ATCP 161.63   Grant and loan terms and conditions.
ATCP 161.64   Grant and loan proposals.
ATCP 161.65   Evaluating grant proposals.
ATCP 161.66   Grant and loan contracts.
Ch. ATCP 161 Note Note: Chapter Ag 4 was renumbered chapter ATCP 161 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., Register, April, 1993, No. 448.
subch. I of ch. ATCP 161 Subchapter I — Agricultural Diversification and Development Program
ATCP 161.01 ATCP 161.01Purpose. This subchapter establishes procedural requirements for administration of the agricultural diversification and development grant program under s. 93.46, Stats.
ATCP 161.01 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1991, No. 425, eff. 6-1-91; am. Register, March, 1993, No. 447, eff. 4-1-93; am., Register, June, 1999, No. 522, eff. 7-1-99; CR 10-122: am. Register July 2011 No. 667, eff. 8-1-11.
ATCP 161.02 ATCP 161.02Definitions. As used in this subchapter:
ATCP 161.02(1) (1)“Department" means the state of Wisconsin department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection.
ATCP 161.02(2) (2)“Individual" means a natural person.
ATCP 161.02(3) (3)“Organization" means any of the following:
ATCP 161.02(3)(a) (a) A partnership, firm, association, corporation, or other legal entity.
ATCP 161.02(3)(b) (b) A cooperative organized under ch. 185, Stats., whether or not operated for profit.
ATCP 161.02(4) (4)“Sustainable agriculture" means agricultural methods, practices, or systems that promote the long term viability of agriculture by conserving available resources, minimizing the use of nonrenewable resources, or providing viable alternative uses of available resources.
ATCP 161.02 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1991, No. 425, eff. 6-1-91; am. (intro.); Register, March, 1993, No. 447, eff. 4-1-93; cr. (4), Register, June, 1999, No. 522, eff. 7-1-99.
ATCP 161.03 ATCP 161.03Grant requirements.
ATCP 161.03(1)(1)General. The department may award grants under s. 93.46, Stats., to individuals or organizations to fund demonstration projects, feasibility analyses, and applied research directed toward new products, technologies, and practices that will stimulate agricultural development and diversification of economic activity within agriculture.
ATCP 161.03(2) (2) Allowable purposes. The department may not award a grant under sub. (1) unless the project has at least one of the following purposes:
ATCP 161.03(2)(a) (a) Creation of jobs in the agricultural industry.
ATCP 161.03(2)(b) (b) New capital investment and expansion in the agricultural industry.
ATCP 161.03(2)(c) (c) Agricultural product market development and expansion.
ATCP 161.03(2)(d) (d) Diversification and expansion of the production, processing, and distribution of agricultural products.
ATCP 161.03(2)(e) (e) Commercial application of new technologies or practices related to agricultural products.
ATCP 161.03(2)(f) (f) Increased use of surplus agricultural products.
ATCP 161.03(2)(g) (g) Improvement of the competitive position of this state's agricultural industry.
ATCP 161.03(2)(h) (h) Efficient use of farmland and other agricultural resources.
ATCP 161.03(2)(i) (i) Fund demonstration projects that will encourage the use of sustainable agriculture.
ATCP 161.03(3) (3) Project limitations. The department may not award a grant to any project if the proposed length of the project exceeds 3 years. The total funding to a single project may not exceed $50,000. Individual applicants may cooperate with any public or private organization in conducting a project.
ATCP 161.03(4) (4) Project conducted in this state. The department may not award a grant under this chapter unless the grant is for a project conducted in this state.
ATCP 161.03 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1991, No. 425, eff. 6-1-91; cr. (2) (i), Register, June, 1999, No. 522, eff. 7-1-99.
ATCP 161.04 ATCP 161.04Grant terms and conditions.
ATCP 161.04(1)(1)General. The department shall establish appropriate terms and conditions for each grant based on the project for which the grant is awarded. Terms and conditions shall be designed to ensure that grant moneys are effectively used for the purposes awarded. The terms and conditions shall be included in the grant contract under s. ATCP 161.07.
ATCP 161.04(2) (2) Permitted uses of grant funds. Permitted uses for grant funds include the following:
ATCP 161.04(2)(a) (a) Operating expenses including salaries and wages, consulting services, travel, supplies and materials, and public information costs.
ATCP 161.04(2)(b) (b) Real estate rental payments. Real estate mortgage payments or land contract payments through which a grantee acquires equity in real estate are not a permitted use of grant funds.
ATCP 161.04(2)(c) (c) Equipment leases.
ATCP 161.04(2)(d) (d) Purchase of small or low cost equipment items which are normally depreciated within one year.
ATCP 161.04(2)(e) (e) Purchase of capital equipment. The amount awarded for this purpose in each year of the grant may not exceed the annual straight-line depreciation which would be allowed under generally accepted accounting principles for acquisitions of large capital equipment having a depreciation schedule longer than one year.
ATCP 161.04(3) (3) Prohibited uses of grant funds. Grant funds may not be used for any of the following, except as authorized under sub. (2):
ATCP 161.04(3)(a) (a) Capital acquisitions by the grantee such as the purchase of land, buildings, or machinery.
ATCP 161.04(3)(b) (b) Administrative overhead expense.
ATCP 161.04(3)(c) (c) Funding for business start-up costs or expansion.
ATCP 161.04(3)(d) (d) Business loan payments.
ATCP 161.04(4) (4) Matching contributions. The department may give preference to applicants providing matching funds in the form of capital, land, labor, equipment, or other eligible categories of expenses.
ATCP 161.04 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1991, No. 425, eff. 6-1-91.
ATCP 161.05 ATCP 161.05Application procedures.
ATCP 161.05(1)(1)Application periods. An individual or organization may file an application for an agricultural diversification or development grant between January 15 and March 15 of each calendar year. Additional application periods may be scheduled at other times at the discretion of the department.
ATCP 161.05(2) (2) Request for proposals. The department shall give notice of the annual and any additional application periods under sub. (1) by issuing a request for grant proposals. The department shall issue its request for grant proposals by mail to county agriculture extension agent offices, vocational, technical and adult education districts, the department of development, the Wisconsin housing and economic development authority, and other persons on its program mailing list compiled from inquiries concerning the grant program. The department shall also issue a press release announcing its request for proposals to news media likely to give notice to the public.
ATCP 161.05(3) (3) Application format. An application for a grant under this chapter shall be in the form prescribed by the department in its request for proposals. An application shall include all of the following:
ATCP 161.05(3)(a) (a) A cover page which includes:
ATCP 161.05(3)(a)1. 1. The name, address, and telephone number of the applicant.
ATCP 161.05(3)(a)2. 2. The title and brief description of the project.
ATCP 161.05(3)(a)3. 3. The amount of funding requested.
ATCP 161.05(3)(a)4. 4. The duration of the proposed project.
ATCP 161.05(3)(a)5. 5. The name and address of the principal contact person for the proposed project.
ATCP 161.05(3)(b) (b) A statement identifying the problem or opportunity to be addressed and the importance of the project to Wisconsin agricultural economic development and diversification.
ATCP 161.05(3)(c) (c) A project summary describing the project's objectives, expected results, economic benefits, the approach to be used in addressing the stated problem or opportunity, and the role the proposed project will play in achieving the objectives of the grant program.
ATCP 161.05(3)(d) (d) A specific statement of project purposes, which shall be consistent with one or more of the purposes under s. ATCP 161.03 (2).
ATCP 161.05(3)(e) (e) A discussion of the expected results from the proposed project, how those results relate to the objectives of the grant program, and how they will benefit agriculture.
ATCP 161.05(3)(f) (f) A work plan which identifies specific project tasks, a timetable for completing the tasks, and the persons responsible for completing the tasks.
ATCP 161.05(3)(g) (g) The practical or commercial applications of the proposed project, including any economic, environmental, or other benefits to agriculture which will result from the project.
ATCP 161.05(3)(h) (h) Names, addresses, occupations, and project-related qualifications of key personnel responsible for carrying out the proposed project.
ATCP 161.05(3)(i) (i) A budget containing line items for project costs by expenditure category, including supplies and services, facilities and equipment, and personnel costs subdivided by number and type of employees and hourly wages.
ATCP 161.05(4) (4) Public access to applications. All grant applications are open to public inspection after the awarding of grants. The department may withhold access to any application or portion of an application containing information qualifying as a trade secret as defined in s. 134.90 (1) (c), Stats.
ATCP 161.05 Note Note: Grant applicants must identify those portions of an application which contain a trade secret and claim the exemption from public inspection at the time of filing a grant application with the department.
ATCP 161.05 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1991, No. 425, eff. 6-1-91.
ATCP 161.06 ATCP 161.06Grant application review and award determination.
ATCP 161.06(1)(1)Review period. The department shall review each grant application submitted under this chapter. The department may require the applicant to provide additional information regarding the application as the department deems necessary. Within 90 days after the close of each application period, the department shall make its grant award decisions.
ATCP 161.06(2) (2) Award criteria. The department shall consider all of the following criteria in its review of grant applications:
ATCP 161.06(2)(a) (a) The extent to which the project will achieve one or more of the purposes in s. ATCP 161.03 (2).
ATCP 161.06(2)(b) (b) The viability of the proposed project.
ATCP 161.06(2)(c) (c) The perceived benefit of the project to agriculture or agribusiness.
ATCP 161.06(2)(d) (d) The management and technical qualifications of the applicant.
ATCP 161.06(2)(e) (e) The qualifications of the persons who will perform the work in carrying out the project.
ATCP 161.06(2)(f) (f) The financial capacity of the applicant to complete the project as proposed if the requested funding is granted.
ATCP 161.06(2)(g) (g) The adequacy of the project plan.
ATCP 161.06 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1991, No. 425, eff. 6-1-91.
ATCP 161.07 ATCP 161.07Grant contracts.
ATCP 161.07(1)(1)Contract required. A successful grant applicant shall enter into a contract with the department before any grant money is distributed to the applicant. No funding commitment is final until the contract is executed.
ATCP 161.07(2) (2) Contract provisions. A grant contract shall be reasonably designed to ensure that the grant recipient carries out the recipient's obligations with respect to the grant. The contract shall be signed by an authorized department official and by the applicant. The parties may amend the contract by mutual written consent.
ATCP 161.07(3) (3) Breach of contract. The department may void a contract and seek return of any funds released under the contract for failure by the award recipient to perform the recipient's obligations under the contract.
ATCP 161.07 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1991, No. 425, eff. 6-1-91; CR 10-122: am. (2) Register July 2011 No. 667, eff. 8-1-11.
ATCP 161.08 ATCP 161.08Reporting. Every contract under s. ATCP 161.07 shall set forth a schedule of progress reports and payments. Grant payments shall be made in installments, according to the contract payment schedule. A grant recipient shall provide the department with periodic written progress reports throughout the life of the contract. Installment payments shall be conditioned upon the receipt of progress reports, as provided in the contract. All financial and program reports become the property of the department and are open to public inspection.
ATCP 161.08 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1991, No. 425, eff. 6-1-91.
ATCP 161.09 ATCP 161.09Program administration. The department shall solicit, evaluate, and approve grant applications; enter into contracts; authorize contract payments; monitor compliance with contractual obligations and project activities of grantees; receive and review progress reports submitted under s. ATCP 161.08; and prepare research findings for public dissemination.
ATCP 161.09 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1991, No. 425, eff. 6-1-91.
ATCP 161.10 ATCP 161.10Application materials. The department shall provide application materials upon request to any individual or organization who wishes to apply for a grant. The application materials shall include pertinent instructions, requirements, and procedures under this chapter.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.