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 Grant Proposal

2022 Grant Proposal Instructions – by invitation only

Grant Proposal Webinars

Applicants invited to submit a grant proposal are strongly encouraged to attend one of the upcoming grant proposal webinars. To register, click on the link provided in the table below. When registering, you will be prompted to select the preferred date and time. Once registration is complete, a confirmation email will be sent containing information on how to join the webinar. Presentation materials will be provided via GoToWebinar at the start of the webinar session. If you have any questions regarding the webinars, please email grants@cdfa.ca.gov.

Grant Proposal Phase Webinars
Date Time Online Registration
Thursday, January 20, 2022 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PT Register for this webinar
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. PT

Grant Proposal Required Templates

2022 Request for Concept Proposals

2022 SCBGP Schedule
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
Announce and Award Funding Fall 2022

Proposal Supplements

2021 SCBGP H.R. 133 Stimulus Funding

2021 SCBGP H.R. 133 Stimulus Funding
Announce and Award Funding January 2022

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 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Grant Proposals is now open.

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