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Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG)

Grants to Montana Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs,
and Agencies to Enhance Specialty Crop Markets

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA)

Conf. Date:

02/04/19

Deadline Date:

02/06/19 11:59 pm MST

Description:

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Grants starting at $15,000 to Montana nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, IHEs, producer associations, community-based organizations, and other relevant stakeholders to develop markets for specialty crop growth within the state. Specialty crops include vegetable, fruits, dried fruits, peas and lentils, nursery crops (including floriculture), and horticulture.

Program Priorities:

Providing Farmer Education on Specialty Crop:
-Farm to institution practices
-Value-added production
-Disease and pest management
-Farm and food safety
-Organic and non-organic food production
-Use of beneficial organisms
-Business development

Supporting Research in the areas of Specialty Crop:
-Disease and pest management
-Variety testing and selection
-Organic and non-organic food production
-Use of beneficial organisms

Planning and supporting Infrastructures that create or support Specialty Crop:
-Storage
-Processing
-Farm to institute
-Pest management assistance for farmers

Increasing Consumer Awareness of the Value of Specialty Crops through:
-Education
-Market Development

Representing a Geographic Diversity of Projects Across the State

Definition of Specialty Crops:

The Specialty Crop Competitiveness Act of 2004 and the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 have defined specialty crops as "fruits and vegetables, peas and lentils, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture)."

Eligible plants must be intensively cultivated and used by people for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetic gratification to be considered specialty crops. Processed products shall constitute greater than 50% of the specialty crop by weight, exclusive of added water.

Eligible Projects:

To be eligible for a grant, the project(s) must solely enhance the competitiveness of U.S. or U.S. territory grown specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets. Projects must also benefit more than one commercial product (e.g., ABC Company brand), organization, or individual.

Examples of enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crops include, but are not limited to: research, promotion, marketing, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education, "buy local" programs, increased consumption, increased innovation, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems, environmental concerns and conservation, product development, and developing cooperatives.

MDA encourages applicants to develop projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops pertaining to the following issues affecting the specialty crop industry:
- Increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops
- Improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems;
- Assisting all entities in the specialty crop distribution chains 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 research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes
- Enhancing food safety
- Developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops
- Pest and disease control; and
- Development of organic and sustainable production practices.

SCBG Purpose:

The purpose of this program is solely to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Montana pertaining to the following issues affecting the specialty crop industry:
-Enhancing food safety;
-Improving the capacity of all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act, for example, by 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 research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes;
-Developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops;
-Pest and disease control;
-Increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops;
-Improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems and;
-Sustainability.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178446

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding amount requested must be a minimum of $15,000; there is no maximum.

Term of Contract:

Proposed projects should start no earlier than September 30, 2019 and end no later than September 29, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Entities eligible for applying for SCBG funds are:
-State and/or local organizations
-Government entities
-Producer associations
-Academia
-Community based organizations
-Other specialty crop stakeholders.

Eligible applicants include both nonprofits and for-profits.

In order to receive an award all applying entities must provide a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.

MDA will not award grant funds for projects that solely benefit a commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual. In addition, recipients and subrecipients cannot use grant funds to compete unfairly with private companies that provide equivalent products or services.

Ineligible Crops
-Alfalfa
-Eggs
-Quinoa
-Barley
-Flax
-Range Grasses
-Buckwheat
-Hay
-Safflower
-Canola
-Livestock Products
-Soybeans
-Canola Oil
-Millet
-Sugar Beets
-Dairy Products
-Oats
-Triticale
-Wheat

Examples of Unacceptable Projects
- A company requests grant funds to purchase starter plants or equipment used to plant, cultivate, and grow a specialty crop to make a profit, or to expand production of a single business or organization.
- A State requests grant funds to make grants to individual specialty crop businesses or roadside stands to promote their individual businesses.
- A single specialty crop organization requests grant funds to market its organization so that it can increase its membership.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Open Question and Answer Conference Calls will be held on January 15, 2019, 10:00 AM, and February 4, 2019, 1:00 PM.

SCBG Question and Answer Call One:
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM MST
Call: 406-444-4647
Access code: 7554538#

SCBG Question and Answer Call Two:
Tuesday, February 4, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MST
Call: 406-444-4647
Access code: 4959083#

Pre-Application Information:

Applications due February 6, 2019,11:59 PM MST

Reviewer Meeting: February 26, 2019
Expected Announcement of selected applications: May 1, 2019
Earliest possible start for proposed projects: Sept. 30, 2019
Last possible end date for proposed projects: Sept. 29, 2022

Typically, funds will be distributed to an awarded grantee on a reimbursement basis. It is also possible for a grantee to request funds on an advance basis however, documentation standards are higher.

More information: https://agr.mt.gov/News/mt-dept-of-agriculture-requesting-specialty-crop-block-grant-applications

To get a DUNS number: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://fundingmt.org/index.do

SCBG Question and Answer Call One:
Call: 406-444-4647, Access code: 7554538#

SCBG Question and Answer Call Two:
Call: 406-444-4647, Access code: 4959083#

Jim Auer
SCBG Program Manager:
P: (406) 444-5424
Fax: (406) 444-9442
jauer@mt.gov
scbg@mt.gov

302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana