Data and Technical Assistance (DATA) Grants Program
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type:
Category of Funding Activity:
Food and Nutrition
State governments County governments
Additional Information on Eligibility:
The entities eligible to receive grants under this competition are State and local agencies thatadminister SNAP.State or local agencies without the internal capacity to develop SNAP E&T outcomes reporting systemsmay choose to partner with an external entity (such as a research university or a State workforcedevelopment agency) to develop, maintain, and use such data systems. If an agency chooses topartner another entity, the following must be considered in the development of the partnership model:* The entity must have a demonstrated capacity to assist in the collection, reporting, and use of suchoutcomes data; and* The entity must be able to ensure that the data collected will be stored, accessed, and used inaccordance with local, State, and Federal confidentiality and personally identifiable information(PII) protective provisions.
Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service
Feb 22, 2021
Apr 29, 2021
Last Updated Date:
Feb 22, 2021
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards:
The purpose of the SNAP E&T Data and Technical Assistance (DATA) Grants is to support thedevelopment of State SNAP E&T data collection and reporting systems. FNS is interested in fundingprojects that improve States’ ability to use administrative data, such as Quarterly Wage Record (QWR)information, as the source for employment and earnings of E&T participants and former participants,because it is the preferred and most reliable and efficient method to meet reporting requirements.States using random sampling to gather information are doing so as an interim approach until systemsto use administrative data are in place. Therefore, proposals that include random sampling ofparticipants or former participants as a long term strategy will not be considered.These grants are intended to help States better report outcome measures for SNAP E&T participants,meet reporting expectations, and, thereby, support improved, data driven programs. Proposed projectsmust: have a direct impact on State capacity to accurately and efficiently track outcomes for SNAPE&T participants; increase understanding of effective strategies to improve employment and earningsoutcomes for SNAP E&T participants; and/or increase a State’s ability to use outcomes data tocontinuously improve its SNAP E&T programs. Funds from this RFA shall not be used for theongoing cost of carrying out existing operations.The SNAP E&T DATA grants are intended to support the full range of needs States may have relatedto the development, collection, reporting, analysis and use of SNAP E&T participant outcomes data.The use of funds should be for one or more of the following purposes: 1) training and capacitybuilding, including efforts to improve E&T data quality; 2) information technology (IT) systemsdevelopment to support the collection, reporting, and analysis of SNAP E&T data; and/or 3)continuous program improvement of SNAP E&T programs, including the provision of effective andefficient services that move SNAP participants toward stable, good jobs. Funds can be used for morethan one purpose, but applicants should clearly state the purpose(s) for which the funds will be used.
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