California Department of Food and Agriculture

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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

2015 SCBGP Public Meeting Minutes

2015 Grant Proposals – By Invitation Only
Deadline: March 22, 2015, 11:59 p.m. PDT
2015 Grant Proposal Phase Questions and Answers (Q&A) – March 19, 2015

2015 Request For Concept Proposals – Application Period Closed
Deadline: December 5, 2014, 5:00 p.m. PST
2015 Concept Proposal Phase Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – December 3, 2014

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.

2015 Timeline
Phase I – Concept Proposal
October 30, 2014 Request for Concept Proposals
November 4-14, 2014 Workshops and Webinars
December 5, 2014 (5:00 p.m. PST) Concept Proposals Due

Phase II – Grant Proposal (by invitation only)
February 2015 Invitation to Submit Grant Proposals
February/March 2015 Grant Proposal Webinars
March 22, 2015 (11:59 p.m. PST) Grant Proposals Due
July 2015 Grant Proposals to USDA for Approval
October 2015 Announce and Award Funding