Organic Certification Cost Share Programs

The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency (FSA), requests applications for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) and the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost Share Program, collectively referred to as the OCCSP, for fiscal


year (FY) 202 1. The purpose of the OCCSP awards is to defray the costs of receiving and maintaining organic certification.

In FY 2021, the available funding for these two programs is approximately $6 million for the NOCCSP and $943,000 for the AMA.

FSA awards the OCCSP funds to eligible State Agencies* that serve as administering entities, to reimburse organic operations for specific organic certification costs.

This is the initial request for applications, which outlines the eligibility and performance criteria for State Agencies seeking NOCCSP and AMA funding in FY 202 1. For eligible certification costs incurred from October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021, organic operations may request reimbursement until November 1, 2021, unless the State Agency requests and receives approval for a different application deadline.

The State Agencies may provide reimbursements to certified organic operators for 50% of the operation’s total allowable certification costs, up to a maximum of $500 per certification scope:
crops, livestock, wild crops, handling (i.e., processing), and State Organic Program fees.

If additional funding is authorized for FY 2021, FSA and State Agencies may amend the FY 2021 grant agreements to provide additional funds and increase the payment amounts for certified operations.

* The use of “State Agencies” throughout this document refers to the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and 5 U. S. Territories including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

A webinar is scheduled for May 21 at 2:00 pm ET to discuss changes to this year's application process.

States are encouraged to attend.

Access information will be provided via amendment to this NFO.

This webinar will address changes to application procedures for the FSA Organic Certification Cost Share Program grants for fiscal year 202 1. There will be an opportunity for potential applicants to ask questions as well.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity numbers are USDA-FSA-SND-NOCCSP-2021 and USDA-FSA-SND-AMA-202 1. The full NFOs are available on Click here to join the meeting Or call in (audio only) +1 202-650-0123,,368173447# United States, Washington DC Phone Conference ID:
368 173 447#
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Organic Certification Cost Share Programs

Department of Agriculture

Agency: Department of Agriculture

Office: Farm Service Agency

Estimated Funding: $6,000,000

Who's Eligible

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For purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

To advance Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities, as of October 28, 2020, the Attorney General determined that all state, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process to be allocated FY 2021 DOJ discretionary grant funding, as either a recipient or a subrecipient.  For detailed information on this new certification requirement, please visit recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

Eligible applicants that propose to provide direct services to youth must not include youth who are age 18 or older in the population they will serve.

OJJDP will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant.

Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

For additional information on subawards, see the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide.

OJJDP may elect to fund applications submitted under this FY 2021 solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on, among other considerations, the merit of the applications and the availability of appropriations

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