California Department of Food and Agriculture

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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.

For a description of projects awarded, visit the 2017 Grant Awards page. Please email if you would like to be notified of future SCBGP funding opportunities.

2018 SCBGP Public Meeting Minutes

2018 Request for Concept Proposals – application period closed
2018 SCBGP Grant Proposal Instructions – by invitation only
2018 SCBGP Grant Proposal Questions & Answers, Round 3 (Q&A) – January 31, 2018

Grant Proposal Webinar Recordings
Grant Proposal Process – Slides or MP4 Video (18:17, 17.6 MB)
Project Objectives and Cost Share – Slides or MP4 Video (7:21, 7.42 MB)
Outcome Measures – Slides or MP4 Video (7:39, 7.88 MB)
Budget Narrative – Slides or MP4 Video (26:00, 25.7 MB)
Contractual Services – Slides or MP4 Video (6:46, 6.53 MB)

2018 Timeline
Phase I – Concept Proposal
Release Request for Concept Proposals September 12, 2017
Workshops and Webinars September 19-28, 2017
Concept Proposals Due October 25, 2017, 5:00 pm PST
Phase II – Grant Proposal
Invitation to Submit Grant Proposals January 2018
Grant Proposals Due February 5, 2018, 5:00 pm PST
Grant Proposals to USDA for Approval May 2018
Announce and Award Funding Fall 2018