FRTEP is a non-formal, knowledge-based educational program steeped in the philosophy established in the Smith-Lever Act of 1914. Outreach is conducted by Extension Educators of 1862 and 1890 Land Grant Institutions who live and work in Indian communities alongside tribal government officials and often with 1994 Land Grant Extension personnel.
FRTEP programs are developed through local needs and objectives, reaching an underserved audience often overlooked by broader Extension efforts. FRTEP is often the key to leveraging additional development resources to reach those communities and individuals in most need.
The priority areas of the FRTEP Program:
Tribal Youth and 4-H
Indian farmer and rancher productivity and management
Indian Community development around economic and workforce enhancement
Indigenous food systems for food security, food safety and obesity reduction
Natural resource conservation and bio-energy development
Adaptation to climate change
American Indian cultural and linguistic preservation
Applications may be submitted by 1862 and 1890 Land-Grant Institutions.
The awards process
FRTEP is a competitive, four-year continuation grant opportunity. Awards will be made through a competitive, peer-reviewed process administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Award amounts will vary and are contingent upon annual Congressional Appropriations.
The RFA will be posted online as soon as it’s available. All applications for funding must be submitted electronically through www.Grants.gov (link is external).
Reviewers from universities, government, community-based organizations, for-profit and non-profit organizations and the farming community will provide peer assessment as well as recommend applications for funding.