The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is still open for 2016 applications, but only a few months remain to apply for funds. Through this program, eligible operations will be reimbursed up to 75% of their organic certification costs, not to exceed $750, for each NOP scope of organic certification. Any operation that is located within the United States and received organic certification between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 may apply for reimbursement. The Cost Share application deadline is October 31, 2016.
At this point, over 400 CCOF-certified members have applied. If you have not yet submitted an application, we encourage you to do so before the deadline. Whether or not your operation needs the funds, consider applying for cost share—applying helps ensure future funding and program availability for small businesses trying to succeed in the organic marketplace.
CCOF has provided all Cost Share forms and instructions, including a checklist to mark your progress, to help you get your reimbursement even faster! Visit our Cost Share page to learn more about cost share and how to apply.