USDA Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program

Funding Agency:
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Funding Amount:
$10,000 to $15,000,000

May 14, 2024


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) expects to make 15 awards to fund and evaluate projects for the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program, also known as GusNIP, a USDA initiative established in 2018 to increase the purchase of locally produced fruits and vegetables for low-income families.  GusNIP projects are intended to reach individuals and families participating in the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands, as well as income-eligible consumers participating in the USDA Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) in Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.  USDA encourages projects that serve underserved communities, such as tribal, rural, LGBTQIA+, and communities of color.  They are also seeking projects for geographies underrepresented in GusNIP, such as Alaska, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Year 3 Impact Findings show that, of nearly 3,000 sites at food retail outlets, 16.3 percent served rural populations. The total amount available for grants in FY 2024 is approximately $36,300,000, depending on legislation that authorizes funding.  The range of individual awards is $10,000 – $15,000,000.

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