The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) brings together stakeholders from different parts of the food and health care systems.
The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program competitive grant programs are approved under 7 USC 7517, for fiscal years 2019 through 2023 with mandatory annual funding growth from $45 million to $56 million over 5 years. The 2018 Agriculture Act allows the trustee to provide funding opportunities to conduct and evaluate projects that provide incentives to eligible income consumers to increase purchases of fruits and vegetables and prescriptions for fresh fruits and vegetables. By bringing together stakeholders from different parts of the food and health care systems, GusNIP projects help advance understanding of improving the health and nutritional status of participating families, facilitate growth in underrepresented communities and geographies, as well as collect and aggregate data to identify and improve best practices at scale. . GusNIP includes three competitive scholarship programs, which are briefly described below:
GusNIP Competitive Scholarship Programs
- Nutrition Incentive Program – Develop and evaluate projects to increase purchases of fruits and vegetables by providing incentives at the point of purchase among income-eligible consumers participating in the US Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands , as well as income-eligible consumers participating in the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Assistance Program (NAP) in Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands,
- Prescription Production Program – Undertake projects that demonstrate and evaluate the impact of fresh fruit and vegetable recipes to increase purchase and consumption of fruits and vegetables, reduce individual and household food insecurity, reduce healthcare use and associated costs, and;
- Cooperative Agreements for Training, Technical Assistance, Evaluation, and Information Centers – Provides training, technical assistance, evaluation and information support services to potential applicants, Nutrition Incentive Projects, Prescription Production, and GusNIP as a whole.
eligibility – eligibility
GusNIP applicants are encouraged to broadly partner and collaborate throughout the health care system and food system. Nonprofit organizations and government agencies are eligible to apply for the GusNIP Nutrition Incentive Program and the GusNIP Produce Prescription Program.
Eligibility to apply for GusNIP Collaboration Agreements for Training, Technical Assistance, Evaluation, and Information Centers is limited to NGOs, state cooperative extension services, regional food systems centers, federal, state or tribal agencies, and institutions of higher education. Cooperative agreement proposals are not invited every year.
For more information, please visit:
Gus Schumacher RFA Funding Opportunity Page
Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program – Prescription Production Program Funding Opportunity Page