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. Please email grants@cdfa.ca.gov if you would like to be notified of future SCBGP funding opportunities.


2022 SCBGP Concept Proposal

Press Release: CDFA Now Accepting Proposals for the 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grants

2022 Request for Concept Proposals

2022 SCBGP Concept Proposal Questions & Answers, Round 3 (Q&A) – October 5, 2021

Webinar Recordings

2022 SCBGP Schedule
Phase I: Concept Proposal
Release Request for Concept Proposals September 7, 2021
Webinars September 15, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Concept Proposals Due October 8, 2021 5:00 p.m. PT
Phase II: Grant Proposal (by invitation only)
Invitation to submit grant proposals January 2022
Grant proposals due February 14, 2022 5:00 p.m. PT
Grant proposals to USDA for approval May 2022
Awards
Announce and Award Funding Fall 2022

Proposal Supplements

2022 SCBGP Technical Review Committee

Technical Review Committee Application


2021 SCBGP H.R. 133 Stimulus Funding

2021 SCBGP H.R. 133 Stimulus Funding
Full Proposals
Announce Proposal Selection October 2021
Full Proposal Development October 2021 – November 2021
Proposals Submitted to USDA November 2021
Awards
Announce and Award Funding January 2022

2021 SCBGP Awards

2021 SCBGP Awards
Announce and award funding Fall 2021

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

Closed

The application period for the 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Concept Proposals 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
Grants@cdfa.ca.gov