FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
2015 USDA/AMS SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM (SCBGP)
REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS
Notice of Federal Grant Funds Availability – FY 2015
Administered By: Georgia Department of Agriculture
19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is pleased to announce the competitive solicitation process to award the 2015 USDA/AMS (Agricultural Marketing Service) Specialty Crop Block Program grant. Georgia’s funding award is estimated to be $1.4 million (this award is contingent upon the availability of funding from USDA/AMS).
Individual project award funding requests require a minimum request of $10,000 up to a maximum of $175,000. Awarded projects will have three years to complete the requirements of the grant.
Please refer to the links available on the GDA grants webpage located at www.agr.georgia.gov/grants.aspx for the grant application, guidelines, and additional information.
Proposals will be accepted from non-profit organizations and corporations, commodity commissions, associations, state and local government entities, and colleges and universities. Applicants must reside or their business or educational affiliation must be in Georgia. Individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible to apply.
The project proposal must focus on research, education, marketing, etc., and benefit the specialty crop industry.
The purpose of the SCBGP is to provide funding for projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as: fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, Christmas trees, turfgrass/sod, nursery and greenhouse crops, including floriculture. Please see the specific listing of eligible crops on the USDA/AMS website located at www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/scbgp.
The following have been identified as funding priorities for the 2015 SCBGP for Georgia:
- Projects which increase sales and marketability and drive demand for commercially grown specialty crops.
- Projects which expand child and adult knowledge of nutritional benefits, improve access, and increase consumption for Georgia specialty crops.
- Projects to help specialty crop growers/producers reduce the financial cost and/or environmental impact of their operations, including improved pest and disease management techniques, efficient water management, sustainable production, etc.
- Projects with eligible funding priorities submitted by socially disadvantaged and/or minority applicants.
- GDA’s intent is to fund projects that can produce the highest degree of measurable benefits to Georgia’s specialty crop producers, in relation to each dollar spent.
FEBRUARY 24 - Tuesday
*Announcement of 2015 SCBGP grant opportunity; Request for Applications
APRIL 17 - Friday
*Project Proposal/Application submission deadline to GDA
*Project Proposal/Application must be received by 4:30 p.m., via email in Word format to Jeanne.firstname.lastname@example.org
*GDA/Specialty Crop Review Committee evaluation of applications
*Notice to applicants of acceptance/denial of their project proposals by Review Committee
*Revisions made to projects before submission to USDA/AMS-SCBGP
*Submit Georgia’s State Grant Application Request to USDA/AMS-SCBG
*Send out award letters to awardees/subgrantees
*Send out grant contract agreements to awardees/sub-grantees
*Announce grant awards through press release/website
END OF SEPTEMBER
*3-year grant period will begin
For questions or additional information please contact:
Jeanne Maxwell, Esq.
Director of Grants Development & Compliance
Georgia Department of Agriculture
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.