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 2018 Grant Awards page. Please email if you would like to be notified of future SCBGP funding opportunities.

2019 Request for Concept ProposalsThe 2019 Concept Proposal Application period is now closed.

2019 SCBGP Grant Proposal Instructions - by invitation only

2019 SCBGP Grant Proposal Questions & Answers, Round 3 (Q&A)February 6, 2019

Grant Proposal Webinar Recordings

Phase I – Concept Proposal
Release Request for Concept Proposals (RFCP) September 24, 2018
Workshops and webinars October 9, 2018 – October 18, 2018
Concept proposals due November 2, 2018 5:00 pm PDT
Phase II: Grant Proposal (by invitation only)
Invitation to submit grant proposals January 2019
Grant proposals due February 11, 2019, 5:00 pm PDT
Grant proposals to USDA for approval May 2019
Announce and Award Funding Fall 2019

Grant Proposal Required Templates
Project Objectives and Work Plan Template
Outcome Measures Template
Budget Narrative
Cost Share Template

Grant Proposal Supplements
2019 Allowable and Unallowable Costs and Activities Table
Fixed Amount Awards Supplement
Outcome Measures Supplement
Procuring Goods and Services
Solely Enhancing Specialty Crops

2019 GP Application Checklist