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  Funding Opportunity Details
 85261-AGR Food and Agriculture Development Center June 2019
  AGR FADC Food and Ag Development Center Program
  Application Deadline: 06/12/2019 2:00 PM
Award Amount Range: Not Applicable
Project Start Date: 07/01/2019
Project End Date: 06/30/2021
Award Announcement Date:
Program Officer: Angie Nelson
Phone: 406-444-0134 x
This Opportunity is recurring   
Categorical Area(s) To be Addressed by Program  Agriculture, Economic Development 

Food and Agriculture Development Program – Funding Opportunity

DEADLINE - June 12, 2019 - 2pm

The Agriculture Development Council (Council) has been charged by the 2019 Legislature to administer a program entitled the Montana food and agriculture development program as established in MCA 80-11-901. 

80-11-901.  Montana food and agricultural development program -- definition. (1) There is a program administered by the agriculture development council provided for in Title 90, chapter 9, to promote Montana food and agricultural development. The program must provide grant funding for Montana food and agricultural development centers that are charged with:

     (a)  developing Montana's capacity to produce food and value-added agricultural products, including farm-derived renewable energy, commodity processing infrastructure, and emerging technologies intended to diversify, add value, or enhance economic growth opportunities for Montana's agricultural economy; and

     (b)  providing technical assistance and other services to community-based food, agriculture, technology and farm-derived renewable energy entrepreneurs.

     (2)  Technical assistance includes but is not limited to business assistance, product development, marketing, nutritional analysis and labeling, education, assistance with food safety regulation compliance, training to educate business professionals and entrepreneurs on industry dynamics and technology of specific bioproduct industries and evaluating existing and developing technologies.

     (3)  Each center must be a nonprofit organization and shall coordinate with other state-funded programs in order to not duplicate state assistance.

     (4)  As used in this section, "farm-derived renewable energy" means renewable energy produced from products developed by farmers and ranchers, as well as entrepreneurs, using Montana farm and ranch products.



The purpose of the Montana Food and Agriculture Development Center Network is to provide state-wide assistance to support development of the infrastructure needed to increase the capacity of Montana’s farmers, ranchers and other agricultural entrepreneurs to serve both in- and out-of-state markets for food, farm-based renewable energy and other value-added agricultural products.

The objective of the program is to provide specialized technical assistance to Montana’s farmers, ranchers and value-added food, farm-derived renewable energy and other businesses that add value to agricultural products and resources.



Eligible entities must be registered as a non-profit organization and have documentation on file with the Montana Secretary of State’s office.



  • Eligible activities are listed in MCA 80-11-901 as listed above.
  • Activities must develop Montana’s food processing infrastructure, emerging technologies and enhance opportunities to expand Montana’s agricultural economy. 
  • Eligible activities also include technical assistance to  existing and start-up Montana businesses and entrepreneurs pursuing opportunities in value-added agriculture, commodity processing infrastructure, food manufacturing, including the incorporation of emerging technologies and farm-derived renewable energy.


 Activities include but are not limited to:

□       business assistance,

□       product development,

□       marketing,

□       nutritional analysis and labeling,

□       education,

□       assistance with food safety regulation compliance,

□       training

□       educating business professionals and entrepreneurs on industry dynamics and technology of specific bioproduct industries, and

□       evaluating existing and developing technologies.


It is not expected that each applicant will have capacity in all these areas; however, the Council will evaluate all applications and how the combination of providers would provide funding to centers that would include all these services.



Services will be performed from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021.


Critical Dates




May 13, 2019


Post Funding Opportunity

May 29, 2019

10:00 am

Open Question and Answer

Conference Call

Join by phone (406) 444-4647

ID: 574988# 

If asked for a pin number, don't enter, just wait on the line. 

June 12, 2019

2:00 pm

Application Deadline

June 13-17, 2019


Application Eligibility Review


July 2, 2019


Agriculture Council Review Meeting

MT Dept. of Ag - Helena

July 15, 2019


Expected announcement of selected applications

 By Mail & Email


*All times in Mountain Standard Time

APPLICATION PROCESS – Applicants shall provide the following items in the online application provided on

 1. Need for Services – describe the need for services.  This may include growth areas of food and agriculture development, specific areas of agriculture and/or food production, geographic areas/region(s) of the state or populations.Include data and/or estimates that describe the extent of the issue, problem, or need.

2. Methods - describe the methods to be used to implement the services the applicant intends to provide. Applicant will detail how the work will be accomplished to meet the objectives of the program.  Address each of the following requirements that the organization plans to provide as defined in the funding opportunity:

  • Business assistance
  • Product development
  • Marketing
  • Nutritional analysis and labeling
  • Education
  • Assistance with regulatory compliance
  • Training
  • Identify growth opportunities
  • Evaluation of existing technologies and developing technologies, and/or
  • Other services that develop Montana’s capacity to produce food and value-added agricultural products.

*Please note that it is not expected that each applicant would provide all of these services.  Please just describe the ones you plan to provide.

3. Outreach Plan – describe how you will provide services to targeted regions of the state, along with strategies for outreach. Include the area of service to be provided and the type and scope of services.  Here are some examples that you might consider discussing:

  • the geographic region the applicant is located
  • statewide services
  • underserved areas in Montana
  • underserved people in Montana agriculture/food production
  • tribal reservations
  • established agriculture industries
  • emerging agriculture industries

 4. Work Plan / Timelines –provide a work plan with 3 main objectives and timelines for the activities described above.

 5. Outcomes / Measurement – What are the benefits that are intended to be achieved as a result of engaging in the proposed activities in the work plan. Include the number of affected food producers, processors, or consumers.

  • How will you demonstrate and track results?


6. Capacity and Expertise – Demonstrate your organization’s capacity and expertise to successfully perform the work proposed and achieve the outcomes described.

  • Who will be the person(s) responsible for completing the proposed work, including collaborative arrangements or subcontractors. 
  • Expertise and Partners

     - List key staff, including personnel and external project partners and collaborators that comprise the Project Team, their roles, and their relevant experience and past successes in developing and operating projects similar to this project.

     - Provide letters of commitment from partner, subcontractor and collaborator organizations to support the information.

     - Will you be hiring staff to perform work? Include a copy of job requirements that will be advertised.

  • Past Clients and successful projects  

     Briefly list and describe at least 3 prior projects and/or food and ag clients.

     Include letters of support from clients and/or final deliverables from prior projects completed.

  • Financial Statements

     Provide organizational financial statements for the last year audited and unaudited statements for current year.

 7.      Budget

  • Provide a budget of funding requested to provide the proposed services.
  • If you have additional outside funding to assist in providing these services, include a description and breakdown in the attachments section.
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Frequently Asked Questions - FADC Program Funding Opportunity 2019 FAQs Food and Agriculture Development.pdf 132 KB
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