California Department of Food and Agriculture

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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Press Release: CDFA Now Accepting Proposals For 2018 Specialty Crop Grants
2018 Request for Concept Proposalsdue October 13 by 5 p.m. PST

Attend our free workshops and webinars to learn more about the 2018 SCBGP!
2018 SCBGP Workshops Flyer
– email to register

Fresno Workshop: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Fresno County Farm Bureau, 1274 W. Hedges Avenue, Fresno, CA 93728

Monterey Workshop: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Monterey County Farm Bureau, 1140 Abbott Street, Suite c, Salinas, CA 93901

Webinar 1: Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Riverside Workshop: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Riverside County Farm Bureau, 21160 Box Springs Road, Suite 102, Moreno Valley, CA 92667

Webinar 2: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Sacramento Workshop: Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
CDFA Gateway Oaks Office, 2800 Gateway Oaks Drive, Room 101, Sacramento, CA 95833

Press Release: Technical Review Committee Members Wanted for 2018 SCBGP
2018 Technical Review Committee Applicationdue October 12 by 5 p.m. PST

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 2016 Grant Awards page. The 2017 SCBGP application period is closed and awards will be announced in Fall 2017. Please email if you would like to be notified of future SCBGP funding opportunities.

2018 Timeline
Phase I – Concept Proposal
Release Request for Concept Proposals September 12, 2017
Workshops and Webinars September 19-28, 2017
Concept Proposals Due October 13, 2017, 5:00 pm PST
Phase II – Grant Proposal
Invitation to Submit Grant Proposals January 2018
Grant Proposals Due February 5, 2018, 5:00 pm PST
Grant Proposals to USDA for Approval May 2018
Announce and Award Funding Fall 2018