Request for Funding for Facility Improvements & Equipment Upgrades to Prevent, Prepare for and Respond to Coronavirus Challenges
|DATE:||April 27, 2020|
|SUBJECT:||Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR): Request for Funding for Facility Improvements and Equipment Upgrades to Prevent, Prepare For, and Respond to Coronavirus Challenges|
Food Distribution Directors
On March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (PL 116-136). The CARES Act provides $100,000,000 to the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) as authorized by Section 4(b) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 USC 2013) and Section 4(a) of the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973 (7 USC 1431) to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, of which $50,000,000 shall be for facility improvements and equipment upgrades. The remaining $50,000,000 will be addressed in separate guidance.
Consistent with the CARES Act, the Department will be allocating the $50 million for facility improvements and equipment upgrades to Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) and state agencies (SAs) that administer FDPIR for program costs allowable under the law. Only costs that are necessary and reasonable, allowable under FDPIR, and meet the criteria of the CARES Act to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus can be funded.
FNS regional office staff will review all submissions and verify each expense is allowable and necessary and meets the criteria in the CARES Act. FNS regional office staff will provide to FNS national office the following by May 20, 2020:
- Total regional coronavirus funding request including only allowable and necessary expenses;
- List of individual ITO/SA total funding request amounts of allowable and necessary expenses only;
- A copy of each ITO’s/SA’s Facility and Equipment Request Template (Attachment A).
FNS national office staff will review each request and confirm total regional allocations for disbursement by May 25, 2020. Upon funding approval, each ITO/SA will work with their FNS regional office staff to submit a signed FNS-529, Grant/Cooperative Agreement, and will receive further instructions for receipt of funds. The period of performance for this funding allocation will be from date of approval through September 30, 2023.
ITOs and SAs with questions should contact their FNS regional offices, which may in turn contact the FNS national office at (703) 305-2465.
Food Distribution Division
The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.