USDA Launches SNAP E&T Data Grants
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a new grant opportunity for states to improve their data collection and reporting systems for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T).
All 53 state agencies that administer SNAP may apply for this competitive grant. USDA will select up to nine states to receive awards of $300,000 to $1 million each. Selected states may use the funds over a three-year period to accomplish one or more of the following activities:
- Training and capacity building, including improving data quality;
- Developing IT systems to support the collection, reporting, and analysis of data; and/or,
- Conducting other program improvements that help participants move toward stable, good jobs.
These activities can help states develop their data systems to meet SNAP E&T national reporting requirements that were set forth last spring. In particular, USDA aims to strengthen states’ ability to use administrative data, including quarterly wage record information, to more efficiently capture the employment and wage outcomes of SNAP E&T participants to monitor program success.
Applications are due by July 31, 2017. For complete information and application instructions, see Funding Opportunity Number SNAP-ETDATA-2017 at Grants.gov.
- SNAP E&T Policy and Guidance, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) at USDA
- SNAP E&T Reporting Measures and Data Sources, FNS webinar
- Stepping Up: State Developments in SNAP Employment and Training Data, WDQC report