United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Rural Development (RD)
CFDA Number: 10.383
Funding or PIN Number: RD-RBCS-22-01-FPEP
USA: Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York City; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington, DC; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming
Conference Date: 12/15/22 Deadline: 12/29/22 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, for-profits, Tribes, and government agencies for activities to benefit the fertilizer industry. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to increase or otherwise expand the manufacturing and processing of fertilizer and nutrient alternatives and their availability in the United States.
The applicant is responsible for defining the FPEP project. Eligible activities and costs include, but are not limited to, those associated with elements a) through c) below:
Increase the domestic availability of fertilizer (nitrogen, phosphate, potash) and nutrient alternatives to agricultural producers for use in crop years 2023, 2024, and thereafter; and
Provide agricultural producers with more domestic options for fertilizer and nutrient alternatives; or
Reduce the impacts of climate change through the manufacturing and processing of or the use of sustainable, innovative, increased, and efficient fertilizer and nutrient alternatives production and use.
Grant funds may be used to expand processing capacity by supporting activities such as:
Construction of a new facility or purchase of an existing facility for purposes of expanding capacity or increasing output, including the purchase of land;
Pre-development costs including, but not limited to, engineering and other professional fees;
Working capital to support expanded capacity or increased outputs;
Modernizing or expanding an existing facility, including expansion and modifications to existing buildings and construction of new buildings at existing facilities;
Purchasing new, or modernizing existing processing and manufacturing equipment;
Customizing, and installing equipment, devices, and technology that improves processing functions, worker conditions, or safety;
Modernizing, customizing, and installing climate‐smart equipment that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, increases fertilizer use efficiency, improves air and water quality, or meets one or more of USDA’s climate action goals;
Ensuring compliance with packaging and labeling requirements under applicable law (including sealing, packaging, boxing, labeling, conveying, and product moving equipment);
Ensuring compliance with occupational and other safety requirements under applicable law;
Engaging in workforce recruitment, training, apprenticeships, and retention to ensure expansion projects will be adequately staffed and crewed and offer opportunities to workers.
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Entities are eligible regardless of legal structure and may include, but are not limited to, Tribes, Tribal Entities, for‐profit entities, corporations, non‐profit entities, producer‐owned cooperatives and corporations, certified benefit corporations, and State or local government entities. Private entities must be independently owned and operated.
Eligible applicants must:
- Operate within the U.S. or its territories;
- Manufacture or process or plan to manufacture or process in accordance with all Federal, State, Tribal and local regulations governing fertilizer and nutrient alternatives, processing, storage, distribution, and waste management;
- Be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) and must maintain annual SAM registration while an application is active and through the term of an award.
Additionally, eligible applicants, including affiliates of the eligible applicant, must not hold a market share (in either manufacturing, processing, or distribution) greater than or equal to the entity that holds the fourth largest share of that market for any of the following nutrients or components: Nitrogen, or Phosphate, or Potash, or any combination of the three.
FPEP applications submitted into the first window must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on November 14, 2022. (45 days from 9/30/2022).
FPEP applications submitted into the second window must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on December 29, 2022. (90 days from 9/30/2022).
Applications received after the December 29, 2022 deadline or filed in any other manner will not be considered for funding.
All applicant entities must have a current and active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to file an MPPEP application. Please reference Section 3.7 of the MPPEP RFA for registration instructions.
Grant requests of less than $5 million have a matching fund requirement of 40 percent of the total eligible project cost. Grant requests of $5 million or greater (up to the maximum grant request of $100 million) have a matching fund requirement of 75 percent of the total eligible project costs.
Applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov. Ensure that all components of the application are complete before submission. Allow enough time for the application process, as it may take more than one attempt before your application is successfully submitted. RBCS encourages you to submit your application at least two weeks prior to the application deadline to ensure all certifications and registrations are met.
How to Register to Apply through Grants.Gov:
The Grants.gov registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, complete your Grants.gov registration allowing sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines. Instructions for organizations interested in applying for this grant funding opportunity can be found here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization‐registration.html
1) Obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI): All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a UEI. Instructions for obtaining the UEI are available at https://sam.gov/content/entity‐ registration. Applicants must enter the UEI number in the data entry field labeled "UEI" on the SF‐ 424 form.
2) Register with SAM: In addition to having a UEI number, organizations applying online through Grants.gov must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through Grants.gov. SAM.gov accounts must be updated annually, and your organization must have an active SAM.gov account to submit your application to Grants.gov.
3) Create a Grants.gov Account: The next step in the registration process is to create an account with Grants.gov. Applicants must know their organization's UEI number to complete this process. Completing this process automatically triggers an email request for applicant roles to the organization's E‐Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) for review. The EBiz POC is a representative from your organization who is the contact listed for SAM. To apply for grants on behalf of your organization, you will need the Authorized Organization Role, as described in SAM.gov.