Limited Submission: Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Projects


The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA announces the Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) funding program to improve the quality and quantity of comprehensive community-based programs for at-risk children, youth, and families supported by the Cooperative Extension System. The CYFAR program mission is to marshal resources of the Land-Grant and Cooperative Extension Systems to develop and deliver educational programs that equip limited resource families and youth who are at-risk for not meeting basic human needs with the skills they need to lead positive, productive, contributing lives.

Please read the full program announcement linked above before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount

  • The anticipated amount available for CYFAR grants in FY 2018 is approximately $6,680,000. Of this amount, approximately $800,000 will be available to fund new CYFAR SCPs under this RFA, which will have project periods ranging up to five years. The remaining amount, $5,880,000 of the $6,680,000, will fund 35 CYFAR continuation Sustainable Community Projects.
  • The maximum funding per grantee for initial year will be $80,000 for a Regular SCP, and $160,000 for a Joint SCP


  • Applications may only be submitted by Cooperative Extension at 1890 Land-grant Institutions, including Tuskegee University, Central State University, and West Virginia State University; 1862 Land-grant Colleges and Universities; and the University of the District of Columbia.
  • Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project. Failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the time of application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, even though an application may be reviewed, will preclude NIFA from making an award.

Limitation Details

An Institution may submit 1 proposal. If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • Curriculum vitae

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to by the internal deadline listed above.

Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to

For questions directly related to this program, please contact the following program officers:

Bonita Williams

Phone: (202) 720-3566

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