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USDA/AMS Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

Grants to Georgia Nonprofits, Agencies, and
IHEs to Enhance Markets for Specialty Crops

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA)

LOI Date:

02/18/19

Deadline Date:

03/29/19 Noon

Description:

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Grants starting at $20,000 to Georgia nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and agricultural organizations to enhance the market competitiveness of specialty crops produced within the state. Applicants must submit a concept proposal prior to applying. Projects may involve education, research, or marketing. All projects must benefit the specialty crop industry. Partnerships are strongly encouraged.

Specialty crops are defined as: fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, Christmas trees, turfgrass/sod, nursery and greenhouse crops, including floriculture.

Funding Priorities/Focus Areas:

The following have been identified as funding priorities for the SCBGP for Georgia:
- Increasing consumption of specialty crops in Georgia’s schools by expanding child knowledge of and improving access to the nutritional benefits of specialty crops;
- Enhancing specialty crop food safety, particularly in regard to helping farmers/growers/producers prepare for and comply with the provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA);
- Assisting all entities in the specialty crop production/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;
- Research projects, including those which focus on helping specialty crop growers reduce the financial costs and/or environmental impact of their operations, including improved pest and disease management techniques, efficient water management, integrated pest management, and/or sustainable production;
- Developing and researching new and improved specialty crop varieties that are better adapted to Georgia’s soils and climate and/or result in longer shelf-life;
- Increasing sales and marketability and driving demand for commercially grown specialty crops.

Note that the public is welcome to suggest additional funding priorities to be considered by GDA for future SCBGP solicitations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153415

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual project award funding requests require a minimum request of $20,000 up to a maximum of $175,000.

Term of Contract:

Awarded projects will have up to three years to complete the requirements of the grant.

The three-year grant period begins October 1, 2019 and ends September 29, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals will be accepted only from: IRS-designated 501(c)(3) current nonprofit organizations, commodity commissions, grower associations, state and local government entities, and colleges and universities. Applicants must reside in or their business or educational affiliation must be in Georgia. Individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible to apply.

Nonprofit organizations are strongly encouraged to partner with a Principal Investigator (PI) from a Georgia college or university, preferably from either of Georgia’s Land Grant institutions (UGA or FVSU). Those who do not may receive lower scores on their Concept Proposals, especially if they have never received a SCBGP grant.

If you have submitted the same project to GDA twice in the past and it has not been funded, it cannot be submitted again. You are welcome to submit a new project.

Note that no indirect/administrative/F&A costs can be charged for this grant.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for acceptance for 2019 Concept Proposals is Monday, February 18, 2019 at noon.

Concept Proposals will be scored against all other concept proposals submitted and only the top 20 highest scoring projects will go on to submit a full proposal. Invitations for full proposals will be issued on February 27, 2019.

Projected Timeline (subject to change):

- February 1, 2019 – Friday: Announcement of 2019 SCBGP grant opportunity; Request for Concept Proposals (pre-screening) published
- February 18, 2019 - Monday: Deadline for submission of Concept Proposals; must be received by noon (no exceptions)
- February 27, 2019 – Wednesday: GDA will send out Requests for Full Applications to organizations for the 20 applications with approved Concept Proposals. Those not invited to apply will also receive notice on that date.
- March 29, 2019 - Friday: Full Project Proposal/Application submission deadline to GDA by noon (no exceptions) in Word format only
- April 2019: GDA staff review of full applications: revisions and clarifications requested from applicants.
- Late April to Early May 2019: GDA/Specialty Crop Review Committee evaluation of applications.
- Mid-May 2019: Notice to applicants of acceptance/denial of their project proposals by Review Committee. Revisions made to projects before submission to USDA/AMS-SCBGP; Most applications will require scope/budget revisions to projects based on Review Committee recommendations.
- June 2019: Georgia’s full State Grant Application Request will be sent to USDA/AMS-SCBG.
- Mid-Late September 2019: Award letters and contract agreements will go out to awardees/sub-grantees. Announcement of grant awards through press release/GDA website.
- October 1, 2019: 3-year grant period begins.
- March 31, 2021: Grantees should have requested reimbursement for at least 50% of their grant funds by this date. Unspent funds are subject to recapture and reallocation.
- September 29, 2022: 3-year Grant period ends. No extensions. Projects must be completed by this date and absolutely no 2019 grant funds can be spent after this date.

USDA/AMS-SCBG Website (All applicants should review this info from USDA, includes list of eligible specialty crops):
https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp

Contact Information:

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

Jeanne Maxwell, Esq., Director of Grants Development & Compliance
Jeanne.Maxwell@agr.georgia.gov

Jen Erdmann, Assistant Director of Grants/SCBGP Coordinator
Jen.Erdmann@agr.georgia.gov

Georgia Department of Agriculture
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia