Specialty Crop Block Grant Program - Farm Bill

To solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).



Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP) - To solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding

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collaborative, multi-state projects on a competitive basis that address the following regional or national level specialty crop issues: food safety, plant pests and disease, research, crop-specific projects addressing common issues, and marketing.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Competitive Grants: FY 16 - $3,000,000 Formula Grants: FY 16 - $72,500,000.

Fiscal Year 2017: Competitive Grants: FY 17 - $4,000,000; FY 18 - $5,000,000. Formula Grants FY-17est $72,500,000; FY18 est $85,000,000.

Fiscal Year 2018: Competitive Grants: FY 18 - $5,000,000. Formula Grants FY18 est $85,000,000.


Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Food & Agriculture, California Department Of $ 885,801   2020-05-012023-04-30
Food & Agriculture, California Department Of $ 962,804   2020-05-012023-04-30
Food & Agriculture, California Department Of $ 999,985   2020-05-012023-04-30
Agriculture And Consumer Services, Virginia Department Of $ 541,468   2019-09-302022-09-30
Food & Agriculture, California Department Of $ 0   2019-09-302022-09-29
Agriculture, Oregon Department Of $ 0   2019-09-302022-09-29
Agriculture And Land Stewardship, Iowa Department Of $ 0   2019-09-302022-09-29
Department Of Agriculture Missouri $ 0   2019-09-302022-09-29
Environmental Management, Rhode Island Dept Of $ 0   2019-09-302022-09-29
Agriculture And Consumer Services, Florida Department Of $ 0   2019-09-302022-09-29



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects must solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.

Projects must solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The State department of agriculture, agency, commission, or department of a State government responsible for agriculture within any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible to receive grants under this program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Producers, processors, growers, state agencies, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers, and general public.

Credentials/Documentation

A grant agreement is entered into between the Agricultural Marketing Service and the State department of agriculture that submits the application. OMB Guidance for Grants Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 CFR part 200 and 2 CFR 400 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Guidance for Grants Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 CFR part 200 and 2 CFR 400 applies to this program. The State department of agriculture submits SF-424 and SF-424B, and a State plan identifying the lead agency charged with the responsibility of carrying out the plan and indicating how the grant funds will be utilized solely to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. In developing their plans, States are encouraged to take into consideration the views of beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers, and take steps to perform outreach to these groups. The States should develop a transparent process of receiving and considering public comment. State departments of agriculture are encouraged to develop their State plans through a competitive process in order to ensure maximum public input and benefit. States are encouraged to submit grant plans that include multi-State and regional project proposals. For the SCMP the State department of agriculture must submit forms SF-424 and SF-424B, a narrative description of the proposal, a supplemental budget, budget narrative, personnel qualifications, letters of support from beneficiaries and other requirements outlined in the Request for Applications

Award Procedures

SCBGP applications are reviewed by the Agricultural Marketing Service. SCMP applications are evaluated in competition with other applications by outside review panels that score and rank proposals against criteria set by the Agricultural Marketing Service. Recipients are notified of the amount awarded by a notice of award and the terms and conditions of award by email. Grant payments are made by electronic funds transfer.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Section 101 of the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 (7 U.S.C. 1621 note) and amended under section 10010 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, Public Law 113-79 (the Farm Bill). , Public Law 113-79.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

A State department of agriculture eligible applicant should contact the headquarters office for application deadlines. Other applicants should contact their local State department of agriculture office. State contacts can be found at www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp. Annual application deadlines for State departments of agriculture are posted in Grants.gov and on the program website at www.ams.usda.gov/scbgp. Funds are awarded by September 30 of each federal fiscal year. SCMP application deadlines for State departments of agriculture are posted on Grants.gov and on the program website at www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scmp.

Appeals

No formal appeal procedure.

Renewals

Awards are for 3 calendar years. Additional time to complete the project may be requested.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Each eligible State department of agriculture that submits an application that the SCBGP reviews and accepts is eligible to receive an amount that is at least equal to the higher of $100,000 or 1/3 of 1% of the total amount of funding made available each fiscal year. The remainder of funding is allocated based on the average of the most recent available value of State specialty crop production and each State?s specialty crop acreage as demonstrated in the most recent Census of Agriculture data. Eligible State department of agriculture applicants who do not apply for or do not request all available funding during the specified grant application period will forfeit all or that portion of available funding not requested. SCBGP will allocate funds not applied for, by a date as determined by SCBGP, pro rata to the remaining State department of agriculture applicants who applied during the specified grant application period. The SCMP does not authorize formula grants. The SCBGP and SCMP do not have matching requirements. The SCBGP and SCMP do not have MOE requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are advanced or reimbursed. Applicants have up to 3 calendar years to use the funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp and www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scmp for grant agreement award terms and conditions to obtain information on how assistance is awarded/released.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual performance reports are required.

A final financial report are required within 90 days after the expiration date of the grant period.

The State departments of agriculture are required to monitor their sub-awardees' projects.

No cash reports are required.

Annual performance reports are required.

A final financial report are required within 90 days after the expiration date of the grant period.

The State departments of agriculture are required to monitor their sub-awardees' projects.

Annual financial reports are required.

A final financial report are required within 90 days after the expiration date of the grant period.

The State departments of agriculture are required to monitor their sub-awardees' projects.

See www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp for the evaluation plan (performance measure) to obtain detailed information.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. For each year that a State receives a grant under this section, the State shall conduct an audit of the expenditures of grant funds by the State in accordance with 2 CFR part 200, Subpart F- Audit Requirements. Not later than 30 days after the completion of the audit, the State shall submit a copy of the audit to the SCBGP or SCMP, as appropriate.

Records

Recipients must retain financial and other records relating to grant for a period of three years after the final Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is received by the Agricultural Marketing Service or until final resolution of any audit findings or litigation claims relating to this program.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-2501-0-1-352.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $72,500,000; FY 17 est $72,500,000; and FY 18 est $85,000,000 - SCBG Only. (Project Grants) FY 16 $3,000,000; FY 17 est $4,000,000; and FY 18 est $5,000,000 - SCMS Only.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

As provided for in the applicable request for applications.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

A request for applications (RFA) is announced each fiscal year via www.grants.gov, in accordance with 200.203. Additional information about the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is available at www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp. Additional information about the Specialty Crop Multi-State Program is available at www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scmp .

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Borgmeier 1400 Independence Ave. SW Rm. 4534, Stop 0269 , Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: carlym.borgmeier@ams.usda.gov Phone: 202-260-8702

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The authorizing legislation for the SCBGP places the responsibility and authority for selecting projects for grants with State officials. U.S. Department of Agriculture authority is limited to ensuring projects selected enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. The responsibility and authority for submitting SCMP proposals to AMS headquarters rests with State officials. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is responsible for convening outside review panels to evaluate, score and rank submitted proposals on criteria outlined in the Request for Applications including the how well the proposal meets program objectives, the quality of proposal, and the impact on project beneficiaries.



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