United States Department of Agriculture Announces Opportunity for Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grants

United States Department of Agriculture Announces Opportunity for Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grants

What: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an organization that works hard at efficiently providing integrated program deliveries required to lead a rapidly evolving agriculture and food system. USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.

USDA announced the opportunity to apply for their Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grants (SSDPG), formerly known as the Small, Minority Producer Grant Program. The objective of the SSDPG program is to provide technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers through eligible cooperatives and associations of cooperatives. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, and they are expected to hand out seventeen awards. The maximum award amount per grant is $200,000.

Who: Eligible Candidates must apply by:

Paper copies must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight no later than July 27, 2010, to be eligible for FY 2010 grant funding. Electronic copies must be received by July 27, 2010, to be eligible for FY 2010 grant funding.

Late applications are not eligible for FY 2010 grant funding.

http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=54146

http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/ssdpg/ssdpg.htm

* $200K maximum grant

* Eligible applicants are minority cooperatives or minority associations of cooperatives. Individuals are not eligible for this program.

* Purpose is to provide assistance to small, socially disadvantaged producers and whose governing board and/or membership is comprised of at least 75 percent small, socially disadvantaged producers.

* Small, Socially-Disadvantaged Producer-Socially-disadvantaged persons or at least 75 percent socially disadvantaged producer-owned entities including farmers, ranchers, loggers,
Agricultural harvesters, and fishermen, that have averaged $250,000 or less in annual gross sales of agricultural products in the last 3 years.

* Socially-Disadvantaged Producer- Individual agricultural producer who is a member of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice, without regard for their individual qualities.

* Technical Assistance-An advisory service performed for the benefit of a small, socially-disadvantaged producer such as market research; product and/or service improvement; legal advice and assistance; feasibility study, business plan, and marketing plan development; and training. Technical assistance does not include the operating costs of a cooperative being assisted.

Where: United States

More Information: For more information or questions contact the Rural Development State Office for your state early in the application process with any questions or ideas concerning your application.