Resource | Policy Memos | SP41-2017
2018 Direct Certification Improvement Grant RFA

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is pleased to announce the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Direct Certification Improvement Grant Request for Applications (RFA).   The grants are available to State agencies that administer the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to fund the costs of improving your direct certification rates with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other needs-based assistance programs, as allowed under Federal statute and regulations.

Resource | Grants
Direct Certification Improvement Grant Summaries

Grant Summaries

Resource | Policy Memos
Attachments to SP12-2014: RFA for Participation in Demonstration Projects to Evaluate Direct Certification with Medicaid in SY 2014-15

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) invites State agencies (SAs) that administer the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) to apply to participate in demonstration projects that will evaluate the effectiveness of conducting direct certification with the Medicaid program.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP54-2013
Transmittal of the Q&As on the Computation of the Direct Certification Performance Rate with SNAP

The attached Q&As are issued in follow-up to Policy Memorandum SP 50-2013, Release of the new State Agency (NSLP/SNAP) Direct Certification Rate Data Element Report (Form FNS-834).

Resource | Policy Memos | SP50-2013
Release of the New State Agency (NSLP/SNAP) Direct Certification Rate Data Element Report (Form FNS-834)

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-246) and the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as amended by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA, Public Law 111-296) require that children living in households receiving assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program be directly certified for free school meals under the National School Lunch Program and/or the School Breakfast Program.

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FY 2013 Direct Certification Improvement Grant Narrative

Appendix D. FY 2013 Direct Certification Improvement Grant Narrative - Tier 2 Full-Scope Grant Proposal Template & Instructions

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FY 2013 Direct Certification Improvement Grant

Appendix C FY 2013 Direct Certification Improvement Grant - Tier 1 Limited-Scope Grant Proposal Template & Instructions

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Direct Certification Grants Program Proposal Response Guidance

Appendix E: Direct Certification Grants Program Proposal Response Guidance. The purpose of the Direct Certification Grants Program Proposal Response Guidance is to increase the consistency and understanding of program planning prior to grant award.

Resource | Research | Payment Accuracy and Program Integrity
Direct Certification in the National School Lunch Program: State Implementation Progress School Year 2011-2012: Report to Congress

Student eligibility for free meals is determined by application or by direct certification. Although direct certification systems vary by State and LEA, all such systems are designed to eliminate the need for paper applications. Effective in SY 2011-2012, LEAs must conduct direct certification three times per year: once at or around the start of the school year, and again three and six months after that initial effort. All direct certification systems now match student enrollment lists against SNAP agency records and the records of other assistance agencies whose participants are categorically eligible for free meals. The matching process, whether automated or manual, requires no action by the children’s parents or guardians.