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Grants to Oklahoma Nonprofits, Institutions, Producers, For-Profits, and Agencies to Enhance Agricultural Production and Distribution

Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure (RFSI) Program


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
212418

Funding Source
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Oklahoma

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/09/24
Deadline: 02/23/24 5:00 PM CST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Oklahoma nonprofit organizations, institutions, agricultural processors and producers, for-profit entities, and government entities to enhance the production and distribution of agricultural products throughout the state. Funding is intended for a wide range of infrastructural improvements and equipment purchases that address middle-of-the-supply-chain needs.

The Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program (RFSI) aims to build resilience in the middle of the supply chain and strengthen local and regional food systems. Funds will be granted to food and farm businesses, and other eligible entities for projects that expand capacity and infrastructure for the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling, or distribution of targeted local and regional agricultural products. 

Proposals should look to create more diverse local and regional market options and create more economic opportunities for communities by creating new revenue streams for Oklahoma producers. 

RFSI is intended to serve middle-of-the-supply-chain needs to add value and provide more, new, and better markets for locally or regionally produced food. This program is to support food system crops and products meant for human consumption (excluding meat and poultry products, which are funded through other USDA programs).

Infrastructure Grants will fund projects that expand capacity and infrastructure for the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling, or distribution of targeted agricultural products. Examples include: 

  • Expanding processing capacities, including adding product types, increasing production volumes, and supporting new wholesale/retail product lines.
  • Modernizing equipment or facilities through upgrades, repairs, or retooling; (e.g., adapting product lines for institutional procurement or adding parallel processing capacity). 
  • Purchase and installation of specialized equipment, such as processing components, sorting equipment, packing and labeling equipment, or delivery vehicles.
  • Modernizing manufacturing, tracking, storage, and information technology systems.
  • Enhancing worker safety through adoption of new technologies or investment in equipment or facility improvements.
  • Construction of a new facility.
  • Increasing packaging and labeling capacities that meet compliance requirements under applicable laws (e.g. sealing, bagging, boxing, labeling, conveying, and product moving equipment);
  • Increasing storage space, including cold storage.
  • Develop, customize or install climate‐smart equipment that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, increases efficiency in water use, improves air and/or water quality, and/or meets one or more of USDA’s climate action goals.
  • Modernize equipment or facilities to ensure food safety, including associated Hazard, Analysis, and Critical Control Points (HACCP) consultation, plan development and employee training; an• Training on the use of all equipment purchased under the grant and associated new processes.

ODAFF and USDA encourages projects that benefit underserved farmers and ranchers, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, veteran producers, and processors and other middle-ofthe-supply-chain businesses owned by socially disadvantaged individuals, as defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA). 

For a list of allowable activities, see: https://ag.ok.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/ODAFF-RFSI-application-manual.pdf#page=9



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Entities eligible for RFSI Grants are:

- Agricultural producers or processors, or groups of agricultural producers and processors.
- Any of these businesses operating middle-of-the-supply-chain activities such as processing, aggregation, distribution of targeted agricultural products whose activities are primarily focused for the benefit of local and regional producers.
*Nonprofit and For-profit entities operating middle of the supply chain activities such as processing, aggregation, or distribution of targeted agricultural products,
*Local government entities
*Tribal governments
- Institutions such as schools, universities, or hospitals bringing producers together to establish cooperative or shared infrastructure or invest in equipment that will benefit multiple producers middle-of-the-supply-chain activities such as processing, aggregation, distribution of targeted agricultural product.

All applicant businesses and organizations must be domestically owned, and applicants’ facilities must be physically located in Oklahoma. Applicants doing business along the state’s border or have locations in multiple states should only apply in one state to avoid duplication of federal funds.

For eligibility details, see: https://ag.ok.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/ODAFF-RFSI-application-manual.pdf#page=6

Ineligible
Projects that are NOT ELIGIBLE include:

• Acquiring real property (including land purchases), or any interest therein.
• Projects focused on meat and poultry processing, animal feed and forage products, fiber, landscaping products, tobacco, or dietary supplements.
• Activities that have received a Federal award from another Federal award program for the same activity or equipment.
• Claiming expenses that have been or will be reimbursed under any Federal, State, or local government funding; and
• Projects which have already received funding from another federal grant or subaward programs may not receive funding for the same activities through an Infrastructure Grant. However, Infrastructure Grants may build on the successes of prior funding, such as the USDA Regional Food Business Centers Business Builder subawards, to fund subsequent activities.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Applicants are invited to ask questions during a Live webinar that is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 10:00 am.

Pre-Application Information
- Application Due Date: February 23, 2024
- A PDF version must be received via email by 5:00 PM CST.

Applicants must have a Unique Entity Identifier number (UEI) at time of submission. If you do not have one you can register at SAM.gov (https://sam.gov/content/home) and there is no cost to do so.

Infrastructure Grant: A 50% match will be required on all infrastructure grants unless the applicant qualifies as a historically underserved farmer and rancher, or for other businesses that qualify under SBA categories of a small disadvantaged business, women-owned small business, or veteran-owned small business. For those meeting these categories the required match is reduced to 25% of the project cost.

Equipment-Only Grants do not require a match.

Entities are not allowed to submit applications for Infrastructure and Equipment-Only grants.

Watch "How to Open a RFSI Application": https://youtu.be/KV_-j9VyP4o

Watch "Who's Eligible to Apply for RFSI Grants?": https://youtu.be/UyjReTc85jM

Estimated Size of Grant
Infrastructure Grants will range from a minimum of $100,000 to a maximum of $1,000,000.

Equipment-Only Grants will range in value from a minimum award of $10,000 and a maximum award of $100,000.

Term of Contract
Infrastructure Grants must be completed in 2 years. Funds will be awarded no earlier than July 1, 2024.

Equipment-Only Grants: Funds will be awarded no earlier than July 1, 2024.

Contact Information
Email applications and questions to:

Jason Harvey
Program Coordinator
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, & Forestry
Cell: (405) 606-1477
Email: jason.harvey@ag.ok.gov

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