Montana Potato Research and Market Development Program

Grants to Montana Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, Agencies
and Individuals to Strengthen the Potato Industry

GrantWatch ID#: 176414
Agency Type:


Montana Department of Agriculture

10/24/16 4:00 PM Receipt

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Grants to Montana nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, educational institutions, and individuals for research and marketing activities related to the State’s potato industry. Priority will be given to projects addressing virus and vector management, potato disease, and the use of weeds as alternate pathogen hosts. Proposals must involve a practical initiative with the potential to strengthen the industry.

Projects that address research programs to improve the quality of seed potatoes, develop and improve control measures for diseases and pests that attack potatoes, improve potato-growing culture, dissemination of such information, or plan, and conduct publicity and sales promotion campaigns will be considered.

The Montana Potato Advisory Committee has established the following research priorities for the 2016-2017 funding cycle:

1) Management of potato viruses and their vectors;

2) Stem and tuber diseases caused by fungi and bacteria (such as blackleg, scab, soft rot and ringrot); and

3) Weeds as alternate hosts for potato pathogens.

Research proposals must be innovative. To meet this burden, the applicant must demonstrate that there is not currently any relevant research available that is applicable to Montana producers. If relevant research is available, the applicant must explain how the proposed research will build upon the previous research.

Eligible costs under the Montana Potato Research & Market Development Program may include, but are not limited to:
-Salaries and Wages
-Fringe Benefits
-Consultant Services (professional, technical, operational) -Travel
-Advertising and Promotion
-Equipment (preferably leased versus direct acquisition) -Supplies and Materials
-Communication (telephone, postage, printing, etc.)
-Data Processing

Public and private entities, organizations, businesses, educational institutions, local governments, and individuals are eligible to submit proposals.

If two or more individuals or organizations propose to conduct a project jointly, they should submit one application as co-applicants.

Applicants must demonstrate a proven ability to carry out all elements of the proposed project.

In addition, applicants proposing to rely upon the expertise of another individual or organization to undertake any part of the project must clearly define the responsibilities of that party as well as provide evidence of their willingness and demonstrated ability to undertake that area of responsibility.

Employees of the Montana Department of Agriculture and their immediate families, and members of the Montana Potato Advisory Committee and their immediate families are excluded from eligibility for funding under this program. Immediate family includes mother, father, brother, sister, spouse and children.

Program funds cannot be used for the payment of institution overhead or other indirect costs such as use of land, buildings or equipment. These costs can be used, however, in calculating the applicant match.

Projects should be undertaken in Montana. Proposals for projects to be conducted outside of Montana must present clear evidence that the Montana potato industry will benefit from the activity.

Proposals under the Montana Potato Research & Market Development Program must be submitted to the Montana Potato Advisory Committee by 4:00 PM on October 24, 2016.

Proposals must be submitted through the Webgrants system. Instructions on using Webgrants can be found at:

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

Apply Online:

Jana Mertens
(406) 444-2402

Agriculture Development & Marketing Bureau
Montana Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 200201
Helena, MT 59620-0202

Fax: (406) 444-9442

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