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ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP) is a federal grant program offered by USDA's  Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The SCMP competitively funds projects to solely enhance the  competitiveness of specialty crops through collaborative, multi-state projects that address regional or  national level specialty crop issues, including food safety, plant pests and disease, research,  crop- specific projects addressing common issues, and marketing and promotion.
 
Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture). For a comprehensive list of eligible and ineligible commodities,   visit http://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/specialty-crop.
  
FUNDING AND DURATION
Created by the 2014 Farm Bill, the SCMP will award approximately $7 million to projects that help develop solutions to problems affecting the specialty crop industry across state boundaries. Grant amounts range from $250,000 to $1 million and the maximum grant duration is three years. Applicants must select a project start date that falls within the 2018 calendar year. The end date will be three years from the determined start date. All proposals submitted must allocate two percent of the eight percent indirect costs for Pennsylvania (six percent indirect costs for grantee and multi-state partner and two percent for Pennsylvania for a total indirect cost of eight percent).

ELIGIBILITY AND EXCLUSIONS
Specialty crop producer associations and groups, other state agencies, Tribal government entities, universities, nonprofits, and other stakeholder groups and organizations are eligible to apply. Proposals must include partners (referred to as "multi-state partners") located in two different states to qualify for the program. 

Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that directly benefit or provide a profit to a single organization, institution or individual.
 
HOW TO APPLY
Multi-state partners must review and prepare SCMP proposals in accordance with the 2017 SCMP Request for Applications (RFA).
 
PROPOSAL DEADLINE
The deadline to submit SCMP applications to Pennsylvania is 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on September 25, 2017. Proposals must be submitted electronically to msheffield@pa.gov. The required format is a single-spaced, Times New Roman, 11 point font with 1 inch margins. Pages must be numbered in the right-hand bottom corner. The application must be submitted in Word (.doc, .docx). Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

QUESTIONS

All questions regarding the SCMP should be emailed to msheffield@pa.gov