Data and Technical Assistance (DATA) Grants Program


Funding Opportunity ID: 331666
Opportunity Number: USDA-FNS-SNAP-21-DATA
Opportunity Title: Data and Technical Assistance (DATA) Grants Program
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Food and Nutrition
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 10.537
Eligible Applicants: 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.
Agency Code: USDA-FNS1
Agency Name: Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
Posted Date: Feb 22, 2021
Close Date: Apr 29, 2021
Last Updated Date: Feb 22, 2021
Award Ceiling: $1,000,000
Award Floor: $300,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 9
Description: 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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