Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

What is the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program?

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is a program of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) that funds for projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of California Specialty Crops. Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).

Who are eligible for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program?

CDFA is seeking Concept Proposals from eligible non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, local, state and federal government entities, including tribal governments, and public and private colleges and universities for proposals that solely benefit the production of and access to California specialty crops.

NOTE: Grant funds will not be awarded for proposals that directly benefit or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual.

Those entities that are non-profit or for-profit will be required to provide either verification of their non-profit status or a copy of a valid California Business License if invited to submit a Grant Proposal.

How to apply for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program?

Phase I, Concept Proposal:
In Phase I, applicants submit Concept Proposals for projects that enhance the competitiveness of California’s specialty crops. Applicants will use an electronic submission system to respond to a series of questions regarding their organization and their proposal.

Phase II, Grant Proposal:
Applicants will be invited to participate in Phase II, Grant Proposal. CDFA will advise all applicants whether or not they are invited to submit a Grant Proposal. Specific requirements and instructions regarding Grant Proposals will be included in the Invitation to Submit Grant Proposals notification.

How much funding is available for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program?

CDFA projects that up to $17 million will be awarded in grant amounts ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 per project. Grant funds will be available for 2 years, 9 months and cannot be expended before October 1, 2011 or after June 30, 2014.

Where to send applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program?

Applications are to be submitted using an electronic submission system at grants@cdfa.ca.gov.

For more information on the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, contact:

Federal Funds Management Office at (916) 657-3231 orgrants@cdfa.ca.gov.

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