Agriculture Innovation Center Program GrantsFunder Name or Agency: USDA
Elligible Entities: Non-Profit Organization, College or School, Business or Corporation, Partnership
Deadline: December 31, 2020
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The Agriculture Innovation Center Program makes grants to Agriculture Innovation Centers that then provide technical and business development assistance to agricultural producers seeking to engage in making or producing Value-Added agricultural products.
Program Funding: $3.5 million.
Maximum Grant Amount: $1,000,000 (may be less at the discretion of the Agency).
Who may apply for this program?
Public bodies, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations and for-profit corporations.
Matching Funds Requirement:
Matching funds are required for at least one-third of the total project budget. For example, if the total project budget is $300,000, matching funds must be at least $100,000. Matching funds may be provided in cash by the applicant or a third party or in-kind by a third party. They must be available for use during the period of performance, and they must be used for allowable expenses.
How may funds be used?
Grant and matching funds may be used to operate an Agriculture Innovation Center and to provide the following services to agricultural producers:
• Consulting services for legal, accounting and technical services to be used by the recipient in establishing and operating a Center.
• Hiring employees for the Center.
• Making of matching grants to agricultural producers.
• Applied research.
• Legal services.
• Technical assistance to agricultural producers, including engineering services, scale production assessments, market planning and development, business planning, and other advisory services.
How do we get started?
Before you apply:
• Request a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number if your organization doesn’t already have one. You should plan on requesting it at least a month before the application deadline because you’ll need that number for the next pre-application step (see below).
• Register your organization with the System for Award Management (SAM) if you aren’t already registered. The registration is free. You need to complete several steps. It’s a good idea to start the registration process at least a month before any application deadline. Before you start the registration process, we suggest reading through the HELP materials available on the SAM website. Then, you’ll need to create an account. After you create your account by setting up a user ID and password, you can register your organization. Remember, you’ll need your DUNS number to complete your registration. Also, make a note of your Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code and expiration date because you’ll need those for your application.
Forms and Resources:
Select the Forms & Resources tab to access program forms and resource information.
Who can answer questions?
If you have questions, you can contact your nearest Rural Development Office.
Will I need to send any reports if I receive a grant?
If you receive a grant, you will need to send regular financial and performance reports. Your grant agreement will tell you how often you need to send the reports, what forms you need to use and what information you need to put in the reports.
Where can I get more information about the program?
Please read the Federal Register Notice for important information needed before applying for the grant. You can find the AIC Program regulations here: https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp=&SID=fdf4cef09dab0014153949…
Find all of the application information here.