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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 2016: LCI PROPOSAL TO BUILD AGRICULTURE CAPACITY THROUGH REGIONAL EDUCATION AND OUTREACH INITIATIVES. The project will administer a Large Scale Comprehensive Initiative that will invest in human capital and integrate education and outreach to assist rural a rural county in creating posterity to become self-sustaining, re-populating and economically thriving. The project will focus on: (1) creating educational equity for under-represented students through high school educational outreach and recruitment; (2) building leaders by integrating training within experiential learning; (3) building agriculture career pathways for high school students; (4) support agriculture business development through legal services, micro-credentialing and by building a regional farm and food asset map; and (5) leading and facilitating economic development efforts. Project goals will be accomplished by working closely with regional K-12 educators to expand agriculture educational opportunities through College in the High School, distance learning and targeted recruitment activities and focus on improving academic support services to increase retention among freshman agriculture students. The project will train students engaging in community-based experiential learning projects to be effective leaders and will assist agriculture entrepreneurs to develop new products and/or businesses by providing training and legal and business development technical assistance. INTEGRATING AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION AND OUTREACH TO INCREASE PROFITABILITY THROUGH LOCAL FOOD MARKETING CHANNELS The overall purpose of this capacity building project is to develop a new Education Program that is built around a new instructional unit on local food marketing to train future agricultural business managers (students) and to develop a new Outreach Program that will train current agricultural business managers about local food marketing opportunities. This project leverages an interdisciplinary a...