The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now open for 2019 applications!
All currently certified organic entities in the United States are eligible to apply for a refund of 75% of their certification-related costs paid between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019, including inspection fees, up to a maximum of $750 per certification or certified scope. Eligible scopes are crops, wild crops, livestock, and processing/handling. Operations located in California can also receive a refund of their State Organic Program registration fees.
CCOF encourages all members to apply for the refunds, whether your operation needs the funds or not. Cost Share helps keep organic certification accessible for all, from the smallest to largest organic operations. Wide participation in the program tells policymakers that the program is important to fund in future years.
The Cost Share program distributes federal funds through state departments of agriculture. Find the right contact for your state.
To make it even easier, CCOF has compiled all cost share forms into a single packet to help you fill out your forms, including prepared summaries with your required information!
Cost Share application deadline is October 31, 2019.
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.