Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program

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Funding Opportunity ID: 326946
Opportunity Number: 2021-02
Opportunity Title: Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Agriculture
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 10.600
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Eligible ApplicantsTo participate in the Cooperator program, an entity must be a nonprofit U.S. agricultural trade organization that promotes the exports of one or more U.S. agricultural commodities, does not have a business interest in or receive remuneration from specific sales of agricultural commodities, and contributes at least 50 percent of the value of resources reimbursed by CCC for activities conducted under the agreement. Funding priority is given to organizations that have the broadest possible producer representation of the commodity being promoted and that are nationwide in membership and scope. Applicants that do not meet the eligibility criteria will be considered ineligible.
Agency Code: USDA-FAS-GP
Agency Name: Department of Agriculture
Global Programs
Posted Date: May 08, 2020
Close Date: Jun 26, 2020
Last Updated Date: May 08, 2020
Award Ceiling: $10,000,000
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $34,500,000
Expected Number of Awards: 30
Description: The Cooperator program is designed to maintain and develop foreign markets for United States agricultural commodities and products through cost–share assistance. Financial assistance under the Cooperator program will be made available on a competitive basis and applications will be reviewed against the evaluation criteriacontained herein and in the Cooperator program regulations. All U.S. agricultural commodities, except tobacco, are eligible for consideration.FAS allocates funds in a manner that effectively supports the strategic decision–making initiatives of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993. In deciding whether a proposed project will contribute to the effective creation, expansion, or maintenance of foreign markets, FAS considers whether the applicant provides a clear, long–term agricultural trade strategy, has the broadest producer representation and affiliated industry participation of the commodity being promoted, and includes an effective program time line against which results can be measured at specific intervals using quantifiable product or country goals. FAS also considers the extent to which a proposed project targets markets with the greatest growth potential. These factors are part of the FAS resource allocation strategy to fund applicants who can demonstrate performance and address the objectives of the GPRA.
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