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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 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

CDFA is pleased to award $19.7 million in 2015 SCBGP funds for projects that will solely enhance the competitiveness of California specialty crops. For a description of projects awarded, visit the 2015 Grant Awards page. The 2016 SCBGP application period is currently closed and awards will be announced in October 2016. Please email grants@cdfa.ca.gov if you would like to be notified of future SCBGP funding opportunities.

2016 SCBGP Public Meeting Notice – May 26, 2016, 10:30 a.m. PDT

2016 Request for Concept Proposals – application period closed

2016 Grant Proposal Instructions – application period closed

2016 Timeline
Phase I – Concept Proposal
Release Request for Concept Proposals October 28, 2015
Workshops and Webinars November 2-13, 2015
Concept Proposals Due December 4, 2015, 5 p.m. PST
Phase II – Grant Proposal (by invitation only)
Invitation to Submit Grant Proposals February 2016
Grant Proposals Due March 20, 2016, 11:59 pm PST
Grant Proposals to USDA for Approval July 2016
AWARD
Announce and Award Funding October 2016