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USDA is committed to supporting a diverse set of farmers, ranchers and forest owners through climate solutions that increase resilience, expand market opportunities and strengthen rural America. The new Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities opportunity provides up to $1 billion for pilot projects that create market opportunities for commodities produced using climate-smart practices. USDA is now accepting project applications for fiscal year 2022.
This funding opportunity is open for second funding pool applications (from $250,000 to $4,999,999), which are due by June 10, 2022, by 11:59pm. Applications for the first funding pool (from $5 mil to $100 mil) were due May 06, 2022, by 11:59pm Eastern Time and are no longer being accepted.
Any general questions about the funding opportunity should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to a high level of interest, USDA may not be able to respond to all questions received after May 20, 2022, prior to the second funding pool deadline. Please note that USDA cannot comment on specific project or applicant eligibility at this stage of the funding opportunity.
Please review this website for the link to the Notice of Funding Opportunity, updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), webinar recordings and other additional resources. If you are having application submission issues, please contact www.grants.gov directly and document your correspondence.
USDA announced details of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities opportunity on February 7, 2022. Through this new program, USDA will finance partnerships to support the production and marketing of climate-smart commodities via a set of pilot projects lasting one to five years. Pilots will provide technical and financial assistance to producers who implement climate-smart practices on a voluntary basis on working lands; pilot innovative and cost-effective methods for quantification, monitoring, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas benefits; and market the resulting climate-smart commodities.
USDA will be inclusive of a wide cross-section of U.S. agriculture and forestry through this effort, including the meaningful inclusion of small and underserved producers and early adopters.
The design of this opportunity was informed by over 400 comments received in the Request for Information published in September 2021. Project funding for Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities will be made available through the Commodity Credit Corporation.
Applicants should refer to the Notice of Funding Opportunity for full details on application requirements, including USDA’s intended overarching and market expansion outcomes for this new program, which will help increase the competitive advantage of U.S. farmers, ranchers and forest landowners, including early adopters, both domestically and internationally.
A wide range of public and private entities may now apply for Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities. Eligible entities include:
The primary applicant/recipient must be an entity, not an individual. Please note that agricultural producers and forest landowners will not apply for this program directly but may receive incentives through awarded projects via partner groups.
While grant agreements under this funding opportunity will be made with a single entity, USDA encourages multiple partners to coordinate on project proposals.
In response to questions received from potential applicants, USDA has also provided additional clarity regarding requirements in the funding opportunity, including:
Frequently asked questions are also available on the website to help answer questions.
Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities pilot projects must focus on the on-farm, on-ranch or forest production of climate-smart commodities and associated reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and/or carbon sequestration.
Highly competitive projects will include agricultural and forestry practices or combinations of practices, and/or practice enhancements that provide GHG benefits and/or carbon sequestration, including but not limited to:
Funding for Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities will be provided in two funding pools. On March 11, USDA extended the deadlines to apply after requests from many stakeholders. USDA is committed to equity in program delivery and will ensure that all projects in both funding pools benefit small and/or historically underserved producers. Projects are also encouraged to include early adopters.
Applicants must submit project proposals on Grants.gov by the appropriate funding pool deadline. Please note that registering to apply for grants via Grants.gov includes several steps and types of registration, including DUNS, SAM.gov and Grants.gov accounts. The entire process may take several weeks. Visit the Grants.gov Organization Registration webpage for a complete set of instructions and initial steps.
Project proposals for the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program must provide plans to:
Greenhouse gas and/or carbon sequestration benefits and equity are key among project evaluation criteria. Projects must center around benefits to producers and will be evaluated on the meaningful inclusion of small and historically underserved producers. Incentives to encourage producer participation are critical to project success. The Notice of Funding Opportunity includes a complete set of project proposal requirements, evaluation criteria, and submission guidelines.
USDA encourages multiple partners to coordinate on project proposals. USDA hosted several “meet and greet” webinars in March and April 2022 to help support and encourage partnerships for proposal development.
Below is the participant registration information for each of those sessions (names and email addresses). USDA does not endorse any particular participant.
Producer Connections including Small/Historically Underserved Producers (PDF, 109 KB) – April 11, 2022
If you have producer connections you want to share, have ideas for engaging small and/or historically underserved producers, or if you are seeking partners with those connections/ideas for your proposal.
Measurement, Monitoring, Reporting and Verification and Climate-Smart Commodity Marketing (PDF, 116 KB) – April 11, 2022
If you have expertise in measurement, monitoring, reporting and/or verification, or climate-smart commodity marketing, or you are seeking that expertise for your proposal.
Producer Connections (PDF, 168 KB) – March 29, 2022
If you have producer connections you want to share or are seeking producer connections for your proposal.
Measurement, Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (PDF, 167 KB) – March 29, 2022
If you have expertise in measurement, monitoring, reporting and/or verification or are seeking that expertise for your proposal.
Climate-Smart Commodity Marketing (PDF, 151 KB) – March 31, 2022
If you have expertise in climate-smart commodity marketing or are seeking that expertise for your proposal.
Engaging Small/Historically Underserved Producers (PDF, 160 KB) – March 31, 2022
If you have ideas for engaging small and/or historically underserved producers in a proposal or are seeking new ideas or partners with expertise in working with small and/or historically underserved producers.
Please contact Climate-Smart-Commodities@usda.gov with any general questions on Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities. USDA cannot comment on specific project or applicant eligibility at this stage of the funding opportunity.
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