Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF)
03/25/19 5:00 PM Receipt
Grants starting at $10,000 to Oklahoma government agencies, agricultural producers, producer associations, colleges and universities, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders to enhance markets for specialty crops grown within the State. Funding is intended to support projects that improve the competitiveness in foreign and domestic markets of tree nuts, fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, culinary herbs and spices, medicinal plants, floriculture, horticulture, and nursery crops.
Projects will solely enhance the competitiveness of an Oklahoma specialty crop. They must provide a benefit to more than just the applicant, and benefit a specialty crop segment as a whole. ODAFF and USDA encourages projects that benefit beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers and projects that address problems or opportunities that cross state boundaries.
For a comprehensive listing of Specialty Crops, please see https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/specialty-crop.
Major areas of Focus: (Not limited to these issues affecting the specialty crop industry)
- Enhancing food safety
- Good Agricultural Practices
- Good Handling Practices
- Increasing Specialty Crop nutrition education and consumption
- Specialty Crop research, pest and disease control
- Developing or improving marketing channels for specialty crops
- Developing new and improved seed varieties
Examples of eligible expenditures include personnel costs, direct operating expenses, supplies costing less than $5,000, consultant services or subcontractors, and travel. (For details, see http://www.ag.ok.gov/mktdev/Application%20Manual%20FY%202019%20SCBG.pdf#page=6.)
For examples of acceptable projects, see http://www.ag.ok.gov/mktdev/Application%20Manual%20FY%202019%20SCBG.pdf#page=6.
GrantWatch ID#: 180958
Requests range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000.
SCBG funds may be awarded for projects up to 2 years in duration.
State, local or, tribal governments, individual producers, producer associations, colleges and universities, community based organizations, processors and other specialty crop stakeholders are eligible to apply either as single entities or in combined efforts. Proposals that involve collaboration or partnerships between producers, industry groups, academics, or other organizations are encouraged and will be given priority.
All recipients of SCBG funds must have a DUNS number. DUNS numbers may be obtained by visiting http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. In addition, all entities receiving federal funds are required to register in the Federal System for Award Management (SAM) database. To register, see https://www.sam.gov/portal/SAM/#1.)
The USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Grant 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.
For examples of unacceptable projects, see http://www.ag.ok.gov/mktdev/Application%20Manual%20FY%202019%20SCBG.pdf#page=5.
- Alcoholic beverages/ Entertainment
- Substituting existing efforts or research already funded
- Paying off existing debt
- Brick and mortar (construction) projects
- Contributions, charitable or political
- Expenses falling outside of the contract period
- Expenditures not listed in the project budget or an approved amendment
- Expenses that are not adequately documented
- Indirect Cost (may be shown as matching)
- Fines, penalties, damages and other settlements resulting from violations (or alleged violations) of, or failure of the governmental unit to comply with Federal, State, local or tribal laws and regulations
- Meal reimbursements related to travel, meetings conferences or other events
- Advertising cost designed solely to promote the image of an organization, general logo or general brand rather than eligible specialty crops are unallowable
Grant funds may not be used to fund political activities.
Projected Grant Timeline:
- February 2019 - Announce grant opportunity and publish request for proposals.
- March 25, 2019 - Submission deadline for proposals.
- April 2019 - Proposals evaluated and selected for inclusion in Oklahoma’s State Plan to USDA.
- May 17, 2019 - Submit Oklahoma’s State Plan to USDA.
- October 2019 Award announcement from USDA.
1. An electronic grant application must be emailed to the Funding Source before 5 pm Friday March 25, 2019. Applications must be received by the grant deadline.
2. In addition, five signed, printed copies of the application must be at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, & Forestry before 5 pm Friday March 25, 2019.
Matching funds, either in cash and/or in-kind contribution of 20% of the total project budget will be required by applicants.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit the application to:
2. In addition, hard copies must be mailed to:
Oklahoma Dept. of Ag, Food, & Forestry
Attn: Jason Harvey
P.O. Box 528804
Oklahoma City, OK 73152
Jason Harvey, Program Coordinator
Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Food, & Forestry
2800 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Office: (405) 606-1477
Fax: (405) 522-4855