Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) conducts an annual competitive solicitation process to award Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds to projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of California specialty crops. Specialty crops are fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture). For a list of eligible and ineligible commodities, visit the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service website.

For a description of projects awarded, visit the Past Year Awards page. Please email grants@cdfa.ca.gov if you would like to be notified of future SCBGP funding opportunities.

Phase I – Concept Proposal
Release Request for Concept Proposals (RFCP) September 24, 2018
Workshops and webinars October 9, 2018 – October 18, 2018
Concept proposals due November 2, 2018 5:00 pm PDT
Phase II: Grant Proposal — by invitation only
Invitation to submit grant proposals January 2019
Grant proposals due February 11, 2019, 5:00 pm PDT
Grant proposals to USDA for approval May 2019
Announce and Award Funding Fall 2019