Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program


To provide cost-share assistance to nonprofit commodity and agricultural trade associations to maintain and develop foreign markets for United States agricultural commodities and products.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Foreign Agricultural Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2023 The FMD benefits U.S. farmers, processors, and exporters by assisting their industries in maintaining or increasing market share in foreign markets by addressing long–term foreign market import constraints and by identifying new markets or new uses for the agricultural commodity or product in foreign markets.
7 U.S.C. 5623(c)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
This program is open to United States trade organizations that promote the export of 1 or more United States agricultural commodities and do not have a business interest in or receive remuneration from specific sales of agricultural commodities.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Preference is given to nonprofit U.S. trade organizations which are nationwide in membership and scope.
U.S. applicants must prove the ability to provide a competent experienced staff and other resources to assure adequate development, supervision, and execution of promotional activities. Applicants must submit a written export strategy that provides the information listed in the annual NOFO. Other documentation may be required and will be specified in the annual NOFO.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Notices of Funding Opportunity will be distributed through
Award Procedure
Proposals are evaluated by FAS, which rates the qualifications of applicants and determines an appropriate level of funding.
Deadlines will appear in the Notice of Funding Opportunity when posted.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria for selecting proposals will be articulated in the annual NOFOs posted to
How may assistance be used?
Cooperator funds are authorized through program agreements with nonprofit U.S. trade associations, called Cooperators, that provide for partial reimbursement of generic promotional activities in a Unified Export Strategy application approved by the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the agency that administers the program for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). In general, Cooperator funds may be used only in direct support of activities conducted outside the United States. Types of activities that may be funded include trade servicing, market research, and technical assistance to actual or potential foreign purchasers of U.S. commodities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Cooperators must provide an annual performance report that measures and reports progress against the defined performance measures.
Cooperator accounts are reviewed periodically, but normally at least every two years, by representatives of the Compliance Review Staff, FAS. Audits and reviews are also conducted sporadically by representatives of the Office of Inspector General and Government Accounting Office. Accounts and records must be available for inspection or audit at any reasonable time.
Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or subrecipient under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 50%.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to one year period of performance Each approved applicant receives a program agreement and an approval letter that specifies any special terms and conditions applicable to a Cooperator's program. Final agreement occurs when both the participating organization and FAS sign the program agreement and approval letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Curt Alt
1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20250 US
Phone: 2026904784
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants (Apportionments)) FY 22$34,500,000.00; FY 23 est $34,500,000.00; FY 24 est $34,500,000.00; FY 21$34,500,000.00; FY 20$34,500,000.00; FY 19$34,500,000.00; FY 18$34,500,000.00; FY 17$35,000,000.00; FY 15$32,016,000.00; FY 16 est $35,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR Part 1484.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2019 $0
Fiscal Year 2020 $0
Fiscal Year 2021 FY21 - $1,000,000.00
Fiscal Year 2023 FAS partners with U.S. agricultural organizations to provide financial support for their efforts to create, expand, and maintain long–term exports for U.S. agricultural products in markets around the world.


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