– The West Virginia
Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is now seeking Request for Applications
for 2020 Specialty Crop Block Grants. Funds awarded must be used to enhance
the production, processing and consumption of specialty crops in West
Virginia. Applications are due January 8, 2020.
“One of the
largest barriers to small business development is access to capital. This
is even more true for agriculture-based businesses,” said Commissioner of
Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “The goal of these grants is to bridge that
capital gap by either conducting research or finding ways to expand markets
for specialty crop businesses.”
The SCBGP is
funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the WVDA.
Grant recipients have two years to plan, implement and gather data on their
respective projects. Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables,
tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including
Virginia agriculture and the state’s economy to move forward, we must think
small. Focusing on how we develop niche markets to diversify our economy
will be key to West Virginia’s future. We encourage anyone who has a unique
idea on how to do just that to apply,” Leonhardt said.
There are two
changes for FY 2020 grants. First, the floor and ceiling for grant funding
has been adjusted to $15,000 and $100,000 respectively. Second, projects
will run for two year cycles instead of the previous three year cycles.
The USDA awarded
$72.4 million to 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S.
territories. The WVDA anticipates receiving approximately $270,000 from
which multiple grants will be awarded.
instructions and other information can be found at https://agriculture.wv.gov/divisions/marketinganddevelopment/Pages/Grant-and-Training-Opportunities.aspx.
For more information, contact Leslie
Boggess at email@example.com or 304-558-2210.