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Market Development Cooperator Program
Get Up to $300,000 for Your Export Development Project!

MDCP Application

Ready to Start Your Application?

The Federal grant application process can be daunting, especially for first-time applicants.

We highly recommend that you meet with our MDCP team so we can help you verify your organization’s eligibility, brainstorm project ideas, and go over details related to the application process.

Our goal is to help you submit a successful MDCP application.

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MDCP Application and Proposal Process
  1. Ensure your organization is qualified and brainstorm ideas with us.
  2. Register on grants.gov.
    All applicants for federal financial assistance are required to register on grants.gov

Part A: Project Narrative

Page limit: 10, including an executive summary page

In the Project Narrative, Part A, you describe your project and why it will generate U.S. exports. We have created an example narrative to assist you.

Part A Project Narrative example for BARE, a fictional MDCP applicant:

Part B, Section 1: Budget Narrative

Page limit: 10

This section is the most error-prone of the application.

  • The example Excel file will help you create a budget for your proposed project.
  • Replace the green data with information specific to your project.
  • Add rows as needed.
  • The data that you enter will auto-populate the last two worksheets in the Excel file.
  • This will create mockups of Standard Forms 424 and 424A.
  • You will transfer the information from these worksheets to the appropriate forms in grants.gov.
  • All other worksheets will be uploaded to grants.gov in Part B, Section 1 of the application.

Part B, Section 1: Budget Narrative example for BARE, a fictional MDCP applicant:

The example budget shows how to structure the matching resources you are required to pledge. The federal share, the MDCP award, can account for no more than 33% of your total project budget. Your required match can be a mix of both cash and in-kind contribution. Find more detailed information about program income claimed as a cash match.

Part B, Section 2: Financial Statements

Page limit: 20

A PDF of your most recent audited financial statements (or equivalent) will need to be uploaded to grants.gov as a separate file. grants.gov will automatically refer to it as a budget attachment.

Part B, Section 2: Financial Statements example for BARE, a fictional MDCP applicant:

Part B, Section 3: Other Attachments

Page limit: 10

Everything that you do not submit in any other part of the application should go in Part B, Section 3. Documents you include here are not limited only to those that pertain directly to your budget.

Part B, Section 3: Other Attachments example for BARE, a fictional MDCP applicant:

Page limit: 10

You can locate the required forms at grants.gov. In the search tab in the top right of the grants.gov homepage, type “MDCP”. Open the entry for Market Development Cooperator Program and find the forms.

Prepare Parts A and B before you attempt to complete the forms at grants.gov. You won’t have all the information you need for the forms until you prepare your project narrative (Part A) and budget (Part B).

Complete the forms and upload all items.

Trouble with grants.gov?

grants.gov has an excellent help option. You can find it in the top right corner. We at ITA cannot help you with grants.gov.

If you are experiencing problems at the deadline, and you are not able to upload and submit via grants.gov, you can email your application to us directly at mdcp@trade.gov.

If you cannot submit via grants.gov, navigate to grants.gov, download the forms, and save them on your own device. Don’t forget to have the same authorized representative sign all forms that require a signature: SF-424, SF-424B, and CD-511. If you have trouble with e-signing, you can scan a form that was signed manually and submit it.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Review our frequently asked questions (FAQs) that are organized into a few key categories.
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Applicant Tools
Once you have your project description ready, review the tools on this page to prepare your application.
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Learn More
Find general information, past award winners, and successes on the MDCP home page.