California Department of Food and Agriculture

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Specialty Crop Multi-State Program

CDFA Now Accepting Proposals For 2017 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program!
To assist Multi-State Partners, CDFA has developed the following documents:

 Application Instructions
 Cover Page Template
 Table of Contents Template
 Abstract Template
 Project Narrative Template
 Outcome Measures Template
 Budget Narrative Template
 Budget Spreadsheet Template

SCMP Webinar Presentation
SCMP Overview – Slides or MP4 Video (40:46, 32.8 MB)


The Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP) is a federal grant program offered by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The SCMP competitively funds projects to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through collaborative, multi-state projects that address regional or national level specialty crop issues, including food safety, plant pests and disease, research, crop-specific projects addressing common issues, and marketing and promotion.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture). For a comprehensive list of eligible and ineligible commodities, visit


Created by the 2014 Farm Bill, the SCMP will award approximately $7 million to projects that help develop solutions to problems affecting the specialty crop industry across state boundaries. Grant amounts range from $250,000 to $1 million and the maximum grant duration is three years. Applicants must select a project start date that falls within the 2017 calendar year. The end date will be three years from the determined start date.


Specialty crop producer associations and groups, other state agencies, Tribal government entities, universities, nonprofits, and other stakeholder groups and organizations are eligible to apply. Proposals must include partners (referred to as "multi-state partners") located in two different states to qualify for the program.

Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that directly benefit or provide a profit to a single organization, institution or individual.


Multi-state partners must review and prepare SCMP proposals in accordance with the 2017 SCMP Request for Applications (RFA).


The deadline to submit SCMP applications to California is 1:59 pm PDT on September 25, 2017. Proposals must be submitted electronically to The required format is a single-spaced, Times New Roman, 11 point font with 1 inch margins. Pages must be numbered in the right-hand bottom corner. The application must be submitted as a PDF. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.


A list of FAQs is located here: 2017 SCMP Frequently Asked Questions.
Email for additional questions regarding the SCMP.