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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

Grants to Increase Sales of Idaho Produce

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Idaho State Department of Agriculture

Deadline Date:

04/06/12 Postmark date

Description:

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Grants are available to Idaho organizations to support local agriculture and increase the sale of specialty crops at home or abroad. Eligible programs can enhance the public's education about specific crops, increase food safety or sustainability, help to increase their distribution, research, and other initiatives related to enhancing the safety, availability, and sale of these crops. Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, nursery crops, and honey. Projects will be evaluated on how well they enhance the competitiveness of Idaho’s specialty crops, soundness and quality of the project plan, measurable outcomes and return on investment.

In particular, project areas may include (but are not limited to) the following issues affecting the specialty crop industry:
• Increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops
• Pest and disease control
• Sustainability
• Enhancing food safety
• Developing new and improved seed varieties
• Improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems
• Assisting all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain in developing “Good Agricultural Practices”, “Good Handling Practices”, “Good Manufacturing Practices”, and in cost-share arrangements for funding audits of such systems for small farmers, packers, and processors
• Investing in specialty crop research, including organic research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes
• Participation of industry representatives at meetings of international standard setting bodies in which the US government participates

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 128067

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$850,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Open. The average grant amount is between $50,000-$100,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed between November 1, 2012 and September 30, 2014.

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit organizations
For-profit organizations
Applicants must reside in, or their business or educational affiliation must be in, Idaho

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must have a DUNS number.

Each applicant may submit up to two applications. If submitting two applications, specify the priority of the projects.

Multi-state projects are encouraged to provide a growing need for solutions to problems that cross state boundaries. A project is multi-state when an organization receives SCBGP-FB funding from more than one state to execute the same or multiple components of the same project. If interested in submitting an application involving multiple states, be sure to contact each state’s Specialty Crop program managers to ensure you are following the state's application procedures.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Laura Johnson
(208) 332-8533
laura.johnson@agri.idaho.gov

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho