Georgia Department of Agriculture

Grants

Jeanne Maxwell, Esq.
Director of Grants Development & Compliance
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW
Room 216
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Phone: (404) 657-1584
Email: Jeanne.Maxwell@agr.georgia.gov

The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) administers numerous federal grants and cooperative agreements through its various departmental divisions. There are also numerous federal/state grants and loans available (not administered by GDA) that applicants can independently apply for. The list below is not all-inclusive, but is a good starting point for agricultural-related grant/loan research. Please click on the desired link for more information.

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NEW:  2014 NATIONAL ORGANIC CERTIFICATION COST SHARE PROGRAM:  Georgia, through the Georgia Department of Agriculture, has been awarded federal funding to reimburse up to 75 percent of organic certification costs, with four categories available (crops, wild crops, livestock, and handler--up to a maximum reimbursement of $3,000).  An applicant's certification process must have occurred between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014; applications will be accepted through December 2014.  Please click on the link below for more information.

 

THE USDA/AMS SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT INFORMATION:

THE 2014 USDA/AMS SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT RECIPIENTS WERE HONORED AT AN AWARD CEREMONY HELD OCTOBER 2, 2014, AT THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IN ATLANTA.  There were representatives from 19 of the 22 awarded projects in attendance.  Commissioner Gary Black recognized each awardee, executed their contracts, and had photographs taken.  CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

 

THE 2015 USDA/AMS SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) WILL BE RELEASED IN LATE FEBRUARY 2015.

NEW FOR THE 2014 SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT REQUIREMENTS: (1) updated application form; (2) INDIRECT COSTS ARE NOW CAPPED AT 8 PERCENT; (3) cannot use grant funds for advertising and public relations costs used to promote the image of a general logo, or general brand, rather than specialty crops; (4) cannot use grant funds for XYZ Grown (must be impacting only specialty crops); (5) cannot use grant funds for coupons/incentives/tokens; (6) cannot use grant funds for costs associated with the use of trade shows, meeting rooms, displays, demonstrations, exhibits, and rental space that do not solely promote specialty crops; and (7) aquaponics is allowable as long as the crops that are being grown are specialty crops and the focus of the project is on the specialty crops and not the fish.

2014 General Award Terms and Conditions

Appendix B - Unallowable and Allowable Costs

Appendix C - List of Selected Items of Cost

Appendix G - List of Eligible Specialty Crops

USDA/AMS-SCBG Website

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2011-14 GDA/SCBG Sub-Grantee Procedures Manual (Includes Subgrantee Performance Report Due Dates)

2012-15 GDA/SCBG Sub-Grantee Procedures Manual (Includes Subgrantee Performance Report Due Dates)

2013-16 GDA/SCBG Sub-Grantee Procedures Manual (Includes Subgrantee Performance Report Due Dates)

2014-2017 GDA/SCBG Sub-Grantee Procedures Manual (Includes Subgrantee Performance Report Due Dates)

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MISCELLANEOUS GRANT RESEARCH SOURCES:

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE:
Agricultural Marketing Service

Farm Service Agency

  • Farm loan assistance; Commodity Credit Corporation; community loans; conservation programs; disaster assistance

Foreign Agricultural Service/Market Development

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

USDA-NIFA Family & Small Farms

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Rural Development

  • Rural Funding Sources
  • Value-Added Producer Grants

USDA Rural Development State Offices

RURAL INFORMATION CENTER - NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL LIBRARY: www.start2farm.gov/

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES:


U.S. Food and Drug Administration Grant Opportunities

U.S. Small Business Administration

USDA SERVICE CENTERS LOCATED IN GEORGIA - Each Center has representatives from the Farm Service Agency; Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Rural Development Agency to answer your questions: offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app

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