Georgia Department of Agriculture

Grants

Jeanne Maxwell, Esq.
Director of Grants Development & Compliance
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Email: Jeanne.Maxwell@agr.georgia.gov

Jen Erdmann
Grants Specialist
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Email: Jen.Erdmann@agr.georgia.gov

 

******ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A GRANT? PLEASE READ THIS!******

 

The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) administers numerous federal grants and cooperative agreements internally through its various departmental divisions. GDA does not offer any grants that are available to individuals and/or businesses (including farms). There are federal and private grants and loans available (again, not administered by GDA) that applicants can independently apply for. The links included in this list are not all-inclusive, but are a starting point for agricultural-related grant/loan research. 

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2016 USDA/AMS SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM (SCBGP)

NOTE: Only IRS-designated non-profits, Colleges/Universities, local governments, commodity commissions and associations may apply for this grant. Individuals and private businesses (including farms) are NOT eligible. Previous federal grants experience will be strongly considered in the pre-selection process.

****THE APPLICATION SUBMITTAL PERIOD for 2016 IS NOW CLOSED. Concept Proposals are no longer being accepted for the 2016 SCBGP (posted 2/26/16)****

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS/APPLICATIONS (posted 2/1/16):  We are pleased to announce the competitive solicitation process to award the 2016 USDA/AMS Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP), administered through the Georgia Department of Agriculture.  The SCBGP only funds projects that, "enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops."  Georgia's funding award is $1,070,978.  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. 

NEW FOR 2016: The SCBGP application process through GDA now consists of TWO steps:
  1. Submittal of a  Request for Concept Proposal Application form to GDA. Due by 4:00pm on Friday, 2/26/16. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  2. Invitation from GDA to submit a full project proposal application package (will be emailed by GDA no later than 3/4/16)

2016 SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK PROGRAM GRANT AND GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE REQUIREMENTS: (1)  must use new application format (2016 SCBGP Concept Proposal); (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) applicants cannot use grant funds for coupons/incentives/tokens/contests; (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. 

 

2015 Grant Application and Authorization Form (NOTE: This is the 2015 document and is posted for reference only. The 2016 applications will be sent to/accepted ONLY from those who have approved Concept Proposals AND have been invited to apply)

IMPORTANT links for those who have been invited to apply:

NEW for 2016: Evaluation Plan/Performance Measures for ALL Specialty Crop Projects (Required for all applicants)

Appendix A - Unallowable and Allowable Costs (Required reading for all applicants)

Appendix B - Logic Model (Use this as a guide. It is not needed as part of your application)

Appendix C - Budget Templates (Required as part of your application)

Appendix D - List of Eligible Specialty Crops (Required reading for all applicants)

USDA/AMS-SCBG Website (All applicants should review this info from USDA)

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Specialty Crop Grantee Manuals, etc.:

2016-2019 GDA/SCBG Sub-Grantee Procedures Manual (Includes Subgrantee Performance Report Due Dates)

2015-2018 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)

Form: SCBGP Drawdown/Reimbursement Request

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OTHER GRANTS/PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY THE GEORGIA DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE:

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

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