2010 Alaska Agriculture Innovation Grant Announced
Application Deadline March 31, 2010
To: Interested Alaska Farmers, Producers and Industry Members
The Division of Agriculture is soliciting proposals for the Alaska Agriculture Innovation Grant (AAIG) for 2010. Funding is a result of the successful USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) proposal submitted by the Division of Agriculture. Eligible specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, and nursery crops including floriculture. Alaska Grown products that DO NOT qualify as specialty crops under the federal agreement and are therefore ineligible for this grant include: feed crops (such as barley, corn, hay, oats) livestock, dairy products, eggs and aquaculture products. Grant amounts for the AAIG will range from $500.00 to $5000.00. Applicants will be eligible for up to 50% of the total cost of the project, equipment or “system” that is purchased. Shipping and labor costs are not eligible for reimbursement. Multiple pieces of equipment or cohesive systems can be bundled into one application; however no individual will receive greater than $5000.00. If multiple pieces of equipment are requested, the Division of Agriculture reserves the right to approve or deny item by item. The AAIG is intended for specialty crop producers to adopt and develop methods and systems for season extension and increased crop productivity. Innovative technologies not currently being utilized in Alaska are encouraged. Requirements of the contracts will include:
- Purchase the system identified and described in your application;
- Dollar-for-dollar match of every State dollar expended, shipping and labor not included;
- Public presentation of your project and information to other producers/farmers; and
- Deliver a final report on the project, including required documentation.