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 SCBGP Additional Assistance for Historically Underrepresented Organizations (Additional Assistance) Program
The intent of the Additional Assistance Program is to provide a process through which organizations that have been historically underrepresented in the SCBGP can participate and successfully implement their SCBGP projects. Eligibility for the Additional Assistance Program includes non-profit organizations, Tribal governments (federally and non-federally recognized), and K-12 school districts that have not previously received SCBGP funding, do not have technical expertise with grant writing, and who work directly in either supporting underserved and beginning farmers or providing nutrition education and/or access to specialty crops in underserved communities.
Applicants are eligible to receive technical assistance on the Additional Assistance Program application and should email email@example.com as soon as possible to begin receiving assistance with their Concept Proposal.
2024 Request for Concept Proposals – Additional Assistance for Historically Underrepresented Organizations Program – CLOSED
2024 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (Conventional)
2024 Request for Concept Proposals - CLOSED
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
2024 SCBGP Schedule
|Phase I: Concept Proposal||Concept Proposals Due||September 7, 2023, 5:00 p.m. PT via AmpliFund|
|Additional Assistance Program Applications Due||September 20, 2023, 5:00 p.m. PT via email email@example.com|
|Phase II: Grant Proposal
(by invitation only)
|Invitation to submit Grant Proposals||December 2023|
|Grant Proposals due||January 2024|
|Grant Proposals to USDA for approval||May 2024|
|Award||Announce and award funding||Fall 2024|
The application period for the
2024 Specialty Crop Block
Grant Program (Conventional)
is now closed.
The application period for the 2024 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Additional Assistance for Historically Underrepresented Organizations Program is closed.
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Office of Grants Administration
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Tel: (916) 657-3231