a subrecipient, you need to submit through the RFP process to be a subrecipient.

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Does MFF need to offer a subrecipient and Community Impact Project option due to Federal guidelines?

No, there are no federal guidelines requiring MFF to offer a subrecipient (subcontract) and Community Impact Project (contractor) option for funding; however, how those options are structured is based on and align with federal regulations.

We strongly believe in the importance of investing in local communities and organizations. By offering these two funding options as entry points into SNAP-Ed, we aim to open up more possibilities for SNAP-Ed programming to more people and places.

Additionally, as we continue to evolve our technical assistance approach, offering both a subrecipient and Community Impact Project track helps the SNAP-Ed at MFF team to better customize the support we provide to funded organizations and the community they serve, making it more meaningful for those implementing local programming.

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Week of 3/7 to 3/11

My organization is currently funded as a FY22 Local Implementing Agency (LIA). Which funding option (to be a subrecipient or a community impact project LIA in FY23) should I consider?

Federal regulations outline criteria to delineate between subrecipient grantees and contractor grantees. All currently funded organizations in FY22 (subrecipient LIAs and community impact project LIAs) and new organizations that meet the eligibility criteria to be a subrecipient and can demonstrate capacity to independently design, deliver, and monitor a federal grant, like SNAP-Ed, need to submit to be a subrecipient LIA in FY23. Furthermore, a currently funded organization’s record of program and grant compliance will be considered; those with a successful record need to pursue being a subrecipient LIA in FY23.

Organizations currently funded as a subrecipient but have experienced recent significant shifts in programming and/or staffing, or have ongoing difficulties with maintaining program and grant compliance, should consider becoming a community impact project in FY23 and complete the ‘Returning Community Impact Projects’ application.

Organizations currently funded as a community impact project but meet the eligibility criteria to be a subrecipient, have demonstrated capacity to implement SNAP-Ed, and have a successful record of program and grant compliance need to submit to be a subrecipient LIA in FY23. Community impact project organizations that are newer to SNAP-Ed (fewer than 3 year), have experienced difficulty in maintaining program and grant compliance, or have undergone recent significant shifts in programming and/or staffing should complete the ‘Returning Community Impact Project’ application.

If you are unsure which funding option is best for your organization, we recommend you submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the RFP. When MFF reviews your LOI, we will look to ensure you meet adequate standards to be a subrecipient LIA and provide feedback on whether you should continue with the RFP process or consider the RFA.

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2:00 p.m. on April 20, 2022

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