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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Grants to Rhode Island Associations, Organizations, Farmers,
and Residents to Market Eligible Agricultural Products

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) - Division of Agriculture

Deadline Date:

03/31/20 Postmarked

Description:

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Grants of up to $40,000 to Rhode Island associations, organizations, individual farmers, and residents for initiatives that advance the marketability of eligible agricultural products across the State. Funding is intended for a wide range of activities, including but not limited to, research, marketing, education, and product development. Specialty crops are defined by this federally supported program as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops including floriculture such as Christmas Trees, cut flowers, honey, hops, and turf grass production.

Examples of enhancing the market competitiveness of specialty crops include, but are not limited to: Research, promotion, marketing, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education, "buy local" programs, increased consumption, increased innovation, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems, environmental concerns and conservation, product development, and developing cooperatives.

Grant applications and projects must further the competitiveness of specialty crops only as broadly as possible in Rhode Island, and not just serve to enhance individual farm viability pursuant to USDA program guidelines.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179488

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$150,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards will be made in amounts of $10,000 to $40,000 for each project.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds will be awarded for projects of up to two years duration starting April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any Rhode Island agricultural or educational association or organization, individual farmer, or resident is eligible to apply.

Grant funds will not be awarded for Projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual. Single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.

No grant monies may be spent on construction projects.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications, accompanied by a W9 form, must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2020 and sent to DEM's Division of Agriculture.

All applicants must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number means the nine-digit number established and assigned by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) to uniquely identify business entities.

No direct match is required.

Fifty percent (50%) of approved grant awards may be provided at initiation of activities, with balance (50%) upon satisfactory completion of the grant project.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications should be sent to:
DEM's Division of Agriculture
235 Promenade Street, Room 370
Providence, RI 02908

Email applications, and direct questions to:
Peter Susi
Deputy Chief DEM/Division of Agriculture
(401) 222-2781 x 4517
peter.susi@dem.ri.gov

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