Acer Access Development Program

To support the efforts of such States, tribal governments, and research institutions to promote the domestic maple syrup industry through the following activities:
(1) Promotion of research and education related to maple syrup production.
(2) Promotion of natural resource sustainability in
the maple syrup industry.
(3) Market promotion for maple syrup and maple-sap products.
(4) Encouragement of owners and operators of privately held land containing species of trees in the genus Acer-
(A) to initiate or expand maple-sugaring activities on the land; or
(B) to voluntarily make the land available, including by lease or other means, for access by the public for maple-sugaring activities.
Related Programs10.156 Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program; 10.170 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program - Farm Bill

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Maine System $ 465,416   2019-09-302022-09-29
University Of Vermont & State Agricultural College $ 448,703   2018-09-302021-09-29
University Of Vermont & State Agricultural College $ 349,484   2017-09-302020-09-29
Agriculture, West Virginia Department Of $ 203,715   2017-09-302020-09-29
Iowa State University Of Science And Technology $ 346,800   2017-09-302020-09-29
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Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used to support one or more of the following project types as identified in the Request for Applications.

Funds must be used in accordance with the requirements of the Request for Applications and 2 CFR 200.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State agencies, tribal governments, and research institutions.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Producers, processors, marketing agencies, and general public.


A grant agreement is entered into between the administering Federal agency and the State entity 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

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


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. Applications must be submitted as outlined in the RFA. Applications must follow the instructions provided per Grants.Gov and in the Agency guide to submitting applications via

Award Procedures

Applications are subjected to a peer review by a panel of qualified persons who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, AMS will make grants to those responsible, eligible applicants whose applications are judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth in the RFA. Recipients are notified of the amount awarded and the terms and conditions of award by email.


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


Agricultural Act 2014, Public Law 113-79, 7 U.S.C 1632c.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Annual application deadlines are posted in and on the AMS website ( Funds are awarded by September 30 of each Federal fiscal year.


No formal appeal procedure.


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

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Payments are made on an as needed, reimbursable basis over the 3 year grant period. Advance payments may be requested. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded through a grant agreement. Grant payments are made by electronic fund transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Annual performance reports are required.

A final performance report is required within 90 days after the expiration date of the grant period.

The details of the reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions.

Annual financial reports (SF-425) are required.

A final SF-425 is required within 90 days after the expiration date of the grant period.

The details of the reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions.

AMS uses a variety of monitoring tools to ensure compliance with the legislated authority of the program and 2 CFR 200.


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.


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



(Project Grants) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 Estimate Not Available; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$100,000 to $500,000. Average $350,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

A request for proposals is announced each year via,, and the program web site. Additional information about the Acer Access and Development Program is available at the program web site at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

John Miklozek 1400 Independence Ave, SW Rm 4534, Mail Stop 0234, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Phone: 202-720-1403

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Request for Application (RFA).

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