Mid-Year 2019 RFA FAQs
- What is the focus of SNAP-Ed at the Michigan Fitness Foundation?
For additional information about SNAP-Ed in Michigan, please review the Backgrounder found here.
- What are the two different FY 2019 requests for application (RFAs)?
The Building Local Capacity projects are designed to help organizations new to SNAP-Ed build their capacity to provide SNAP-Ed direct nutrition education and policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change programming for SNAP-eligible audiences in their communities to meet local nutrition and physical activity needs.The Enhancing the Evidence Base projects are designed for organizations with experience implementing SNAP-Ed programming to use and evaluate specific SNAP-Ed interventions to enhance the evidence base for use of the interventions in particular settings or with specific populations.
- What are the steps to receive funding through one of the FY 2019 RFAs?
First, your organization must submit an application package by 12:00 pm on January 7, 2019 that includes the two required documents: the application form and a letter of qualification. Next, applications will go through a review process. Selected applicants will then go through a collaborative process with MFF to receive and refine a packaged SNAP-Ed project that meets local needs and includes a custom project timeline and budget. The final award amount will be determined to reflect project design. A contract will then be issued for the project.
- A budget is not a part of the application. What can we anticipate for project funding and budget development?
Selected applicants will go through a collaborative process with MFF to design a SNAP-Ed project. This will include development of a custom project timeline and budget, at which point the final funding amount will be determined to reflect project design (not to exceed $50,000). This will be completed before a contract is issued. A project budget may include reasonable and necessary expenses: staff salary and benefits; supplies, materials, and curriculum; postage, shipping, and equipment; local program travel and conference/workshop travel; contracted staff or other contracts; and space/miscellaneous expenses.
- How will the project intervention and plans be determined?
Through the application process, applicants will provide information on local nutrition and physical activity needs, priority populations, settings in which they want to work, etc. MFF will package a custom SNAP-Ed project for selected applicants and then will work collaboratively with the selected applicants to design a project timeline and budget.
- Can our organization submit more than one application?
Your organization should submit only one of the same type of application (i.e., if your organization plans to submit a Building Local Capacity application, it should submit only one; if your organization plans to submit an Enhancing the Evidence Base application, it should submit only one). For information on submitting applications for each RFA, see FAQ #7.
- Can our organization submit applications for both the Building Local Capacity RFA and the Enhancing the Evidence Base RFA?
The eligibility criteria for the RFAs is such that it is very unlikely an organization will be eligible for both the Building Local Capacity RFA and the Enhancing the Evidence Base RFA.
- To be eligible for the Building Local Capacity RFA, an organization cannot have received SNAP-Ed funding to deliver programming at any point in the past three years.
- To be eligible for the Enhancing the Evidence Base RFA, an organization must have at least three years of experience implementing SNAP-Ed programs.
If your organization happens to be eligible for both (having at least 3 years of experience implementing SNAP-Ed programming but none in the last 3 years), we strongly encourage you to apply for the one that best fits your organization and community needs.
- What should our organization do if we are not sure which RFA we might qualify for?
In circumstances where your organization is not sure about its eligibility to apply for one of the FY19 RFAs, such as having experience through a SNAP-Ed pilot project, please contact
- How do SNAP recipients find out about SNAP-Ed programs? Does MFF or another agency collaborate in getting the word out about the programs or will we need to advertise them?
Funded organizations will be responsible for recruiting participants. Partnerships and collaborations are an effective way to leverage resources and social capital within a community and extend your program’s reach (number of participants).
- How rigorous will the evaluation be?
MFF will provide evaluation plans and support for your project. Funded organizations will work closely with MFF Project Managers and Evaluation Specialists to implement evaluation plans. Specific tracking, process, and outcome evaluation tools and protocols are required and will be provided by MFF. Evaluation will be a particular focus for the Enhancing the Evidence Base RFA and will include, at a minimum:
- Ongoing logs to track implementation (including what was provided, when, and how);
- Process evaluation to identify whether the intervention works as intended for the audience in the setting selected; and
- Outcome evaluation with tools specific to the intervention.
- If funded, how and when/how often are the funds distributed? If invoices should be submitted, how often should this be done, and what is the turnaround time for payment?
FY2019 Mid-Year RFA expenses incurred by the organization will be reimbursed after they have occurred. Allowable program costs, including staff time and effort, are submitted to MFF on a monthly basis. Processing timelines will be outlined in the contract for funded programs. Generally, payments are processed within 90 days upon accurate completion (all questions resolved and invoice contains all necessary documentation) of a monthly invoice.
- Rather than uploading the application materials online, can you provide an email address for us to send them?
To meet the submission requirements and the deadline, your proposal materials must be uploaded online. Emailed materials to MFF will not be considered. All the materials you need to complete the RFA can be accessed on the website.
- Who is contacted about the selection of our application?
The Authorized Organization Representative will receive notification about whether the application was selected.
The FAQs below were added at 3:45 pm on 12/7/18.
- Are we allowed to submit more than one application for the evidence-base option?
An organization should submit only one Enhancing the Evidence Base application. When your organization completes the application, you will be asked to rank your top two choices from the list of interventions. An intervention will be selected based on the information provided in the application and the overall mix of interventions selected across applications.
- Could we schedule a time for a call to discuss our programs and the RFA with you?
To ensure all applicants receive consistent information, staff cannot have individual conversations about the RFA and potential programming. The first step for this RFA is to submit an application where you will provide information on local nutrition and physical activity needs, priority populations, settings in which you want to work, etc. MFF will package a custom SNAP-Ed project for selected applicants and then will work collaboratively with the selected applicants to refine the project and to design a project timeline and budget.
The FAQs below were added at 11:50 am on 12/12/18.
- One of the eligibility criteria states that applicants are required to conduct programming that does not duplicate current programs or supplant existing funding. Would requests to continue or expand a current program be eligible for funding?
For this Request for Applications (RFA), applicants provide information in response to the application questions, and then MFF will match selected applicants with existing evidence-based interventions. The FY 2020 Request for Proposals (RFP), to be released in the spring, is potentially a more appropriate funding opportunity for other successful, evidence-based, continuing programming that aligns with SNAP-Ed parameters.
- For the Farmers Market Food Navigator Program, would the Food Navigator be hired and paid for using our organization payroll from the RFA funds?
Yes, if funded, the Food Navigator would be staff or contracted staff (such as a nutrition educator) hired by your organization and paid using the funding your organization receives through the RFA project.
- Can you provide additional information on the Linking Lessons™ intervention, such as an outline/backgrounder or curriculum?
When applicants are selected, they will be provided with additional information about the intervention lessons and related evaluation tools to review to make sure they can implement the intervention as intended. See page 5 of the Enhancing the Evidence Base RFA for brief descriptions of Linking Lessons™.
- In the Enhancing the Evidence Base RFA, the descriptions of Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities™ (HSHC) and Linking Lessons™ include requirements for the number of series for an intervention to be provided for this RFA project. What is a series?
A session is a single, face-to-face interaction where direct education is provided. A series for an intervention is when all the required sessions are offered to a group of individuals. If funded, to meet the requirements of the RFA, your organization will need to deliver an intervention as outlined in the RFA (e.g., minimum number of series, each consisting of a minimum number of lessons (sessions)).
The FAQs below were added at 3:45 pm on 12/14/18.
- For the Linking Lessons™ intervention with people with cognitive disabilities, have the lessons been adapted or will the same lessons be used as the general Linking Lessons™ intervention?
Linking Lessons™ is currently being adapted for use with people with cognitive disabilities. This includes adaptations to the posters and lesson content, as well as to the scope and sequence; each lesson is being split into two sessions, with the first primarily covering the content and the second reinforcing the content and providing a tasting. MFF will work with selected applicants to ensure the scope and sequence meets the needs of the audience and works for your organization.
- For the Enhancing the Evidence Base RFA, could our organization be given two interventions to test?
Your organization should rank your top two choices from the list of interventions and MFF will match selected applicants.
- Are the Linking Lessons™ and Farmers Market Food Navigator Program materials available in Spanish?
At this time, the Linking Lessons™ and Farmers Market Food Navigator Program materials are not available in Spanish.
The FAQs below were added at 1:00 pm on 12/28/18.
- For the application form, is the two-page limit strictly enforced?
Do your best to keep your responses to the application questions to not more than two single-spaced pages. The first section of the form (SNAP-Ed Applicant Information) and the last section of the form (the section with acknowledgements) are not included in that two-page limit.
- To build the evidence base for the Fresh Conversations intervention, should it [a series including all the required lessons] be offered to returning participants?
Yes, for this RFA to build the evidence base, the Fresh Conversations intervention should be offered to the same participants. Remember that you will need to offer at least 4 separate series of Fresh Conversations to different groups of seniors. For clarification on “sessions” and “series” see FAQ#19.
How do I get questions answered?
If you have questions or need technical assistance, please send an email to: . For questions regarding the Building Local Capacity RFA, put “Building Local Capacity RFA” in the subject line. For questions regarding the Enhancing the Evidence Base RFA, put “Enhancing the Evidence Base RFA” in the subject line. Questions will be answered and posted in batches in the FAQ.