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Facilities for Costs Related to State and Federal Certification

Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG)

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

Conf. Date:

04/22/22

Deadline Date:

05/24/22 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities for costs related to state and federal certification. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to finalize. Eligible activities include modernizing facilities and equipment, meeting compliance requirements, meeting occupational and other safety requirements under applicable law, developing processes to ensure food safety, and accounting for costs associated with becoming an inspected facility.

The Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) program assists currently operational meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities in obtaining a Federal Grant of Inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) or the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA); or to operate as a State-inspected facility that is compliant with FMIA or PPIA under a respective Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program.

The MPIRG focuses on:

  • Improving meat and poultry slaughter and processing capacity and efficiency;
  • Developing new and expanding existing markets;
  • Increasing capacity and better meeting consumer and producer demand;
  • Maintaining strong inspection and food safety standards;
  • Obtaining a larger commercial presence; and
  • Increasing access to slaughter/processing facilities for smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers, veteran producers, and/or underserved communities.

AMS encourages applications that benefit smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, historically underserved producers, veteran producers, and/or historically underserved communities. For projects intending to support these entities, applicants should engage and involve those beneficiaries when developing projects and applications. 

Applicants must align their proposal to one of two project types, Planning for a Federal Grant of Inspection (PFGI) and Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program (CIS Program) Compliance. 

More on the project types can be found at https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2022_MPIRG_RFA.pdf#page=7.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197229

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$23,600,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 200

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award amount is $200,000.

Term of Contract:

As a condition of receiving an award, recipients have 36 months to:
A. Obtain a Federal Grant of Inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) or the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA), as applicable; or;
B. Comply with the Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program under FMIA (501 of that Act (21 U.S.C. 683) or PPIA (31 of that Act (21 U.S.C. 472); or
C. Make a good faith effort towards the activities provided above.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Consistent with 21 U.S.C. § 473, meat or poultry slaughter or processing facilities must be conducting business and processing eligible meat or poultry products at the location seeking a GOI or CIS at the time they submit the grant application to be eligible for the program. In addition, such facilities must be:
1. Seeking to obtain a Federal Grant of Inspection under the FMIA or PPIA in the 50 States, American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including those lands managed or owned by Tribal entities; or
2. Seeking to operate as a State-inspected facility compliant with the CIS program under either the FMIA or PPIA by the end of the period of performance.

Meat and poultry facilities that are NOT eligible to apply for the Federal Grant of Inspection Project type include:
- Those that are currently Federally-inspected (i.e. already have a Grant of Inspection) or become a Federally-inspected establishment prior to the grant application deadline.
- Those that only process non-amenable species.

Facilities that are NOT eligible for the CIS Compliance Project type include:
- Those in a State that DOES NOT participate in the CIS program.
- Those that process only Siluriformes (Catfish).
- Those that become eligible for inspection under the CIS Program prior to the grant application deadline.

Individuals are not eligible to apply for MPIRG funding.

Facilities which have been found, or may be found, to be unfit to obtain a grant of Federal or state or tribal equivalent inspection because of convictions, in a Federal or State court, of a felony, or multiple misdemeanors involving the acquisition, handling, or distribution of adulterated or misbranded meat or poultry products or fraud in connection with transactions in food, or other factors are not eligible for MPIRG funding.

Projects are not eligible for funding if the applicant plans to:
- Purchase or lease land.
- Construct/build a new facility.
- Duplicate activities of a project that has received a Federal award from another Federal award program.
- Claim expenses that have been or will be reimbursed under any Federal, State, or local government funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Program (MPIRG) Applicant Webinar

When: Friday, Apr 22, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: USDA, AMS announced $ 23.6 million in competitive grant funding for the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant program to assist currently operational meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities in obtaining a Federal Grant of Inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) or the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA); or to operate as a State-inspected facility that is compliant with FMIA or PPIA under a respective Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program. Register for this webinar: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_4UVW7oQ-STCSsCAXkenHiQ

Pre-Application Information:

Dates: Applications must be received on or before 11:59 pm Eastern Time May 24, 2022, through www.Grants.gov. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered for funding.

There is no match requirement for FY 2022.

The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, complete your registration allowing sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

1) Obtain a DUNS Number or Unique Entity Identifier (UEI): All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) or a Unique Entity Identifier from SAM.gov. Applicants must enter the DUNS number or UEI in the data entry field labeled "Organizational DUNS/UEI" on the SF-424 form. Entities that register as an individual will not be eligible for MPIRG funding.
2) Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through Grants.gov must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through Grants.gov. SAM.gov accounts must be updated annually, and your organization must have an active SAM.gov account to submit your application to Grants.gov.
3) Create a Grants.gov Account: The next step in the registration process is to create an account with Grants.gov. Applicants must know their organization's DUNS number to complete this process. Completing this process automatically triggers an email request for applicant roles to the organization's E-Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) for review. The EBiz POC is a representative from your organization who is the contact listed for SAM. To apply for grants on behalf of your organization, you will need the Authorized Organization Role.

Technical Assistance information:
https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/mppta

How to Apply:
https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/apply-for-a-grant

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=338944

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

After closely reviewing the RFA in its entirety, applicants and other interested parties are encouraged to contact the MPIRG staff listed below or at mpirg@usda.gov.

Team lead and grants management specialists:
Phone: Eric Bozoian
E-Mail: Eric.Bozoian@usda.gov

Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Program (MPIRG)
USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Stop 0267
Room 4534 South Building
Washington, DC 20250-0269

CFDA Number:

10.180

Funding or Pin Number:

USDA-AMS-TM-MPIRG-G-22-0001

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)

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