Department of Agriculture Offers Workshop On Applying For Block Grant
FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDOA) invites persons who are interested in applying for a Specialty Crop Block Grant to an informational workshop to be held at the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service REC room 133 on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Topics to be discussed include: Definition of Specialty Crop, Purpose of Grant, History of the Grant Program (nationally/locally), Application Process, Eligibility and Sub-Grantee Responsibility, Proposal Criteria and Format, Proposal Evaluation Criteria and Reporting.
SCBG funding is made available to successful applicants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the territory. Funds received by the VIDOA from the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS) are awarded to sub-grantees to establish fruit orchards, community gardens, or to conduct apiculture training.
The VIDOA encourages interested individuals to attend this very important workshop to become familiar with the program and apply for funding. Funding is limited. Grant application packages may be obtained at the department offices on all three islands.
For more information and to obtain a grant application package, please contact Errol Chichester at 340-778-0997 ext. 222 or visit the Department offices on all three islands.
The deadline for applications is April 15.