Market Access Program
To encourage the creation, maintenance, and expansion of commercial export markets for U.S. agricultural commodities through cost-share assistance to eligible trade organizations that implement a foreign market development program.
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; Formula Grants (Cooperative Agreements)
Agricultural Trade Act of 1978, as amended, Section 203.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
To be approved, applicants must be: (1) A nonprofit U.S. agricultural trade organization; (2) a nonprofit State regional trade group; (3) a U.S. agricultural cooperative; (4) a State agency; or (5) a U.S. commercial entity that is a small-sized entity (other than a cooperative or producer association).
CCC will enter into MAP agreements only where the eligible agricultural commodity is comprised of at least 50 percent U.S. origin content by weight, exclusive of added water.
Applicants are required to provide a competent, experienced staff and other resources to assure adequate development, supervision, and execution of promotion activities. All applicants must submit a written proposal which provides a brief discussion of the commodity for which assistance is requested; the proposed program with a justification; and a strategic plan. In addition, all applicants must submit a statement certifying that any CCC resources received will supplement, but not supplant, any private or third party funds or other contributions to program activities. 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 the availability of funds is announced in a Federal Register notice. At this time a written export strategy should be submitted to the Director, Marketing Operations Staff, FAS. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.
Applications are reviewed against the allocation criteria and factors set forth in 7 CFR Part 1485. CCC notifies each applicant of the final disposition of its application and also issues a public announcement concerning the allocation of resources among the applicant organizations. Each approved applicant receives a program agreement and allocation approval letter which specifies any special terms and conditions applicable to a participant's program. Final agreement occurs when both the participating organization and the Administrator of FAS in the Administrator's capacity as Vice President, CCC, sign the program agreement.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Approximately 90 days.
How are proposals selected?
Allocations will only be made to applicants that present the best opportunity for developing or expanding export markets for U.S. agricultural commodities. In assessing the applicant, the following factors are considered: (1) effectiveness of program management; (2) soundness of accounting procedures; (3) the nature of the organization; (4) prior export promotion or direct export experience; (5) previous MAP funding and performance; (6) adequacy of the applicant's strategic plan; (7) past and present contribution levels; (8) export goals; and the (9) accuracy of past projected export goals. In providing assistance for brand promotions, priority will be given to small-sized entities. Qualifying products whose composition is less than 50 percent U.S. origin are not eligible.
How may assistance be used?
Market Access Program (MAP) funds are authorized through program agreements that provide for partial reimbursement of eligible promotional expenses in a Unified Export Strategy application approved by the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the agency which administers the program for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). MAP participants may receive assistance for either generic or brand promotion activities. Program funds help finance activities such as consumer advertising, point of sale demonstrations, public relations, trade servicing activities, participation in trade fairs and exhibits, market research and technical assistance.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
All program Participants must report annual results against their target market and/or regional constraint/opportunity performance measures. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. End of year contribution reports are required. A MAP Participant shall maintain its records of expenditures and contributions. All MAP Participants must report annual results against their target market and/or regional constraints/opportunity performance measures.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Participant accounts 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 Inspector General and the Government Accounting Office. Accounts and records must be available for inspection or audit at any reasonable time.
Must be maintained for not less than 3 years after completion or termination of the agreement or not more than 5 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 twelve-month promotional effort and a provision for program evaluation by an independent third party. Funds awarded in any given fiscal year are typically available for two additional years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Each approved applicant receives a program agreement and allocation approval letter which specifies any special terms and conditions applicable to a participant's program. Final agreement occurs when both the participating organization and the Administrator of FAS in the Administrator's capacity as Vice President, CCC, sign the program agreement.
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
(Formula Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 13 $189,800,000; FY 14 est $185,600,000; and FY 15 est $185,600,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
From $22,000 to $9,611,000; $1,375,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR 1485.
Examples of Funded Projects