Georgia Department of Agriculture

Grants

Jeanne Maxwell, Esq.
Director of Grants Development & Compliance
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW
Room 216
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Phone: (404) 586-1113
Email: Jeanne.Maxwell@agr.georgia.gov

Jen Erdmann
Grants Specialist
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW
Room 218
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Phone: (404) 586-1151
Email: Jen.Erdmann@agr.georgia.gov

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The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) administers numerous federal grants and cooperative agreements internally through its various departmental divisions. GDA does not administer any grants that are available to individuals and/or businesses. There are federal and private grants and loans available (again, not administered by GDA) that applicants can independently apply for. The list below is not all-inclusive, but is a starting point for agricultural-related grant/loan research. Please click on the desired links for more information. 

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2015 USDA/AMS SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM - REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS/APPLICATIONS

Update: The acceptance period for 2015 proposals is now closed.

We are pleased to announce the competitive solicitation process to award the 2015 USDA/AMS Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP), administered through the Georgia Department of Agriculture.  The SCBGP funds projects that, "enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops."  Georgia's funding award is estimated to be approximately $1.1 million (this is contingent upon availability of funding from USDA/AMS).  Individual project award requests are for a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $175,000.  Awarded projects have three years to complete the requirements of the grant. 

Grant proposals/applications must be received by the Georgia Department of Agriculture by Friday, April 17, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. via email (in Word format).  No late proposals will be accepted. 

2015 SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK PROGRAM GRANT AND GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE REQUIREMENTS: (1) must use new application format; (2) INDIRECT COSTS ARE NOT ALLOWABLE FOR INDIVIDUAL PROJECT PROPOSALS; (3) cannot use grant funds for advertising and public relations costs used to promote the image of a general logo, or general brand, rather than specialty crops; (4) cannot use grant funds for GEORGIA GROWN in general (must be impacting only specialty crops); (5) cannot use grant funds for coupons/incentives/tokens; (6) cannot use grant funds for costs associated with the use of trade shows, meeting rooms, displays, demonstrations, exhibits, and rental space that do not solely promote specialty crops; and (7) aquaponics is allowable as long as the crops that are being grown are specialty crops and the focus of the project is on the specialty crops and not the fish.

Official Announcement for RFP and Due Dates 

USDA/AMS-SCBGP REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS

Grant Application and Authorization Form

Appendix A - Unallowable and Allowable Costs

Appendix B - Budget Template

Appendix C - Logic Model

Appendix G - List of Eligible Specialty Crops

USDA/AMS-SCBG Website

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2011-14 GDA/SCBG Sub-Grantee Procedures Manual (Includes Subgrantee Performance Report Due Dates)

2012-15 GDA/SCBG Sub-Grantee Procedures Manual (Includes Subgrantee Performance Report Due Dates)

2013-16 GDA/SCBG Sub-Grantee Procedures Manual (Includes Subgrantee Performance Report Due Dates)

2014-2017 GDA/SCBG Sub-Grantee Procedures Manual (Includes Subgrantee Performance Report Due Dates)

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MISCELLANEOUS GRANT RESEARCH SOURCES:

DOG AND CAT STERILIZATION PROGRAM

  • Licensed municipal animal shelters and licensed nonprofit animal rescue organizations with 501(c)(3) status may apply to the Georgia Department of Agriculture for a grant to assist with sterilization procedures on animals that are owned or in possession, custody, or control of the municipal animal shelter or nonprofit animal rescue and are to be adopted by Georgia private owners. For more info, call: (404) 656-4914

2015 NATIONAL ORGANIC CERTIFICATION COST SHARE PROGRAM

  • This program is to help defray the costs of receiving and maintaining organic certification for a producer, handler/processor, or both.  Georgia, administered through the Georgia Department of Agriculture, has been awarded federal funding to reimburse up to 75 percent of organic certification costs paid between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015, not to exceed $750 per certification scope.  

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA):
Agricultural Marketing Service

Farm Service Agency

  • Farm loan assistance; Commodity Credit Corporation; community loans; conservation programs; disaster assistance

Food and Nutrition Service

  • Farm to School Grant Program - Planning, Implementation, Support Service, and Training Grants

      NEW:  2016 USDA/FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE - REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS

  • Training Grant Letter of Intent due April 30, 2015
  • Application Submission due May 20, 2015
  • Estimated Award Date: November 18, 2015
  • 25 percent matching required

Foreign Agricultural Service/Market Development

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

USDA-NIFA Family & Small Farms

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Rural Development

  • Rural Funding Sources
  • Value-Added Producer Grants

USDA Rural Development State Offices

RURAL INFORMATION CENTER - NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL LIBRARY: www.start2farm.gov/

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Grant Opportunities

U.S. Small Business Administration

USDA SERVICE CENTERS LOCATED IN GEORGIA - Each Center has representatives from the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development Agency to answer your questions: offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app

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