HelpHelp BackBack 
 
 
 
  Funding Opportunity Details
 124873-AGR Montana 2023 Specialty Crop Grant Funding Notice
 
  AGR Specialty Crop Block Grant
  Application Deadline: 03/17/2023 5:00 PM
 
 
Award Amount Range: Not Applicable
Project Start Date: 09/30/2023
Project End Date: 09/29/2026
Award Announcement Date: 05/05/2023
Program Officer: Caitlin Hortert
Phone: 406-444-3407 x
Email: c.hortert@mt.gov
 
Categorical Area(s) To be Addressed by Program  Agriculture 
This Opportunity is recurring  No 
 
 
Description
 
 

Through the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program, Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) seeks to enhance the marketability and competitiveness of Montana specialty crops. Grants are available to State and/or local organizations, government entities, producer associations, academia, community based organizations, and other specialty crop stakeholders are eligible to apply either as single entities or in combined efforts.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, peas, lentils, horticulture, and nursery crops. A list of eligible crops is available online.

No announcement has been made regarding the amount funding available for this competition however, MDA anticipates funding at an amount similar to last year’s allocation of $3,069,998.93. Proposals must request a minimum of $10,000; there is no maximum.

Proposed projects should start no earlier than September 30, 2023 and end no later than September 29, 2026.

Applicants are encouraged to develop projects in the following issue areas affecting the specialty crop industry: 

  • enhancing food safety;
  • improving the capacity of all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act, for example, by developing “Good Agricultural Practices,” “Good Handling Practices,” “Good Manufacturing Practices,” and in cost-share arrangements for funding audits of such systems for small farmers, packers and processors; 
  • investing in specialty crop research, including research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes; 
  • developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops; 
  • pest and disease control; 
  • increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops; 
  • improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems and; 
  • sustainability.

Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will not award grant funds for projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual. In addition, recipients and subrecipients cannot use grant funds to compete unfairly with private companies that provide equivalent products or services.

Submission Deadline: March 17, 2023 by 5:00pm- in order to allow time to respond to any technical issues that may arise, it is recommended that to submit applications prior to the deadline.

To apply:

• Read the Grant Proposal Manual

 If you have any questions, call (406) 444-3407 or email scbg@mt.gov.

• Register Online for the Webgrants system. Before you will be able to submit an application, make sure that you have registered and received a username and password at www.fundingmt.gov. 

• Once you have registered online, you will start an application for the AGR Montana 2023 Specialty Crop Block Grant

Application materials:

1) Applicant Self-Assessment
2) Application Narrative
3) Budget Narrative 

• Once your application materials are complete, upload and submit online

Technical Assistance

Topic: Specialty Crop Technical Assistance
Time: Feb 22, 2023 01:00 PM
 Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/85268198175?pwd=ZWJxR045VUxpMS9sa1VxZXdZa3lPZz09

Meeting ID: 852 6819 8175

Password: 808734

Dial by Telephone

+1 646 558 8656

Meeting ID: 852 6819 8175

Password: 808734

Find your local number: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/u/kvpcMdGBH

Topic: Specialty Crop Technical Assistance #2
Time: March 8, 2023 10:00 AM
 Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/87922225351?pwd=M3ptV2VWMld5YmYwbGgzYmcwdkRydz09

Meeting ID: 879 2222 5351

Password: 003811

Dial by Telephone

+1 646 558 8656

Meeting ID: 879 2222 5351

Password: 003811

Find your local number: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/u/kbuQ0ssbsi

 
 
 
 Attachments
 
 Click on the File Name to open attachment
 
Description File Name File Size
2023 Self assessment document 2023 Applicant Self Assessment.docx 20 KB
2023 Application Narrative 2023 Application Narrative.docx 41 KB
2023 Budget Narrative 2023 Budget Narrative.docx 28 KB
2023 Grant Proposal Manual 2023 RFP SCBG Final 1.20.23.pdf 626 KB
 
 
 Website Links
 
 Click on the URL to go to website
 
Description
https://agr.mt.gov/SpecialtyCropBlockGrants Montana department of Agriculture SCBG program webpage
https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/specialty-crop Eligible specialty crops
https://agr.mt.gov/Topics/Q-Z/SCBG-Pages/SCBG-Eligibility SCBG project eligibility
https://agr.mt.gov/Topics/Q-Z/SCBG-Pages/SCBG-Grant-Management Grant management manual
 
 
 
 
   
                          Contact Us
                 Privacy and Security
                   Accessibility Policy
Dulles Technology Partners Inc.
© 2001-2017 Dulles Technology Partners Inc.
WebGrants 3.1 - All Rights Reserved.