Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

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CDFA has been made aware of scam emails soliciting payment from applicants to award grants. CDFA does not charge fees for application or administration of grants and awards are never made based on payments from applicants. If you believe you may be a victim of this effort, you are encouraged to contact your local law enforcement (Police or Sheriff’s Department).

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 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.

The 2020 SCBGP awards have been announced. For a description of projects awarded, visit the Awards page. Please email grants@cdfa.ca.gov if you would like to be notified of future SCBGP funding opportunities.

2021 Request for Concept Proposals
2021 SCBGP Grant Proposal Instructions – by invitation only

Applicants invited to submit a grant proposal are strongly encouraged to attend one of the upcoming grant proposal webinars. To register, click on the link provided in the table below. When registering, you will be prompted to select the preferred date and time. Once registration is complete, a confirmation email will be sent containing information on how to join the webinar. Presentation materials will be provided via GoToWebinar at the start of the webinar session. If you have any questions regarding the webinars, please email grants@cdfa.ca.gov.

Grant Proposal Required Templates
Budget Narrative
Cost Sharing
Outcome Measures
Project Objectives and Work Plan

Grant Proposal Supplements
2021 Allowable and Unallowable Costs and Activities Table
Outcome Measures Supplement
Procuring Goods and Services

Program Status


The application period for the 2021 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is now closed.

Contact Us

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Office of Grants Administration
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone: (916) 657-3231
Fax: (916) 653-0206