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 USDA/AMS SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM - REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS/APPLICATIONS

We are pleased to announce the competitive solicitation process to award the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant.  The SCBG Program funds projects that, "enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops."  For-profit entities and  individuals are not eligible to apply.  Grant proposals/applications must be received by the Georgia Department of Agriculture by Friday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. via email (in Word format).  No late proposals will be accepted.  Please refer to the links below for the grant application format, guidelines, and additional information.

Official Announcement for RFPs and Due Dates

2014 Updated Application Format and Information

NEW FOR 2014:  (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

Application Format and Information - this application format has been replaced with the 2014 Updated Application and Information above

Appendix A - Examples of Proposals

Appendix B - Unallowable and Allowable Costs

Appendix C - List of Selected Items of Cost

Appendix D - Budget Narrative Format

Appendix E - Budget Template

Appendix F - Output vs. Outcome - Logic Model

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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NEW:  USDA-NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE IN GEORGIA (NRCS) IS REQUESTING APPLICATIONS FOR CONSERVATION INNOVATION GRANTS to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.  The four areas of interest are:  (1) Energy; (2) Adaptation to Drought; (3) Specialty Crop; and (4) Soil Health.  Eligible applicants include government, non-government organizations, and individuals.  Projects can be one to three years in duration.  Grant proposals submitted by individuals cannot exceed $75,000 in funding.  Applications are due by May 9, 2014 at 4 p.m. EST.  Please contact Dale Bogardus at 706-546-2059; dale.bogardus@ga.usda.gov for more information.  You may also click on the link toward the bottom of this webpage, "Natural Resources Conservation Service" to access their webpage.

 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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