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Georgia Department of Agriculture

2011 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program - Farm Bill

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Notice of Funds Availability – FY 2011
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 2011 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). The program funds projects that 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 specific listing of all eligible crops at www.ams.usda.gov.

GDA expects the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will make up to $55 million available, with Georgia’s share being approximately $1.128 million. Grant amounts will be awarded from $10,000 to approximately $150,000 per project. Grants will be awarded for up to three years. 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.

GDA is seeking applications from organizations that seek to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Georgia including: non-profit organizations and corporations, commodity associations, state and local government entities, colleges and universities. Applicants must reside or their business or educational affiliation must be in Georgia.

USDA-AMS rules state: 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. Single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.

Grant applications must be submitted to GDA by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011. Please refer to the links below for the grant application, guidelines, and additional information.

Once all applications are submitted to GDA, each one will be carefully reviewed and evaluated. Compliance and/or non-compliance of previous sub-grantees fulfilling their annual and final reporting requirements of their past grant award agreements is a new GDA evaluation criterion. All GDA-approved projects will then be developed into one grant submission to the USDA. Upon approval from USDA, GDA will notify applicants (sub-grantees) of their status. No final awards to any sub-grantee will be made until a final grant award is made to GDA (grantor) by USDA. Final approval is expected in mid-September 2011, but is subject to change.

For questions or additional information contact:

Jeanne Maxwell
Georgia Department of Agriculture
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program-Farm Bill
19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SW
Room 247
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
404-657-1584
Or email: Jeanne.Maxwell@agr.georgia.gov

Timeline: 2011 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

March
May 5 May-July
July 13 Mid-September October
Announce grant opportunity; request for proposals Application proposal submission deadline (must be received by 5 p.m.) GDA evaluation of proposals Submit State Plan to the USDA Send out award letters to sub-grantees; send out grant agreements to sub-grantees; announce grant awards through press release Projects will officially start on October 1, 2011

 

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