Application
(pdf)

Application
(MS Word version)

Guidelines

Appendix A 
Budget Narrative Format

Appendix B  
Unallowable and Allowable Costs for Specialty Crop Grants

Appendix C
Application format examples
List of Selected Items of Cost
Contained in the federal OMB Cost Principles Regulations

Specialty Crop Grant Program

North Carolina Guidelines
Federal Fiscal Year 2009  
Administered by
 North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
1020 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1020

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) is pleased to announce a new grant program to fund projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program was established by the 2008 Farm Bill.

The NCDA&CS has set up a competitive grant process to award these federal funds in 2009. NCDA&CS will be administering funds totaling $1,085,174 for the development of projects that will support and enhance the competitiveness of Specialty Crops in North Carolina. NCDA&CS intent is to fund projects that can produce the highest degree of measurable benefits to North Carolina specialty crop producers in relation to each dollar spent.

Projects that benefit the following specialty crops are eligible; Fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, Christmas trees, turfgrass/sod, and nursery and greenhouse crops are eligible specialty crops.

NCDSA&CS is seeking applications from organizations that seek to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in North Carolina including; non-profit organizations and corporations, commodity associations, state and local government entities, colleges, and universities. Applicants must reside or their business or educational affiliation must be in North Carolina.

Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that directly benefit or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual.

Grant applications must be submitted by 5:00pm on June 19, 2009. Please refer to the links on this page for the grant application, guidelines, and additional information.

 NCDA&CS will accept grant applications with a value of up to $100,000 and a minimum of $10,000. Grants will be awarded for up to three years. Once all applications are submitted to NCDA&CS, each one will be carefully reviewed and evaluated based on the criteria listed in these guidelines. All NCDA&CS approved projects will then be developed into one grant submission to the USDA. Upon approval from USDA, NCDA&CS will notify applicants (sub-grantees) of their status. No final awards to any sub-grantee will be made until a final grant award is made to NCDA&CS (grantor) by USDA. Final approval is expected by September 30, 2009, but is subject to change.

For questions or additional information contact:
Specialty Crop Grant 
1020 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-1020
Or email: SpecialtyCropGrant@ncagr.gov