Notice of Funding Opportunity: Inviting Applications for the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program, 24464-24467 [2019-11023]

Download as PDF jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES 24464 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 28, 2019 / Notices may be viewed at http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail; D=APHIS-2019-0002 or in our reading room, which is located in Room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 7997039 before coming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Colin D. Stewart, Assistant Director, Pests, Pathogens, and Biocontrol Permits, Permitting and Compliance Coordination, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737– 1231; (301) 851–2237; email: Colin.Stewart@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Invasive knotweeds in North America are a complex of three closely related species in the family Polygonaceae that were introduced from Japan during the late 19th century. They include Fallopia japonica (Japanese knotweed), F. sachalinensis (Giant knotweed), and the hybrid between the two, F. x bohemica (Bohemian knotweed). These large herbaceous perennials have spread throughout much of North America, with the greatest infestations in the Pacific Northwest, the northeast of the United States, and eastern Canada. While capable of growing in diverse habitats, the knotweeds have become especially problematic along the banks and floodplains of rivers and streams, where they crowd out native plants and potentially affect stream nutrients and food webs. While several States have active control programs against knotweeds, the inaccessibility of some of the infestations and the difficulty with which the plants are killed suggest that complete eradication of knotweeds within the United States is unlikely. The Hokkaido and Kyushu biotypes of the insect Aphalara itadori were chosen as potential biological control organisms. The biotypes are expected to reduce the severity of infestations of Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian knotweed, and are known to be highly host specific due to their intimate relationship with their host plants. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS’) review and analysis of the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed release are documented in detail in an environmental assessment (EA) entitled ‘‘Field Release of the Knotweed Psyllid Aphalara itadori (Hemiptera: Psyllidae) for Classical Biological Control of Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian Knotweeds, Fallopia japonica, F. sachalinensis, and F. x VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:49 May 24, 2019 Jkt 247001 bohemica (Polygonaceae), in the Contiguous United States, Environmental Assessment’’ (April 2018). We are making the EA available to the public for review and comment. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before the date listed under the heading DATES at the beginning of this notice. 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[FR Doc. 2019–11026 Filed 5–24–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Commodity Credit Corporation Foreign Agricultural Service Notice of Funding Opportunity: Inviting Applications for the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2020 Foreign Market Development Cooperator (Cooperator) program. The Cooperator program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) on behalf of CCC. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants for fiscal year 2020 and to set out criteria for the awarding of funds under the program. DATES: All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Friday, June 28, 2019. Applications received after this date will not be considered. FAS anticipates that the initial funding selections will SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 be made by the end of October 2019, with the initial award dates estimated to be by the end of December 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Applicants needing assistance should contact the Program Operations Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service by courier: Room 6512, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250, or by phone: (202) 720–4327, or by fax: (202) 720–9361, or by email: uesadmin@ fas.usda.gov. Information, including a copy of the program regulations, is also available on the FAS website at the following URL address: http:// www.fas.usda.gov/programs/foreignmarket-development-program-fmd. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Funding Opportunity Description Announcement Type: New. Award Instrument: Grant. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.600. Authorizing Authority: The Cooperator program is authorized by Section 203(c) of the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978 (7 U.S.C. 5623(c)), as amended. Cooperator program regulations appear at 7 CFR part 1484. Appropriation Authority: Funding for the Cooperator program is provided under 7 U.S.C. 5623(f). Purpose: The Cooperator program is designed to maintain and develop foreign markets for United States agricultural commodities and products through cost-share assistance. Financial assistance under the Cooperator program will be made available on a competitive basis and applications will be reviewed against the evaluation criteria contained herein and in the Cooperator program regulations. All U.S. agricultural commodities, except tobacco, are eligible for consideration. FAS allocates funds in a manner that effectively supports the strategic decision-making initiatives of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993. In deciding whether a proposed project will contribute to the effective creation, expansion, or maintenance of foreign markets, FAS considers whether the applicant provides a clear, long-term agricultural trade strategy and an effective program time line against which results can be measured at specific intervals using quantifiable product or country goals. FAS also considers the extent to which a proposed project targets markets with the greatest growth potential. These factors are part of the FAS resource allocation strategy to fund applicants who can demonstrate performance and address the objectives of the GPRA. E:\FR\FM\28MYN1.SGM 28MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 28, 2019 / Notices jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Funding Available: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 provides no less than $34.5 million for the Cooperator program for each of the fiscal years (FY) 2019 through FY 2023. B. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Organizations: To participate in the Cooperator program, an applicant must be a nonprofit U.S. agricultural trade organization. Funding priority is given to organizations that have the broadest possible producer representation of the commodity being promoted and that are nationwide in membership and scope. 2. Eligible Activities: Under the Cooperator program, FAS enters into agreements with eligible nonprofit U.S. trade organizations to share the cost of certain overseas marketing and promotion activities. Cooperators may receive assistance only for generic activities that do not involve promotions targeted directly to consumers purchasing in their individual capacity. The Cooperator program generally operates on a reimbursement basis. 3. Limits on Activities: Cooperator program activities are approved for a single program year, with the approval dates specified in the allocation approval letter that is provided as part of the award approval package. Only those Cooperator program activities that are approved in each applicant’s allocation approval letter may be implemented, and those activities must be implemented during the 12-month program year specified in the allocation approval letter. Requests for activity changes during the program year must be approved in advance by FAS. Cooperator program participants must re-apply for the program every year. 4. Funding Restrictions: Certain types of expenses are not eligible for reimbursement by the program, and there are limits on other categories of expenses. FAS also will not reimburse unreasonable expenditures or expenditures made prior to approval. Full details are available in sections 1484.54 and 1484.55 of the Cooperator program regulations. 5. Cost-Sharing: To participate in the Cooperator program, an applicant must agree to contribute resources to its proposed promotional activities. The Cooperator program is intended to supplement, not supplant, the efforts of the U.S. private sector. The contribution must be at least 50 percent of the value of resources provided by FAS for activities conducted under the project agreement. The degree of commitment of an applicant to the promotional strategies VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:49 May 24, 2019 Jkt 247001 contained in its application, as represented by the cost-share contributions specified therein, is considered by FAS when determining which applications will be approved for funding. Cost-share may be actual cash invested or in-kind contributions, such as professional staff time spent on the design and implementation of activities. The Cooperator program regulations, including sections 1484.50 and 1484.51, provide detailed discussion of eligible and ineligible cost-share contributions. 6. Other: Applications should include a justification for funding assistance from the program—an explanation as to what specifically could not be accomplished without federal funding assistance and why participating organization(s) are unlikely to carry out the project without such assistance. 7. Intergovernmental Review: An intergovernmental review may be required. Applicants must contact their state’s Single Point of Contact (SPOC) to comply with their state’s process under Executive Order 12372 (see http:// www.fws.gov/policy/library/ rgeo12372.pdf). To ensure currency, the names and addresses of the SPOCs are maintained at the Office of Management and Budget’s home page at https:// www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/ uploads/2017/11/SPOC-Feb.-2018.pdf. C. Award Information Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): 10/01/2019. Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): 09/30/2023. It is anticipated that FAS will award approximately 25 awards under the 2020 Cooperator program, subject to programmatic approval and available funding. In general, all qualified proposals received before the submission deadline will compete for funding. FAS will review all proposals against the evaluation criteria contained in the program regulations. Funding for successful proposals will be provided through specific agreements. FAS must approve in advance any subsequent changes to the agreement. Within 90 days after the end of the period of performance, or after an amendment has been issued to close out a grant, whichever comes first, FAS will confirm that the participant has provided all of the required reports and will review the reports for completeness and content. Once the required reports are approved, FAS will prepare a closeout letter that advises the participant of the award closeout procedures. The notice will indicate the period of performance as closed, list any remaining funds that will be de– PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24465 obligated, and address the requirement of maintaining the grant records for three years from the date of the final FFR. D. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Submit Application Package: Organizations should submit their Cooperator program applications to FAS through the web-based Unified Export Strategy (UES) system. The UES allows applicants to submit a single consolidated and strategically coordinated proposal that incorporates requests for funding under all of the FAS market development programs. The suggested UES format encourages applicants to examine the constraints or barriers to trade that they face, identify activities that would help overcome such impediments, consider the entire pool of complementary marketing tools and program resources, and establish realistic export goals. Applicants planning to use the UES must first contact FAS’ Program Operations Division to obtain site access information. The web-based application may be found at the following URL address: https://www.fas.usda.gov/ues/ webapp/. Applicants experiencing difficulty or otherwise needing assistance applying to the program should contact the Program Operations Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service by courier: Room 6512, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250, or by phone: (202) 720–4327, or by fax: (202) 720–9361, or by e–mail: uesadmin@fas.usda.gov. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission: To be considered for the Cooperator program, an applicant must submit to FAS an application package consisting of Standard Forms 424, ‘‘Application for Federal Assistance’’ (SF–424), and 424A, ‘‘Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs’’ (SF–424A), which are standard forms required for use as cover sheets for submission of applications and related information under discretionary programs, and the information required by Section 1484.20 of the Cooperator program regulations. Incomplete applications or applications that do not otherwise conform to this announcement and the FMD regulations will not be accepted for review. In addition, any applicant that has not provided the following required certifications through the System for Award Management (SAM) must complete and provide them to FAS before the application can be approved for funding: E:\FR\FM\28MYN1.SGM 28MYN1 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES 24466 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 28, 2019 / Notices 1. SF–424B, ‘‘Assurances—NonConstruction Programs’’ 2. AD–3030 and AD–3031, ‘‘Representations Regarding Felony Conviction and Tax Delinquent Status For Corporate Applicants’’ 3. AD–1047, ‘‘Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters’’ 4. AD–1049 or AD–1052 (as appropriate), ‘‘Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements’’ 5. Certification Regarding Lobbying. If paragraph 2 of the certification applies, then the form SF–LLL, ‘‘Disclosure of Lobbying Activities’’ must also be completed and submitted. 3. Other Required Information: In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s policy (68 FR 38402 (June 27, 2003)) regarding the need to identify entities that are receiving government awards, all applicants must submit a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. An applicant may request a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at (866) 705–5711. In addition, in accordance with 2 CFR part 25, each entity that applies to the Cooperator program and does not qualify for an exemption under 2 CFR 25.110 must: (i) Be registered in SAM prior to submitting an application or plan; and (ii) Maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by FAS; and (iii) Provide its DUNS number in each application or plan it submits to FAS. FAS may not make an award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable unique entity identifier and SAM requirements, and if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time FAS is ready to make the award, FAS may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive an award and use that determination as a basis for making an award to another applicant. Similarly, in accordance with 2 CFR part 170, each entity that applies to the Cooperator program and does not qualify for an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b) must ensure it has the necessary processes and systems in place to comply with the applicable reporting requirements of 2 CFR part 170 should it receive funding under the Cooperator program. 4. Submission Dates and Times: All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Friday, June 28, 2019. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:49 May 24, 2019 Jkt 247001 E. Application Review Information 1. Criteria and Review and Selection Process: A description of the FAS process for reviewing applications and the criteria for allocating available Cooperator program funds is as follows: (1) Phase 1—Sufficiency Review and FAS Divisional Review Applications received by the closing date will be reviewed by FAS to determine the eligibility of the applicants and the completeness of the applications. These requirements appear in sections 1484.14 and 1484.20 of the Cooperator program regulations as well as in this Notice. Applications that meet the requirements will be further evaluated by the appropriate Commodity Branch office of FAS’ Cooperator Programs Division. The Commodity Branch will review each application against the criteria listed in section 1484.21 of the Cooperator program regulations as well as in this Notice. The purpose of this review is to identify meritorious proposals. The Commodity Branch then recommends an appropriate funding level for each application for consideration by the Office of the Deputy Administrator, Office of Trade Programs. (2) Phase 2—Competitive Review Meritorious applications are passed on to the Office of the Deputy Administrator, Office of Trade Programs, for the purpose of allocating available funds among those applicants. Applicants will compete for funds on the basis of the following allocation criteria as appropriate (the number in parentheses represents the percentage weight factor): (a) Applicant’s Contribution Level (40): The applicant’s 6-year average share (2015–2020) of all contributions under the Cooperator program compared to the applicant’s 6-year average share (2015–2020) of the funding level for all Cooperator program participants. (b) Past U.S. Export Performance (20): The 6-year average share (2014–2019) of the value of U.S. exports promoted by the applicant compared to the applicant’s 6-year average share (2014– 2019) of the funding level for all Cooperator participants plus, for those groups participating in the MAP program, the 6-year average share (2014–2019) of all MAP budgets. (c) Past Demand Expansion Performance (20): The 6-year average share (2014–2019) of the total value of world trade of the commodities promoted by the applicant compared to the applicant’s 6-year average share PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (2014–2019) of all Cooperator program expenditures plus, for those groups participating in the MAP program, a 6year average share (2014–2019) of all MAP expenditures. (d) Future Demand Expansion Goals (10): The total dollar value of projected world trade of the commodities being promoted by the applicant for the year 2025 compared to the applicant’s requested funding level. (e) Accuracy of Past Demand Expansion Projections (10): The actual dollar value share of world trade of the commodities being promoted by the applicant for the year 2018 as reported in the 2020 Cooperator program application compared to the projection of world trade of the commodities being promoted by the applicant for 2018 as specified in the applicant’s 2015 Cooperator program application. The Commodity Branches’ recommended funding levels for each applicant are adjusted by each weight factor as described above to determine the amount of funds allocated to each applicant. In addition, FAS, prior to making a Federal award with a total amount of Federal share greater than the simplified acquisition threshold, is required to review and consider any information about the applicant that is in the designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM (currently FAPIIS) (see 41 U.S.C. 2313). An applicant, at its option, may review information in the designated integrity and performance systems accessible through SAM and comment on any information about itself that a Federal awarding agency previously entered and is currently in the designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM. FAS will consider any comments by the applicant, in addition to the other information in the designated integrity and performance system, in making a judgment about the applicant’s integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards when completing the review of risk posed by applicants as described in 2 CFR 200.205 ‘‘Federal awarding agency review of risk posed by applicants.’’ F. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices: FAS will notify each applicant in writing of the final disposition of its application. FAS will send an approval letter and project agreement to each approved applicant. The approval letter and project agreement will specify the terms and conditions applicable to the project, including the levels of Cooperator program funding and cost-share E:\FR\FM\28MYN1.SGM 28MYN1 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 28, 2019 / Notices contribution requirements. All successful applicants for all grant and cooperative agreements are required to comply with the Standard Administrative Terms and Conditions, which are available online at: https:// www.fas.usda.gov/grants/general_ terms_and_conditions/default.asp. The applicable Standard Administrative Terms and Conditions will be those in effect for the year in which the award was originally made unless explicitly stated otherwise in subsequent mutually-agreed amendments to the award. Before accepting the award, the potential awardee should carefully read the approval letter and program agreement for instructions on administering the grant award and the terms and conditions associated with responsibilities under Federal Awards. Recipients must accept all conditions in this NOFA as well as any special terms and conditions in the approval letter and program agreement to receive an award under this program. 2. Reporting: FAS requires various reports and evaluations from Cooperators. Required reports include an annual contributions report that identifies contributions made by the Cooperator and the U.S. industry during that marketing plan year. All Cooperators must also complete at least one program evaluation each year and must provide program success stories on an annual basis, or more often when appropriate or required by FAS. There are additional reporting requirements for trip reports, evaluation reports, and research reports. Reporting requirements are detailed in the Cooperator program regulations in sections 1484.53, 1484.70, and 1484.72 of the Cooperator program regulations. 3. Federal Financial Reporting Requirements: The Federal Financial Reporting Form (FFR) is available online at: https://www.gsa.gov/portal/ forms/download/149786. 4. Monitoring: FAS through its authorized representatives, has the right, at all reasonable times, to make site visits to review project accomplishments and management control systems and to provide such technical assistance as may be required. During site visits, FAS will review grant recipients’ files related to the grantfunded program. As part of any monitoring and program evaluation activities, grant recipients must permit FAS, upon reasonable notice, to review grantrelated records and to interview the organization’s staff and clients regarding the program, and to respond in a timely and accurate manner to FAS requests for VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:49 May 24, 2019 Jkt 247001 information relating to their grant program. G. Agency Contact(s) 1. Application Submission Contact(s) and Program Support: For additional information and assistance, contact the Program Operations Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture by courier: Room 6512, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250, or by phone: (202) 720–4327, or by fax: (202) 720–9361, or by e-mail: podadmin@fas.usda.gov. 2. Grants Management Contact(s): Eric Bozoian, Grants Management Specialist, Foreign Agricultural Service, United States, Department of Agriculture, Email: Eric.Bozoian@ fas.usda.gov, Office: (202) 378–1054. Dated: May 21, 2019. Clay Hamilton, Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service. Dated: May 21, 2019. Bill Northey, President, Commodity Credit Corporation. [FR Doc. 2019–11023 Filed 5–24–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–10–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Commodity Credit Corporation Foreign Agricultural Service Notice of Funding Opportunity: Inviting Applications for the Market Access Program The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting applications for the 2020 Market Access Program (MAP). The MAP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) on behalf of CCC. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit proposals from eligible applicants for fiscal year 2020 and to set out the criteria for the awarding of funds under the program. DATES: All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Friday, June 28, 2019. Applications received after this date will not be considered. FAS anticipates that the initial funding selections will be made by the end of October 2019, with the initial award dates estimated to be by the end of December 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Applicants needing assistance should contact the Program Operations Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service by courier: Room 6512, 1400 Independence Ave. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24467 SW, Washington, DC 20250, or by phone: (202) 720–4327, or by fax: (202) 720–9361, or by email: uesadmin@ fas.usda.gov. Information, including a copy of the program regulations, is also available on the FAS website at the following URL address: http:// www.fas.usda.gov/programs/marketaccess-program-map. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Funding Opportunity Description Announcement Type: New. Award Instrument: Grant. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.601. Authorizing Authority: The MAP is authorized under Section 203(b) of the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978 (7 U.S.C. 5623(b)), as amended. MAP regulations appear at 7 CFR part 1485. Appropriation Authority: Funding for the MAP is provided under 7 U.S.C. 5623(f). Purpose: The MAP is designed to encourage the development, maintenance, and expansion of commercial export markets for United States agricultural commodities and products through cost-share assistance. Under the MAP, FAS enters into agreements with eligible Participants to share the cost of certain overseas marketing and promotion activities. Financial assistance under the MAP is made available on a competitive basis, and applications are reviewed against the evaluation criteria contained herein and in the MAP regulations. All U.S. agricultural commodities, except tobacco, are eligible for consideration. FAS allocates funds in a manner that effectively supports the strategic decision-making initiatives of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993. In deciding whether a proposed project will contribute to the effective creation, expansion, or maintenance of foreign markets, FAS considers whether the applicant provides a clear, long-term agricultural trade strategy and an effective program time line against which results can be measured at specific intervals using quantifiable product or country goals. FAS also considers the extent to which a proposed project targets markets with the greatest growth potential. These factors are part of the FAS resource allocation strategy to fund applicants who can best demonstrate performance and address the objectives of the GPRA. Funding Available: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 provides no less than $200 million for MAP for each of the fiscal years FY 2019 through FY 2023. E:\FR\FM\28MYN1.SGM 28MYN1

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[FR Doc No: 2019-11023]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Commodity Credit Corporation

Foreign Agricultural Service


Notice of Funding Opportunity: Inviting Applications for the 
Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program

SUMMARY: The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is 
inviting proposals for the 2020 Foreign Market Development Cooperator 
(Cooperator) program. The Cooperator program is administered by 
personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) on behalf of CCC. 
The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from 
eligible applicants for fiscal year 2020 and to set out criteria for 
the awarding of funds under the program.

DATES: All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight 
Time, Friday, June 28, 2019. Applications received after this date will 
not be considered. FAS anticipates that the initial funding selections 
will be made by the end of October 2019, with the initial award dates 
estimated to be by the end of December 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Applicants needing assistance should 
contact the Program Operations Division, Office of Trade Programs, 
Foreign Agricultural Service by courier: Room 6512, 1400 Independence 
Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250, or by phone: (202) 720-4327, or by fax: 
(202) 720-9361, or by email: [email protected]. Information, 
including a copy of the program regulations, is also available on the 
FAS website at the following URL address: http://www.fas.usda.gov/programs/foreign-market-development-program-fmd.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Funding Opportunity Description

    Announcement Type: New.
    Award Instrument: Grant.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.600.
    Authorizing Authority: The Cooperator program is authorized by 
Section 203(c) of the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978 (7 U.S.C. 
5623(c)), as amended. Cooperator program regulations appear at 7 CFR 
part 1484.
    Appropriation Authority: Funding for the Cooperator program is 
provided under 7 U.S.C. 5623(f).
    Purpose: The Cooperator program is designed to maintain and develop 
foreign markets for United States agricultural commodities and products 
through cost-share assistance. Financial assistance under the 
Cooperator program will be made available on a competitive basis and 
applications will be reviewed against the evaluation criteria contained 
herein and in the Cooperator program regulations. All U.S. agricultural 
commodities, except tobacco, are eligible for consideration.
    FAS allocates funds in a manner that effectively supports the 
strategic decision-making initiatives of the Government Performance and 
Results Act (GPRA) of 1993. In deciding whether a proposed project will 
contribute to the effective creation, expansion, or maintenance of 
foreign markets, FAS considers whether the applicant provides a clear, 
long-term agricultural trade strategy and an effective program time 
line against which results can be measured at specific intervals using 
quantifiable product or country goals. FAS also considers the extent to 
which a proposed project targets markets with the greatest growth 
potential. These factors are part of the FAS resource allocation 
strategy to fund applicants who can demonstrate performance and address 
the objectives of the GPRA.

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    Funding Available: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 provides 
no less than $34.5 million for the Cooperator program for each of the 
fiscal years (FY) 2019 through FY 2023.

B. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Organizations: To participate in the Cooperator 
program, an applicant must be a nonprofit U.S. agricultural trade 
organization. Funding priority is given to organizations that have the 
broadest possible producer representation of the commodity being 
promoted and that are nationwide in membership and scope.
    2. Eligible Activities: Under the Cooperator program, FAS enters 
into agreements with eligible nonprofit U.S. trade organizations to 
share the cost of certain overseas marketing and promotion activities. 
Cooperators may receive assistance only for generic activities that do 
not involve promotions targeted directly to consumers purchasing in 
their individual capacity. The Cooperator program generally operates on 
a reimbursement basis.
    3. Limits on Activities: Cooperator program activities are approved 
for a single program year, with the approval dates specified in the 
allocation approval letter that is provided as part of the award 
approval package. Only those Cooperator program activities that are 
approved in each applicant's allocation approval letter may be 
implemented, and those activities must be implemented during the 12-
month program year specified in the allocation approval letter. 
Requests for activity changes during the program year must be approved 
in advance by FAS. Cooperator program participants must re-apply for 
the program every year.
    4. Funding Restrictions: Certain types of expenses are not eligible 
for reimbursement by the program, and there are limits on other 
categories of expenses. FAS also will not reimburse unreasonable 
expenditures or expenditures made prior to approval. Full details are 
available in sections 1484.54 and 1484.55 of the Cooperator program 
regulations.
    5. Cost-Sharing: To participate in the Cooperator program, an 
applicant must agree to contribute resources to its proposed 
promotional activities. The Cooperator program is intended to 
supplement, not supplant, the efforts of the U.S. private sector. The 
contribution must be at least 50 percent of the value of resources 
provided by FAS for activities conducted under the project agreement.
    The degree of commitment of an applicant to the promotional 
strategies contained in its application, as represented by the cost-
share contributions specified therein, is considered by FAS when 
determining which applications will be approved for funding. Cost-share 
may be actual cash invested or in-kind contributions, such as 
professional staff time spent on the design and implementation of 
activities. The Cooperator program regulations, including sections 
1484.50 and 1484.51, provide detailed discussion of eligible and 
ineligible cost-share contributions.
    6. Other: Applications should include a justification for funding 
assistance from the program--an explanation as to what specifically 
could not be accomplished without federal funding assistance and why 
participating organization(s) are unlikely to carry out the project 
without such assistance.
    7. Intergovernmental Review: An intergovernmental review may be 
required. Applicants must contact their state's Single Point of Contact 
(SPOC) to comply with their state's process under Executive Order 12372 
(see http://www.fws.gov/policy/library/rgeo12372.pdf). To ensure 
currency, the names and addresses of the SPOCs are maintained at the 
Office of Management and Budget's home page at https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/SPOC-Feb.-2018.pdf.

C. Award Information

    Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): 10/01/2019.
    Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): 09/30/2023.
    It is anticipated that FAS will award approximately 25 awards under 
the 2020 Cooperator program, subject to programmatic approval and 
available funding. In general, all qualified proposals received before 
the submission deadline will compete for funding. FAS will review all 
proposals against the evaluation criteria contained in the program 
regulations.
    Funding for successful proposals will be provided through specific 
agreements. FAS must approve in advance any subsequent changes to the 
agreement.
    Within 90 days after the end of the period of performance, or after 
an amendment has been issued to close out a grant, whichever comes 
first, FAS will confirm that the participant has provided all of the 
required reports and will review the reports for completeness and 
content. Once the required reports are approved, FAS will prepare a 
closeout letter that advises the participant of the award closeout 
procedures. The notice will indicate the period of performance as 
closed, list any remaining funds that will be de-obligated, and address 
the requirement of maintaining the grant records for three years from 
the date of the final FFR.

D. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Submit Application Package: Organizations should 
submit their Cooperator program applications to FAS through the web-
based Unified Export Strategy (UES) system. The UES allows applicants 
to submit a single consolidated and strategically coordinated proposal 
that incorporates requests for funding under all of the FAS market 
development programs. The suggested UES format encourages applicants to 
examine the constraints or barriers to trade that they face, identify 
activities that would help overcome such impediments, consider the 
entire pool of complementary marketing tools and program resources, and 
establish realistic export goals. Applicants planning to use the UES 
must first contact FAS' Program Operations Division to obtain site 
access information. The web-based application may be found at the 
following URL address: https://www.fas.usda.gov/ues/webapp/.
    Applicants experiencing difficulty or otherwise needing assistance 
applying to the program should contact the Program Operations Division, 
Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service by courier: Room 
6512, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250, or by phone: 
(202) 720-4327, or by fax: (202) 720-9361, or by e-mail: 
[email protected].
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: To be considered for 
the Cooperator program, an applicant must submit to FAS an application 
package consisting of Standard Forms 424, ``Application for Federal 
Assistance'' (SF-424), and 424A, ``Budget Information--Non-Construction 
Programs'' (SF-424A), which are standard forms required for use as 
cover sheets for submission of applications and related information 
under discretionary programs, and the information required by Section 
1484.20 of the Cooperator program regulations. Incomplete applications 
or applications that do not otherwise conform to this announcement and 
the FMD regulations will not be accepted for review.
    In addition, any applicant that has not provided the following 
required certifications through the System for Award Management (SAM) 
must complete and provide them to FAS before the application can be 
approved for funding:

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    1. SF-424B, ``Assurances--Non-Construction Programs''
    2. AD-3030 and AD-3031, ``Representations Regarding Felony 
Conviction and Tax Delinquent Status For Corporate Applicants''
    3. AD-1047, ``Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and 
Other Responsibility Matters''
    4. AD-1049 or AD-1052 (as appropriate), ``Certification Regarding 
Drug-Free Workplace Requirements''
    5. Certification Regarding Lobbying. If paragraph 2 of the 
certification applies, then the form SF-LLL, ``Disclosure of Lobbying 
Activities'' must also be completed and submitted.
    3. Other Required Information: In accordance with the Office of 
Management and Budget's policy (68 FR 38402 (June 27, 2003)) regarding 
the need to identify entities that are receiving government awards, all 
applicants must submit a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering 
System (DUNS) number. An applicant may request a DUNS number at no cost 
by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at (866) 
705-5711.
    In addition, in accordance with 2 CFR part 25, each entity that 
applies to the Cooperator program and does not qualify for an exemption 
under 2 CFR 25.110 must:
    (i) Be registered in SAM prior to submitting an application or 
plan; and
    (ii) Maintain an active SAM registration with current information 
at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an 
application or plan under consideration by FAS; and
    (iii) Provide its DUNS number in each application or plan it 
submits to FAS.
    FAS may not make an award to an applicant until the applicant has 
complied with all applicable unique entity identifier and SAM 
requirements, and if an applicant has not fully complied with the 
requirements by the time FAS is ready to make the award, FAS may 
determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive an award and 
use that determination as a basis for making an award to another 
applicant.
    Similarly, in accordance with 2 CFR part 170, each entity that 
applies to the Cooperator program and does not qualify for an exception 
under 2 CFR 170.110(b) must ensure it has the necessary processes and 
systems in place to comply with the applicable reporting requirements 
of 2 CFR part 170 should it receive funding under the Cooperator 
program.
    4. Submission Dates and Times: All applications must be received by 
5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Friday, June 28, 2019. Applications 
received after the deadline will not be considered.

E. Application Review Information

    1. Criteria and Review and Selection Process: A description of the 
FAS process for reviewing applications and the criteria for allocating 
available Cooperator program funds is as follows:

(1) Phase 1--Sufficiency Review and FAS Divisional Review

    Applications received by the closing date will be reviewed by FAS 
to determine the eligibility of the applicants and the completeness of 
the applications. These requirements appear in sections 1484.14 and 
1484.20 of the Cooperator program regulations as well as in this 
Notice. Applications that meet the requirements will be further 
evaluated by the appropriate Commodity Branch office of FAS' Cooperator 
Programs Division. The Commodity Branch will review each application 
against the criteria listed in section 1484.21 of the Cooperator 
program regulations as well as in this Notice. The purpose of this 
review is to identify meritorious proposals. The Commodity Branch then 
recommends an appropriate funding level for each application for 
consideration by the Office of the Deputy Administrator, Office of 
Trade Programs.

(2) Phase 2--Competitive Review

    Meritorious applications are passed on to the Office of the Deputy 
Administrator, Office of Trade Programs, for the purpose of allocating 
available funds among those applicants. Applicants will compete for 
funds on the basis of the following allocation criteria as appropriate 
(the number in parentheses represents the percentage weight factor):
    (a) Applicant's Contribution Level (40): The applicant's 6-year 
average share (2015-2020) of all contributions under the Cooperator 
program compared to the applicant's 6-year average share (2015-2020) of 
the funding level for all Cooperator program participants.
    (b) Past U.S. Export Performance (20): The 6-year average share 
(2014-2019) of the value of U.S. exports promoted by the applicant 
compared to the applicant's 6-year average share (2014-2019) of the 
funding level for all Cooperator participants plus, for those groups 
participating in the MAP program, the 6-year average share (2014-2019) 
of all MAP budgets.
    (c) Past Demand Expansion Performance (20): The 6-year average 
share (2014-2019) of the total value of world trade of the commodities 
promoted by the applicant compared to the applicant's 6-year average 
share (2014-2019) of all Cooperator program expenditures plus, for 
those groups participating in the MAP program, a 6-year average share 
(2014-2019) of all MAP expenditures.
    (d) Future Demand Expansion Goals (10): The total dollar value of 
projected world trade of the commodities being promoted by the 
applicant for the year 2025 compared to the applicant's requested 
funding level.
    (e) Accuracy of Past Demand Expansion Projections (10): The actual 
dollar value share of world trade of the commodities being promoted by 
the applicant for the year 2018 as reported in the 2020 Cooperator 
program application compared to the projection of world trade of the 
commodities being promoted by the applicant for 2018 as specified in 
the applicant's 2015 Cooperator program application.
    The Commodity Branches' recommended funding levels for each 
applicant are adjusted by each weight factor as described above to 
determine the amount of funds allocated to each applicant.
    In addition, FAS, prior to making a Federal award with a total 
amount of Federal share greater than the simplified acquisition 
threshold, is required to review and consider any information about the 
applicant that is in the designated integrity and performance system 
accessible through SAM (currently FAPIIS) (see 41 U.S.C. 2313). An 
applicant, at its option, may review information in the designated 
integrity and performance systems accessible through SAM and comment on 
any information about itself that a Federal awarding agency previously 
entered and is currently in the designated integrity and performance 
system accessible through SAM. FAS will consider any comments by the 
applicant, in addition to the other information in the designated 
integrity and performance system, in making a judgment about the 
applicant's integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under 
Federal awards when completing the review of risk posed by applicants 
as described in 2 CFR 200.205 ``Federal awarding agency review of risk 
posed by applicants.''

F. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: FAS will notify each applicant in writing of the 
final disposition of its application. FAS will send an approval letter 
and project agreement to each approved applicant. The approval letter 
and project agreement will specify the terms and conditions applicable 
to the project, including the levels of Cooperator program funding and 
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contribution requirements. All successful applicants for all grant and 
cooperative agreements are required to comply with the Standard 
Administrative Terms and Conditions, which are available online at: 
https://www.fas.usda.gov/grants/general_terms_and_conditions/default.asp. The applicable Standard Administrative Terms and 
Conditions will be those in effect for the year in which the award was 
originally made unless explicitly stated otherwise in subsequent 
mutually-agreed amendments to the award.
    Before accepting the award, the potential awardee should carefully 
read the approval letter and program agreement for instructions on 
administering the grant award and the terms and conditions associated 
with responsibilities under Federal Awards. Recipients must accept all 
conditions in this NOFA as well as any special terms and conditions in 
the approval letter and program agreement to receive an award under 
this program.
    2. Reporting: FAS requires various reports and evaluations from 
Cooperators. Required reports include an annual contributions report 
that identifies contributions made by the Cooperator and the U.S. 
industry during that marketing plan year. All Cooperators must also 
complete at least one program evaluation each year and must provide 
program success stories on an annual basis, or more often when 
appropriate or required by FAS. There are additional reporting 
requirements for trip reports, evaluation reports, and research 
reports. Reporting requirements are detailed in the Cooperator program 
regulations in sections 1484.53, 1484.70, and 1484.72 of the Cooperator 
program regulations.
    3. Federal Financial Reporting Requirements: The Federal Financial 
Reporting Form (FFR) is available online at: https://www.gsa.gov/portal/forms/download/149786.
    4. Monitoring: FAS through its authorized representatives, has the 
right, at all reasonable times, to make site visits to review project 
accomplishments and management control systems and to provide such 
technical assistance as may be required. During site visits, FAS will 
review grant recipients' files related to the grant-funded program.
    As part of any monitoring and program evaluation activities, grant 
recipients must permit FAS, upon reasonable notice, to review grant-
related records and to interview the organization's staff and clients 
regarding the program, and to respond in a timely and accurate manner 
to FAS requests for information relating to their grant program.

G. Agency Contact(s)

    1. Application Submission Contact(s) and Program Support: For 
additional information and assistance, contact the Program Operations 
Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture by courier: Room 6512, 1400 Independence Ave. 
SW, Washington, DC 20250, or by phone: (202) 720-4327, or by fax: (202) 
720-9361, or by e-mail: [email protected].
    2. Grants Management Contact(s): Eric Bozoian, Grants Management 
Specialist, Foreign Agricultural Service, United States, Department of 
Agriculture, Email: [email protected], Office: (202) 378-1054.

    Dated: May 21, 2019.
Clay Hamilton,
Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.
    Dated: May 21, 2019.
Bill Northey,
President, Commodity Credit Corporation.
[FR Doc. 2019-11023 Filed 5-24-19; 8:45 am]
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