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 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 Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces the availability of $4.6 million in funds for allocation to State Department of Agriculture for providing cost share assistance to eligible organic producers or handlers certified to the National Organic Program (NOP). The NOP is authorized under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, as amended (7 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.). The funds announced under the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program are authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill). State Departments of Agriculture (Agencies, Commissions, or Departments of a State government) interested in obtaining program funds and located within the 50 States, U.S. Territories, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are invited to submit applications to AMS. Applications for federal assistance from States must be submitted to the National Organic Program by November 01, 2009. The program will provide cost-share assistance, through participating States, to organic producers and handlers receiving certification or continuation of certification by a USDA accredited certifying agent commencing October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2010. Cost-share assistance payments are limited to 75 percent of an individual producer's or handler's certification costs up to a maximum of $750.00 per year. Organic producers or handlers must contact their local State Department of Agriculture to apply for cost-share assistance. To receive cost-share assistance, organic producers and handlers must submit an application to the representative Agency of the State in which their farm/operation is located. This application must include: 1) proof of NOP certification issued or continued within the cost-share qualifying period, October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2010, and; 2) an itemized invoice demonstrating costs incurred for NOP certification.
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-TM-09-0056
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 10.163
CFDA Descriptions: Market Protection and Promotion
Current Application Deadline: Nov 01, 2009
Original Application Deadline: Nov 01, 2009
Posted Date: Oct 22, 2009
Creation Date: Oct 22, 2009
Archive Date: Dec 01, 2009
Total Program Funding: $4,600,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award:
Minimum Federal Grant Award:
Expected Number of Awards: 53
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
State governments
Additional Information on Eligibility
State Departments of Agriculture
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Information not provided
Grant Announcement Contact
Robert Pooler Ag Marketing Specialist Phone 202-720-3252

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