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 78444-AGR Montana 2019 Specialty Crop Grant Funding Notice
 
  AGR Specialty Crop Block Grant
  Application Deadline: 02/06/2019 11:59 PM
 
 
Award Amount Range: Not Applicable
Project Start Date: 09/30/2019
Project End Date: 09/29/2022
Award Announcement Date:
Program Officer: Jim Auer
Phone: 406-444-5424 x
Email: jauer@mt.gov
 
This Opportunity is recurring   
Categorical Area(s) To be Addressed by Program  Agriculture, Community Development, Economic Development, Education , Health, Research, Natural Resources, Recycling & Reuse, Rural Issues, Water Supply/Quality, Youth 
 
 
Description
 
 

Through the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program, Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) seeks to enhance the marketability and competitiveness of Montana specialty crops. Grants are available to State and/or local organizations, government entities, producer associations, academia, community based organizations, and other specialty crop stakeholders are eligible to apply either as single entities or in combined efforts.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, peas, lentils, horticulture, and nursery crops. A list of eligible crops is available online.

No announcement has been made regarding the amount funding available for this competition however, MDA anticipates funding at an amount similar to last year’s allocation of $1,582,408.13. Proposals must request a minimum of $15,000; there is no maximum.

Proposed projects should start no earlier than September 30, 2019 and end no later than September 29, 2022.

Applicants are encouraged to develop projects in the following issue areas affecting the specialty crop industry: 

  • enhancing food safety;
  • improving the capacity of all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act, for example, by developing “Good Agricultural Practices,” “Good Handling Practices,” “Good Manufacturing Practices,” and in cost-share arrangements for funding audits of such systems for small farmers, packers and processors; 
  • investing in specialty crop research, including research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes; 
  • developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops; 
  • pest and disease control; 
  • increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops; 
  • improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems and; 
  • sustainability.

Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will not award grant funds for projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual. In addition, recipients and subrecipients cannot use grant funds to compete unfairly with private companies that provide equivalent products or services.

Submission Deadline: February 6, 2019 by 11:59pm- in order to allow time to respond to any technical issues that may arise, it is recommended that to submit applications prior to the deadline.

To apply:

• Read the Grant Proposal Manual 

 If you have any questions, call (406) 444-5424 or email scbg@mt.gov.

• Register Online for the Webgrants system. Before you will be able to submit an application, make sure that you have registered and received a username and password at www.fundingmt.org

• Once you have registered online, you will start an application for the AGR Montana 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant

Application materials:

1) Applicant Self-Assessment
2) Application Narrative
3) Budget Narrative

• Once your application materials are complete, upload and submit online

Other Materials

 

Technical Assistance

SCBG Question and Answer One

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM MST

Call: 406-444-4647

Access code: 7554538#

SCBG Question and Answer Two

Tuesday, February 4, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MST 

Call: 406-444-4647 

Access code: 4959083#

 
 
 
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https://agr.mt.gov/Portals/168/Documents/GrantsandLoans/SCBG/2019 SCBG Grant Proposal Manual.pdf?ver=2018-12-03-110550-290 Grant Proposal Manual
https://agr.mt.gov/Portals/168/Documents/GrantsandLoans/SCBG/2019 Applicant Self-Assessment of Internal Controls and Risks.docx?ver=2018-12-03-104901-253 Applicant Self-Assessment Form
https://agr.mt.gov/Portals/168/Documents/GrantsandLoans/SCBG/2019 Application Narrative.docx?ver=2018-12-03-104929-160 Application Narrative
https://agr.mt.gov/Portals/168/Documents/GrantsandLoans/SCBG/2019 Budget Narrative.xlsx?ver=2018-12-03-105012-053 Budget Narrative
https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/SCBGP%20FY15%20PerformanceFINAL_10272015.pdf Expected Measurable Outcomes
http://agr.mt.gov/Portals/168/Documents/GrantsandLoans/SCBG/Selected%20Cost%20Items.pdf?ver=2017-12-13-152528-660◊tamp=1513278443365 Notes on selected cost items
https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/awards Previously Funded Projects
http://agr.mt.gov/SpecialtyCropBlockGrants Montana Specialty Crop Block Grant webpage
http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/SCBGP USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Webpage
https://agr.mt.gov/Portals/168/Documents/GrantsandLoans/SCBG/Specialty%20Crop%20Block%20Grant%20FAQ.pdf?ver=2018-11-28-152948-960 Frequently Asked Questions
 
 
 
 
   
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