How do I Apply for the MGFSP Grant?

How do I apply to the Micro-Grants for Food Security Program?

Only state departments of agriculture from one of the following states and territories may apply to AMS for funding: Alaska, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the United States Virgin Islands.

Individuals or other non-federal entities interested in applying to the MGFSP program must submit their project to the appropriate state department of agriculture to be considered for funding. To learn how to apply for funding in your state or territory, contact your MGFSP state department of agriculture contact.

When can I submit an application?

The 2023 MGFSP grant application period is now open. Applications are due June 6, 2023.  Applications received after the due date will be subject to the AMS’ Late Applications, Denials and/or Appeal Procedures (pdf).

What are the application requirements?

State departments of agriculture can find the requirements for applying in the most recently published Request for Applications.

What are the required forms?

Each application must include the following forms:

If applicable, application packages are required to include the following documents:  

  • Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement

Is there anything else I need to apply?

You need to complete the following steps to apply for a grant:

  1. Register with System for Award Management ( You must have an active account in order to apply. Registering in SAM is free, but it can take time so be sure to get register right away. If you are already registered with SAM, you do not need to do it again. You must ensure your registration remains active. 
  2. Register with You must create a account. You must know your Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number to register. Once roles have been assigned and authorized, the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) will be able to submit the application.

Please visit for additional tools, tips and training on how to apply for a federal grant.

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