Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas

To provide diverse technical information and educational resources about sustainable agriculture to farmers, information providers, agriculture-related businesses, and community food organizations across the U.S.

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
Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center, Inc. $ 470,800   2020-09-292022-09-29
Research Foundation For The State University Of New York, The $ 741,721   2020-09-282022-09-28
Franklin County Community Development Co $ 895,000   2020-09-282022-09-28
National Center For Appropriate Technology Inc, The $ 2,800,000   2020-05-202020-05-20
National Center For Appropriate Technology Inc, The $ 2,800,000   2019-05-152019-05-15
National Center For Appropriate Technology Inc, The $ 2,750,000   2018-06-122018-06-12
National Center For Appropriate Technology Inc, The $ 1,316,000   2017-09-282017-09-28
National Center For Appropriate Technology Inc, The $ 1,434,000   2017-04-252017-04-25
National Center For Appropriate Technology Inc, The $ 2,500,000   2016-05-242016-05-24
National Center For Appropriate Technology Inc, The $ 2,500,000   2015-05-192015-05-19

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used to provide information about sustainable agriculture.

Information may be provided through publications or direct technical assistance.

All available funds are discretionary funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants are not eligible if they have been debarred or suspended or otherwise excluded from participation in Federal assistance programs under Executive Order 12549, ?Debarment and Suspension.? Applicants are not eligible if they have an outstanding judgement obtained by the U.S.

in a Federal Court (other than U.S.

Tax Court), are delinquent on the payment of Federal income taxes, or are delinquent on a Federal debt.

Any corporation that has been convicted of a felony criminal violation under any Federal law within the past 24 months or that has any unpaid Federal tax liability that has been assessed, for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed, and that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax liability, is not eligible for funding.

Beneficiary Eligibility



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.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. N/A

Award Procedures

The proposed work plan/budget is reviewed for allowability and reasonableness of costs.


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


7 USC 1932(i).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Applications are typically approved/disapproved within 60-90 days of receipt.


Applicants may appeal adverse decisions in accordance with 7 CFR Part 11. The Agency provides instructions on how to appeal with each adverse decision.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. 0%. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are typically made during January each year. The Period of Performance is one year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed as often as monthly, as requested by the recipient using Form SF-270.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports must be submitted quarterly.

Expenditure reports must be submitted quarterly using Form SF-425.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


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.


Expenditure reports must be submitted quarterly using Form SF-425.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $2,500,000; FY 17 est $2,500,000; and FY 18 est $0 - President budget not approved as of today.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Average = 1,500,000 Range = 611,000 to 2,500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Rural Business-Cooperative Service 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Mail Stop 3253, Room 4208-South , Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Phone: 202-690-1374

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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