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 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service website.

For a description of projects awarded, visit the Awards page.

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2024 Request For Concept Proposals

2024 SCBGP Schedule
Phase II: Grant Proposal (by invitation only)
Grant proposals to USDA for approval May 2024
Announce and Award Funding Fall 2024

Alert: Possible Scam: CDFA Grant Notifications Requesting Payment in Exchange for Grant Awards.

CDFA has been made aware of numerous scams 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).

Program Status


The application period for the 2024 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Grant Proposals is now closed.

Contact Us

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