National Organic Certification Cost Share Program

The summary for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data FederalGrants.com provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Agricultural Marketing Service, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
National Organic Certification Cost Share Program: The National Organic Certification Cost Share program (NOCCSP) is authorized under section 10606(d)(1) of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 7901 note), as amended by section 10004(c) of the Agriculture Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill; Pub. L. 113–79). Under this authority, Congress authorizes the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide organic certification cost share assistance to organic operations (producers and handlers) located within the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. Territories including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (subsequently, referred to as states or state agencies). The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administers the NOCCSP using relevant sections of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 and the Uniform Grant Guidance, 2 CFR 200. AMS awards NOCCSP funds to eligible state agencies, which operate as a pass-through system, by accepting and approving their applications so that they can issue reimbursements to organic operations for specific organic certification costs. In federal fiscal year 2015, the available funding for the NOCCSP is approximately $10.3M.

This is the initial request for applications from state agencies, in accordance with the issuance of the AMS “Organic Certification Cost Share Program Fiscal Year 2015 Terms and Conditions” which outlines the eligibility and performance criteria for state agencies seeking NOCCSP funds. The AMS may issue multi-year grant agreements to allocate funds to eligible state agencies, using performance and past expenditures as the primary factor to determine, if any, additional funds should be allocated after the initial request. Certified organic operations may request reimbursement for specific certification costs incurred from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. The state agencies may provide reimbursements to certified organic operators for up to 75% of the operation’s total allowable certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 per certification scope: crops, livestock, wild crops, and for handling (i.e. processing). To receive cost share assistance, certified organic producers and handlers must contact their respective State Department of Agriculture. Additional procedures on the NOCCSP and how state agencies can apply are outlined in the AMS “Organic Certification Cost Share Program Fiscal Year 2015 Terms and Conditions” document at http://bit.ly/CostShareGen
Federal Grant Title: National Organic Certification Cost Share Program
Federal Agency Name: Agricultural Marketing Service
Grant Categories: Agriculture
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: AMS-NOCCSP-2015
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 10.171
CFDA Descriptions: Organic Certification Cost Share Programs
Current Application Deadline: Apr 6, 2015
Original Application Deadline: Apr 6, 2015
Posted Date: Mar 3, 2015
Creation Date: Mar 3, 2015
Archive Date: May 6, 2015
Total Program Funding: $10,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $3,000,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $5,000
Expected Number of Awards: 56
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
State governments
Additional Information on Eligibility
To participate in the NOCCSP, interested States, through their Departments of Agriculture, must complete an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424) and enter into an agreement with USDA AMS.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Information not provided
Grant Announcement Contact
Kristen Nelson Chief of Staff Phone 202-690-3962
agency

Agricultural Marketing Service 202-720-5024
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