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.

Press Release: CDFA Now Accepting Proposals For 2019 Specialty Crop Grants
2019 Request for Concept Proposalsdue November 2, 2018 by 5 p.m. PST

2019 SCBGP Concept Proposal Questions and Answers (Q&A Round 3) – October 31, 2018

Concept Proposal Presentations
Solicitation Process – Slides or MP4 Video
Concept Proposal Application – Slides or MP4 Video
Outcome Measures – Slides or MP4 Video
FAAST Demonstration – Slides or MP4 Video
California Grown – Slides or MP4 Video
General Grant Writing Tips – Slides or MP4 Video

Press Release: Technical Review Committee Members Wanted for 2019 SCBGP
2019 Technical Review Committee Application due October 26 by 5 p.m. PST

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

RFCP Required Templates
Outcome Measures Template
Budget Template

RFCP Supplements
Outcome Measures Supplement
Allowable and Unallowable Costs Table

RFCP Checklist