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Capacity Building for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA)

Program Title:Capacity Building for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA)
Program Number:10.326
Department:National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Department of Agriculture
Objectives:To assist the NLGCA Institutions in maintaining and expanding their capacity to conduct education, research, and outreach activities relating to agriculture, renewable resources, and other similar disciplines.
Assistance Type:Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)
Use:To maintain and expand the capacity of the NLGCA Institution to: compete, successfully, for funds from Federal grants and other sources to carry out educational, research, and outreach activities that address priority concerns of national, regional, State, and local interest;disseminate information relating to priority concerns to interested members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant communities; the public; and any other interested entity; and encourage members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant communities to participate in priority education, research, and outreach activities by providing matching funding to leverage grant funds. This can be accomplished through the: purchase or other acquisition of equipment and other infrastructure; professional growth and development of the faculty of the NLGCA Institution; and development of graduate assistantships. Grant funds may not be used for the renovation or refurbishment of research, education, or extension space; or the planning, repair, rehabilitation, acquisition, or construction of buildings or facilities. Grant funds may not be used to support the salaries of U.S. government employees. The purchase of equipment is limited to that which is required for training, teaching, extension demonstration, and other relevant project activities. Pursuant to Section 720 of the General Provisions in Title VII of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Programs (HR 112-284), indirect costs are limited to 30 percent of the total Federal funds provided under each award. Therefore, when preparing budgets, applicants should limit their requests for recovery of indirect costs to the lesser of their institution’s official negotiated indirect cost rate or the equivalent of 30 percent of total Federal funds awarded. Fully discretionary.
Applicant:Only a non-land-grant public college or university (NLGCA) offering a baccalaureate or higher degree in the study of agriculture or forestry. The terms 'NLGCA Institution' and 'non-land-grant college of agriculture' do not include - (i) Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities; or (ii) any institution designated under - (I) the Act of July 2, 1862 (commonly known as the 'First Morrill Act'; 7 U.S.C. 301 et seq.); (II) the Act of August 30, 1890 (commonly known as the 'Second Morrill Act') (7 U.S.C. 321 et seq.); (III) the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-382; 7 U.S.C. 301 note); or (IV) Public Law 87-788 (commonly known as the 'McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Act') (16 U.S.C. 582a et seq.).
Local Office:None.
Headquarters:USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, STOP 2250 , Washington , District of Columbia 20250-2250 Email: Phone: (202) 720-1973
Examples:Fiscal Year 2015: The Capacity Building for Agricultural Sustainability on the Central Coast Through Research This project sought to increase capacity among higher institutions, resource conservation districts, and research agencies in central coast of this state. The project develops and enhances existing capabilities through education and research activities that will leverage and strengthen existing partnerships between multiple colleges/departments of the institution, Cooperative Extension, federal agencies in the state including USDA. The project is coming through with its goals in addressing issues pertaining to the state’s agricultural sustainability and water quality. It has made extensive progress towards accomplishing the primary project objectives for both research and education. For example, the project has formed partnerships with tow agricultural companies and identified 3 research sites on commercial farms. The project team trained 6 undergraduate students and two graduate students on the use and maintenance of wireless sensor networks to measure soil moisture, applied irrigation, drainage, precipitation, and meteorological conditions at each site. Dissemination of project results is scheduled in its second year in 2016. Project results have already been presented at scientific conferences and workshops for students and growers. Green Thumbs, Green Plates, And Green Attitudes For A Well-Fed Fut: Address.Food Sustain Through Campus Multi-Discipl. Educ. Res.& Outreach The overarching goal is to utilize education, research and community outreach activities to address food and nutrition sustainability and accompanying natural resource degradation or depletion by developing opportunities for university researchers and students to focus on such key issues. This project will link education, experiential-based learning, research, and applied technologies to a campus-based gardening, nutrition and food sustainability effort and enhance the Universit...