2010 WEST VIRGINIA SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM (SCBGP). Melissa Hudson & Cindy Martel, Marketing Specialists February 1, 2010. Gus R. Douglass, Commissioner. Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). Federal grant program administered by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture
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2010 WEST VIRGINIA SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM (SCBGP)
Melissa Hudson & Cindy Martel, Marketing Specialists
February 1, 2010
Gus R. Douglass, Commissioner
Federal grant program administered by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture
First round of funding in 2005 did not define or specify specialty crop
Federal FY2006 (funding available in 2007) defined specialty crops and eligible projects; office and administrator at USDA assigned
Federal FY2008 legislation further narrowed the definition and eligible projects
Reimbursement funding rather than up front funds (monthly)
Exclusive program to specialty crops
Increase in maximum amount that can be requested (now $15,000)
Electronic submission of application and reporting
More frequent reporting and program updates
Grants will be awarded only to projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Mixed crop venues or publications (i.e. ads, farmers market) that include non-eligible crops such as meats or eggs will need to provide a method of factoring true specialty crop only expenses and ineligible crops can not be promoted in marketing and publication materials (i.e. ads, websites).
Grants will now reimburse grantee expenditures, rather than awarding funds up-front. Grant recipients will be able to submit expense reimbursement requests on a monthly basis.
Only one round of funding will be available in 2010.
The maximum request amount has risen to $15,000.00 per proposal.
Applicants may be requested to modify or adjust their application and provide additional data to reports and results. These are time sensitive and failure to provide requested information may mean applicants being withdrawn from consideration.
Employee and travel expenses will be eligible for reimbursement in accordance with federal grant guidelines and required documentation.
knowledge and consumption of Specialty Crops
“Good Handling Practices”, and “Good Manufacturing Practices”
Specialty crop research for new or existing varieties to increase market variety and consumer consumption
Projects that do notaddress one of the above priorities are still eligible for funding, as long as they meet all other program requirements. Examples of other program areas include: improved efficiency, distribution cost reduction, transportation and/or processing systems, connecting growers and buyers, increasing the number of specialty crop growers, developing local and rural economies, and improving food access in underserved communities.
Oil crops such as peanut, soybean, sunflower, safflower, rapeseed, canola, mustard seed
-Pumpkins, blueberries, wine grapes
-West Virginia Farmers Market Association
-Conferences, workshops, field days, training
ALL PROJECT PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON MARCH 15, 2010
Have the people and resources to carryout your project proposal
Have sufficient capital (funds) to be able to pay for expenditures and follow reimbursement guidelines
Adequate staff to create proposal and submit reports on a timely basis
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program(SCBGP)
Fiscal Year 2009 Funding Cycle-Farm Bill Allocation
Application Due Date:
March 15, 2010
The forms in this manual may be reproduced.
Additional copies of this publication may be obtained from our website at:
Available in .pdf or MS Word
February 22, 2010
Jean Smith, Director, Marketing & Development Division
(304) 558-2210; [email protected]
Cindy Martel, Marketing Specialist-Oak Hill
(304) 541-9756; [email protected]
Melissa Hudson, Marketing Specialist
(304) 558-2210; [email protected]
for participating in this webinar!