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Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP)

Grants to USA Organic Producers and Handlers
to Reimburse Certification Costs

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Deadline Date:

10/31/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories organic farmers and handlers to defray costs associated with organic agricultural products. Qualifying producers may request funds to cover certification costs from state agencies. Producers may request assistance in the following categories: organic certification of livestock, crops, and wild crops, as well as state program and handling fees.

Background:

  • OCCSP provides cost share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products for the costs of obtaining or maintaining organic certification under the National Organic Program (NOP). Funding for OCCSP is provided through two authorizations: (1) National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (National OCCSP) funds and (2) Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) funds.

Reimbursable Costs:

  • Eligible costs include application fees, inspection costs, fees related to equivalency agreement/arrangement requirements, travel/per diem for inspectors, user fees, sales assessments, and postage.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145836

Estimated Size of Grant:

FSA is revising the reimbursement amount to 50 percent of the certified organic operation’s eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $500 per scope.

Term of Contract:

Covers expenses paid from Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

OCCSP provides cost share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products who are obtaining or renewing their certification under the National Organic Program (NOP).

Non-Reimbursable Costs:
Ineligible costs include equipment, materials, supplies, transitional certification fees, late fees and inspections necessary to address National Organic Program regulatory violations.

Pre-Application Information:

Dates:
- Applications for State Agency Agreements: FSA will accept applications from State Agencies for funds for FY 2020 cost share assistance between the period of August 10, 2020, and September 9, 2020.
- Producer and Handler Applications: FSA county offices will accept applications for OCCSP payments from producers and handlers for FY 2020 until October 31, 2020. For FY 2021 through 2023, FSA will accept applications from October 1 of the applicable FY through October 31 of the following FY.

OCCSP funds are limited and applications are paid on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications received after all funds are obligated will not be paid.

Press Release:
https://www.fsa.usda.gov/news-room/news-releases/2020/usda-accepting-applications-to-help-cover-costs-for-organic-certification

State Agencies may apply to administer these opportunities on Grants.gov:
- https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328623
- https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328610

Contact Information:

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

Producers and handlers may submit OCCSP applications to FSA county offices or they may apply through participating State agencies.

To apply through FSA, you can find an FSA county office near you with the Service Center Locator at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app

CFDA Number:

10.171

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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