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Issue Date: 10/26/2023 Contract Number: RFP0319

New York State Regional School Food Infrastructure Grant Program 2023 Round 1


Description:

Funds provide the opportunity to build long-term resiliency in New York State’s School Food System.

Release Request for Proposals (RFP) October 26, 2023

Informational Workshop (link below)

November 29, 2023
Question Submission Deadline January 10, 2023
Questions and Answers Posted January 17, 2023
Deadline for Applications Februrary 7, 2024, 3 PM
Announcement of Grant Awards March 2024

Link to Informational Workshop to be held on November 29, 2023:

https://meetny.webex.com/weblink/register/rbb568dc216ca2cfe2b77297b3b6a9be6

 

The NYS Regional School Food Infrastructure Grant Program will encourage the use of fresh New York State farm products in meal preparation for K-12 school children, reduce food insecurity, increase market opportunities for New York State producers, and strengthen the resiliency of our state’s food system. Additionally, this program will encourage workforce development by providing training for culinary arts, food processing, safe food handling and storage, logistics, delivery, and other community needs.


This grant program will require that facilities serve multiple school districts, support their local community, and provide workforce development opportunities. Grant funds are available for the costs of capital projects, including services, expenses, construction, renovation, alteration, rehabilitation, improvements, installation, acquisition, repair or replacement of buildings or equipment for the development of facilities to support the preparation and distribution of New York-focused meals for regional school infrastructure, such as aggregation, storage hubs, and/or commissary-type kitchens.

 

Eligible Projects:
Only capital projects necessary for construction, renovation, alteration, rehabilitation, improvements, installation, acquisition, repair or replacement of buildings or equipment for the development of facilities to support the preparation and distribution of New York-focused meals for regional school infrastructure, such as aggregation, storage hubs, and/or commissary-type kitchens. For purposes of this program, a project may be a portion of a larger overall capital project. Grantees can only apply for the full amount of $5,000,000 per proposal.

Eligible Applicants
• Registered not-for-profit organizations (e.g., tax-exempt under section 501c(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code)
• Local Municipalities
• School Districts
• Boards of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES)
Applicants must be registered and prequalified in the Grants Gateway. Applicants who are not registered or whose document vaults have expired will be disqualified. See Section 5.4 below for instructions on registering, qualifying and maintaining pre-qualification.
Public schools are exempt from pre-qualification.

Ineligible Applicants
• Entities or organizations not situated in New York State
• Private individuals
• For-profit organizations

Eligible Costs
Grant funds may be used for any of the following purposes directly related to the completion of an eligible project, including but not limited to:
• Salaries and wages directly tied to construction, planning, and construction management and supervision
• Contractor services directly tied to construction, planning, and construction management and supervision
• Equipment with a useful life of at least five years
• Vehicles for transportation of produce or food
• Acquisition of permanent facilities
• Architectural and engineering services
• Legal services directly related to the grant projects

 

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED via the Grants Gateway to be considered for funding. Proposals are due on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at 3:00 pm. Late proposals will not be accepted.

All questions about this RFP must be submitted in writing by 3:00 p.m. on December 13, 2023 to: farmtoschool@agriculture.ny.gov

Due Date: 02/07/2024 3:00 PM

Contract Term: up to five years; start date will be March 15, 2024

Location: The following ten (10) regions will be used for this grant: 1. Western New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara 2. Finger Lakes: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates 3. Southern Tier: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins 4. Central New York: Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego 5. Mohawk Valley: Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie 6. North Country: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence 7. Capital Region: Albany, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Warren, Washington 8. Mid-Hudson: Duchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester 9. New York City: Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond, Queens 10. Long Island: Nassau, Suffolk

Ad Type: Grant or notice of funds availability


Primary Contact:     Agriculture & Markets, NYS Dept. of
Ag Development

Tim McBride
School Food Program Manager
10B Airline Drive
Albany, NY 12235
United States
Ph: 518-380-0992
Fax:
farmtoschool@agriculture.ny.gov

Secondary contact:     Agriculture & Markets, NYS Dept. of
Contracts & Purchasing

Grants Gateway Website
http://www.grantsreform.ny.gov/Grantees
10B Airline Drive
Albany, NY 12235
United States
Ph: 000-000-0000
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