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
CDFA is pleased to award $19.7 million in 2015 SCBGP funds for projects that will solely enhance the competitiveness of California specialty crops. For a description of projects awarded, visit the 2015 Grant Awards page. The 2016 SCBGP application period is currently closed and awards will be announced in October 2016. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be notified of future SCBGP funding opportunities.
2016 Request for Concept Proposals – application period closed
2016 Grant Proposal Instructions – by invitation only
The deadline to submit grant proposals is Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 11:59 pm PDT.
2016 Grant Proposal Phase Questions and Answers (Q&A) – March 16, 2016
The deadline to submit questions was Monday, March 14, 2016 at 8:00 am PDT.
Grant Proposal Q&A is now closed.
Grant Proposal Webinar Recordings
Grant Proposal Process – Slides or MP4 Video (15:45, 12 MB)
Cost Sharing and Project Objectives – Slides or MP4 Video (6:38, 4 MB)
Outcome Measures – Slides or MP4 Video (11:20, 8 MB)
Budget Narrative – Slides or MP4 Video (20:34, 15 MB)
Fixed Amount Awards – Slides or MP4 Video (6:05, 4 MB)
|Phase I – Concept Proposal|
|Release Request for Concept Proposals||October 28, 2015|
|Workshops and Webinars||November 2-13, 2015|
|Concept Proposals Due||December 4, 2015, 5 p.m. PST|
|Phase II – Grant Proposal (by invitation only)|
|Invitation to Submit Grant Proposals||February 2016|
|Grant Proposals Due||March 20, 2016, 11:59 pm PST|
|Grant Proposals to USDA for Approval||July 2016|
|Announce and Award Funding||October 2016|