Organic Certification Cost Share Programs

Active
Yes
Status
Posted
Published Date
May 13th, 2024
Close Date
July 12th, 2024
Total Funding
$5,700,000.00
Award Ceiling
$2,030,300.00
Award Floor
$3,000.00
Expected No. Awards
30
Opportunity No.
USDA-FSA-SND-NOCCSP-24-NOFO0001411

Agency

Farm Service Agency (USDA-FSA)

Eligible Applicants

State Governments

Funding Category

Agriculture

Funding Instrument

Grant

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The Farm Service Agency is offering the Organic Certification Cost Share Programs grant opportunity. This grant aims to defray the costs of receiving and maintaining organic certification. The available funding for this program is approximately $9.5 million for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) and $943,000 for the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost Share Program. State Governments are eligible to apply for this grant. The grant will reimburse organic operations for specific organic certification costs incurred between October 1, 2023, and September 30, 2024. The State Agencies may provide reimbursements of up to 75% of the operation's total allowable certification costs, with a maximum reimbursement of $750 per certification scope. The deadline for applications is July 12, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information, please refer to the related documents tab.

Description

Dates: Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 12, 2024, through Grants.gov. Applications received after this date may be considered if funds are available.Executive Summary: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency (FSA), requests applications for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) and the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost Share Program, collectively referred to as the OCCSP, for fiscal year (FY) 2024. The purpose of the OCCSP awards is to defray the costs of receiving and maintaining organic certification.In FY 2024, the available funding for these two programs is approximately $9.5 million for the NOCCSP and $943,000 for the AMA. FSA awards the OCCSP funds to eligible State Agencies* that serve as administering entities, to reimburse organic operations for specific organic certification costs. This is the initial request for applications, which outlines the eligibility and performance criteria for State Agencies seeking NOCCSP and AMA funding in FY 2024. For eligible certification costs incurred from October 1, 2023, through September 30, 2024, organic operations may request reimbursement until October 31, 2024, unless the State Agency requests and receives approval for a different application deadline. The State Agencies may provide reimbursements to certified organic operators for 75% of the operation’s total allowable certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 per certification scope: crops, livestock, wild crops, handling (i.e., processing), and State Organic Program fees. * The use of “State Agencies” throughout this document refers to the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and 5 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.

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Title
Type
Grant