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USDA announces $5 million in competitive grants for SNAP modernization

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    USDA announces $5 million in competitive grants for SNAP modernization

    On April 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officially began accepting applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Process and Technology Improvement Grant (PTIG) Program. The SNAP PTIG Program will provide $5 million in competitive funding to eligible entities, which include state SNAP agencies as well as local governments, to enact updated processes and technology in an effort to improve access to SNAP benefits and enhance the customer service experience for beneficiaries. The awarded funding must be used within three years, with projects fully implemented at the end of the three-year grant period.  

    Examples of projects implemented by previous award recipients include improving the functionality of mobile applications and instating a text message communications system. The streamlined processes implemented as a result of the PTIG Program will also lessen the administrative burden on our human services workforce and better support them in their roles. 

    To advance racial equity and inclusion, USDA requires that PTIG applicants prioritize at least one of the following objectives in their proposals: 

    • Expand the use and modernization of technological systems to improve enrollment of marginalized communities 
    • Enhance disaster preparedness and response systems and appropriately transition out of pandemic response operations 
    • Improve SNAP client communication and engagement and streamline administrative processes to reduce barriers to access 

    USDA expects to award a total of 12 grants and will prioritize applicants who have not received a PTIG in previous years. Entities that were awarded a PTIG in the last fiscal year will not be considered. County governments interested in applying must do so by June 27 and can access the application and additional program information here. USDA will be holding an informational webinar on May 5 at 2 p.m. EDT for first time applicants. To register, click here.  

    Counties play a critical role in administering federal safety net programs, including SNAP, and applaud initiatives that ensure our residents have improved access to federal nutrition programs as well as receive high quality service from our government agencies and community partners.  

    Additional Resources

    • NACo Policy Brief: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Reauthorization and Appropriations
    • NACo Legislative Toolkit: Priorities for Strengthening the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • NACo Toolkit: The County Human Services and Education Landscape
    On April 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officially began accepting applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Process and Technology Improvement Grant (PTIG) Program.
    2022-05-03
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    2022-05-03
USDA is awarding $5 million to states, localities and community-based organizations to improve their SNAP customer service processes and upgrade their technology systems County governments have until June 27 to apply for funding under the SNAP Process and Technology Improvement Grant Program, with awards granted in September

On April 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officially began accepting applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Process and Technology Improvement Grant (PTIG) Program. The SNAP PTIG Program will provide $5 million in competitive funding to eligible entities, which include state SNAP agencies as well as local governments, to enact updated processes and technology in an effort to improve access to SNAP benefits and enhance the customer service experience for beneficiaries. The awarded funding must be used within three years, with projects fully implemented at the end of the three-year grant period.  

Examples of projects implemented by previous award recipients include improving the functionality of mobile applications and instating a text message communications system. The streamlined processes implemented as a result of the PTIG Program will also lessen the administrative burden on our human services workforce and better support them in their roles. 

To advance racial equity and inclusion, USDA requires that PTIG applicants prioritize at least one of the following objectives in their proposals: 

  • Expand the use and modernization of technological systems to improve enrollment of marginalized communities 
  • Enhance disaster preparedness and response systems and appropriately transition out of pandemic response operations 
  • Improve SNAP client communication and engagement and streamline administrative processes to reduce barriers to access 

USDA expects to award a total of 12 grants and will prioritize applicants who have not received a PTIG in previous years. Entities that were awarded a PTIG in the last fiscal year will not be considered. County governments interested in applying must do so by June 27 and can access the application and additional program information here. USDA will be holding an informational webinar on May 5 at 2 p.m. EDT for first time applicants. To register, click here.  

Counties play a critical role in administering federal safety net programs, including SNAP, and applaud initiatives that ensure our residents have improved access to federal nutrition programs as well as receive high quality service from our government agencies and community partners.  

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