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2018 Kentucky Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (KSCBGP)

Grants to Kentucky Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, and
Agencies to Enhance the Market for Specialty Crops

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Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA)

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Deadline Date:

05/01/18 4:30 PM EST


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Grants to Kentucky nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, producer groups, and IHEs for projects that promote the market competitiveness of specialty crops produced within the state. Concept papers are due March 1. Statewide priorities, in order of importance, are as follows:

-Improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems
-Identification and implementation of value-added processing for specialty crops
-Developing local and regional food systems
-Improving markets for specialty crops through direct marketing
-Enhancing food safety of specialty crops
-Specialty crop production research and developing new/improved seed varieties and specialty crops
-Identification and implementation of distribution and aggregation points for specialty crops
-Increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops
-Pest and disease control of specialty crops
-Sustainability of supply chain

Concept Proposals should:
-Demonstrate a high likelihood of success.
-Describe the specialty crop grower benefit and grower connection to the project.
-Be scalable to the larger community.
-Demonstrate industry need and support.
-Illustrate a sustainable funding source beyond the life of the proposed grant.
-Include an outreach component addressing how project results, research findings, and conclusions will be extended to specialty crop growers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169567

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Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no maximum award amount.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds cannot be expended before October 1, 2018, or after September 28, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Interested, eligible nonprofit organizations, local, state, and federal government entities, for-profit organizations, producer groups, and colleges or universities must submit Concept Proposals.

Proposals should be initiated by organizations, industry groups, or academic institutions, or should involve collaboration or partnerships between producers, industry groups, academics, or other organizations.

Funds will not be awarded for projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual. In addition, grant funds cannot be used to compete unfairly with private companies that provide equivalent products or services.

Single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.

Applicants may cooperate with any public or private organization, or two or more individuals or organizations may propose a joint project.

Applicants should describe how the project potentially affects and produces measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public rather than a single organization, institution, or individual.

Multi-state projects are allowed, but should provide solutions to problems that cross state boundaries. Multi-state partnership proposals must explain the impact the projects will have on a multi-state or national level.

Pre-Application Information:

Concept proposals (Phase I) are due by 4:30 PM EST on March 1, 2018. Only applicants approved during Phase I of the application process will be eligible to submit an application for Phase II and potentially receive funding.

The Panel will make recommendations as to which applicants should be invited to submit a Phase II, Grant Proposal. Applicants invited to Phase II must complete and submit the full KSCBGP application by 4:30 PM EST on May 1, 2018 to be considered for funding.

KDA will favor grants that have matching funds as noted below:

-Requested Amount: $50,000 - $100,000
-Suggested Matching Funds from Applicant: Request for SCBGP funds should not exceed 50% of project expenses

-Requested Amount: $15,000 - $49,999
-Suggested Matching Funds from Applicant: Request for SCBGP funds should not exceed 75% of project expenses

-Requested Amount: Up to - $14,999
-Suggested Matching Funds from Applicant: Request for SCBGP funds should not exceed 90% of project expenses

-Release Request for Concept Proposals: November 2017
-Concept Proposals Due: March 1, 2018
-Invitation to Submit Grant Proposals: March, 2018
-Grant Proposals Due: May 1, 2018
-Grant Proposals Reviewed and Selected for Funding: July 2018
-Grants Complied and sent to USDA USDA Questions and Approval: July-August 2018
-Public Announcement of Awarded Projects: Q4 2018

Contact Information:

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

Joshua Lindau

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kentucky