Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program

The purpose of SPMGP is to develop projects that strengthen and enhance the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United States, including through the improvement of infrastructure, business, resource development, and through the development of innovative approaches to solve long-term
needs.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects that strengthen and enhance the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United States, including through the improvement of infrastructure, business, resource development, and through the development of innovative approaches to solve long-term needs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

National entities whose mission is consistent with strengthening and enhancing the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United States.

Beneficiary Eligibility

U.S. sheep producers.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must provide documentation as to how they meet the definition of an eligible entity and be registered with www.SAM.gov to submit their application via Grants.gov. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applicants must submit form SF-424, SF-424B, an eligibility statement, written proof of eligibility, critical resources and infrastructure documentation, a narrative description of the proposal, a supplemental budget summary, and any supporting documents. Letters of commitment may be required as applicable.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by qualified reviewers and approved or disapproved by the Agricultural Marketing Service in competition with other applications received. Grantees are notified of the amount awarded by allotment notification.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

The Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program (SPMGP) is authorized under section 12102 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) that amends Subtitle A of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.) by adding section 209, Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program, Public Law 113-79, 7 U.S.C 1621.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. Application deadlines are posted on Grants.gov and on the Agricultural Marketing Service website at www.ams.usda.gov/SPMGP.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards will be made in FY 2014 and continue to be made until expended. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Awardee report requirements are stated in the grant agreement.

Awardee report requirements are stated in the grant agreement.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Awardees must keep all records relating to the grant for 3 years from the date the SF-425 is submitted to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-8015-0-1-352.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $1,500,000; and FY 15 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not to exceed $1,500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Additonal information is posted at http://www.ams.usda.gov/SPMGP or may be obtained from the SPMGP contact.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Kenneth R. Payne, Director, 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Kenneth.Payne@ams.usda.gov Phone: 202-720-5705

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are evaluated based on projects that strengthen and enhance the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United States, including through the improvement of infrastructure, business, resource development, and through the development of innovative approaches to solve long-term needs.



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