Emerging Markets Program
The primary objective of the Emerging Markets Program is to promote, enhance or expand the exports of U.S. agricultural commodities to overseas emerging markets through cost-share assistance to eligible organizations that implement an Emerging Markets Program. The program supports the activities of U.S. agricultural and agribusiness firms--particularly those that may need assistance in obtaining or maintaining access in overseas markets. The program is aimed at improving market access opportunities for agricultural products or processes in low- to middle-income countries that are likely to emerge as promising export markets in the near to medium term.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Foreign Agricultural Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR A SPECIFIED USE
The Emerging Markets Program is authorized by the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (FACT Act), as amended by the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (FAIR Act) Section 1542 (d).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicants must be a: (1) U. S. agricultural or agribusiness organization -- nonprofit, trade association, university, consultant group (under certain conditions), (2) State Department of Agriculture, or (3) USDA agency (or other Federal agency involved in agricultural issues).
(1) a U. S. agricultural or agribusiness organization -- nonprofit, trade association, university, consultant group (under certain conditions), (2) State Department of Agriculture, or (3) USDA agency (or other Federal agency involved in agricultural issues).
All eligible applicants must submit a written proposal in accordance with the guidelines set forth each year in the Federal Register. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Each year solicitation of proposals is announced in the Federal Register. At that time written project proposals should be submitted to the Director, Marketing Operations Staff, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
FAS will notify each applicant in writing of the final disposition of its application. For approvals, letters will contain the notice of approval and any qualifications or adjustments made to the original proposal. For rejections, letters will contain details explaining the reasons why the proposals were not approved for funding. FAS will send an Agreement to each approved applicant. The Agreement will specify the terms and conditions applicable to the project, including the levels of program funding and cost-share contribution. An applicant who accepts the terms and conditions contained in the Agreement should so indicate by having the appropriate authorizing officer sign the Agreement and submit it to the Director, Marketing Operations Staff, FAS, USDA. The Agreement will become effective when the Deputy Administrator signs the Agreement on behalf of CCC.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 days.
Continuation or expansion of successful projects funded by the Program may be considered for future funding through separate application. Funding may be considered for projects which have already begun with the support and financial assistance of a private entity, and for which government funding for continuation of the project is justified. Such proposals must meet the criteria of the Emerging Markets Program, including cost-sharing.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Emerging Markets Program funds are authorized through project agreements that serve as binding instruments and create a legal obligation on the part of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to make appropriated funds available to the participant. The agreement creates a cooperative relationship between CCC and the implementor with each side contributing resources to support achievement of mutual goals. Program funds help finance activities such as feasibility studies, market research, sectorial assessments, orientation visits, specialized training, and business workshops. The Program is not intended for projects targeted at end-user consumers. Ineligible activities include in-store promotions, restaurant promotions, branded product promotions, administrative and operational expenses for trade shows and advertising, except in connection with specific technical assistance activities such as training seminars.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
See above. No cash reports are required. See above. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. Participant projects are reviewed as needed, but normally at least every two years, by representatives of the Compliance Review Staff (CRS) of FAS. Audits and reviews are also conducted sporadically by representatives of the Office of the Inspector General and the General Accounting Office. Accounts and records must be available for inspection or audit at any reasonable time.
Records must be maintained for at least three years after completion or termination of the Agreement or not more than five full calendar years following the year of the transaction that is evidenced by such an account or record that took place, whichever is sooner.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Agreements generally include a beginning and end date. Projects are normally funded for one year although some multi-year projects may befunded by the Program, usually on a year-to-year basis. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Mark Slupek 1400 Independence Ave, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: email@example.com
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 13 $9,490,000; FY 14 est $9,280,000; and FY 15 est $9,280,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Program currently operates under guidelines.
Examples of Funded Projects