Technical Assistance to Cooperatives

To develop and administer research, technical assistance, statistical, and educational programs on finances, organization, management, legal, social, and economic aspects of rural cooperatives, focusing on farmer cooperatives.

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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.


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Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Services include facilitating strategic planning, board of director training, member surveys, and feasibility analysis.

Services are limited to rural residents, including groups interested in forming cooperatives as well as established cooperatives.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Farmer and rural cooperatives and rural residents in all U.S.

States and Territories.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Ultimate beneficiaries must be located in rural areas.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

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.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Requests for technical assistance for an established cooperative should come from the cooperative?s board of directors. Requests for assistance with forming a cooperative should be from a steering committee on behalf of the interested group. All requests must be in writing and submitted to the National Office.

Award Procedures

Requests are considered on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to available staff resources.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Cooperative Marketing Act of 1926.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Requests are typically approved/disapproved within 30-60 days.

Appeals

N/A.

Renewals

N/A.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is available year-round. Assistance is typically provided for specific activities that will take less than a year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No funds are disbursed to recipients. Assistance is provided directly by Agency staff.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Not Applicable.

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. No additional audit procedures are required for this program.

Records

No record retention is required.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1900-0-1-452.

Obigations

(Advisory Services on Compliance) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - No funds are available for obligation. Agency staff time is the only available resource for this program.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

N/A.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

USDA, Rural Business-Cooperative Services, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Mail Stop 3201, Room 5803-South , Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: cpgrants@wdc.usda.gov Phone: 202-690-1374

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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