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.

2023 SCBGP Concept Proposal

Press Release: CDFA Now Accepting Proposals for the 2023 SCBGP Grants and Technical Review Committee

2023 Request for Concept Proposalsdue September 16 by 5 p.m. PT

2023 SCBGP AmpliFund Concept Proposal Application

Attend the free webinars to learn more about the 2023 SCBGP!

The webinar series is into two separate webinars. Participation in both webinars is highly recommended. To register, please click on the link of the corresponding webinar that you would like to attend. 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 in the Handouts section via GoToWebinar at the start of the webinar session. If you have any questions regarding the webinars, please email grants@cdfa.ca.gov.

Webinar Topic Date Time  
Solicitation Process Wednesday, August 24, 2022 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT Click here to register.
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PT
Tuesday, September 6, 2022 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT
Concept Proposal Application in Amplifund and Outcome Measures/Budget Sections Thursday, August 25, 2022 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT Click here to register.
Thursday, September 1, 2022 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. PT
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT
Monday, September 13, 2022 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT

Additional Assistance for Historically Underrepresented Organizations Program Webinar Schedule

Date Time  
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT Click here to register.
Monday, August 29, 2022 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT Click here to register.

Proposal Supplements

SCBGP Frequently Asked Questions
Allowable and Unallowable Costs and Activities Table
Outcome Measures Supplement
Procuring Goods and Services
Amplifund User Guide

2023 SCBGP Technical Review Committee

2023 Technical Review Committee Application – due September 23, 2022

2022 SCBGP Awards – Application period is closed
Announce and Award Funding Fall 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 2023 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Concept Proposals is now open.

Contact Us

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