News Release
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Media Contacts:
Steve Lyle, CDFA Public Affairs, (916) 654-0462 or slyle@cdfa.ca.gov
CDFA NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR $15 MILLION IN GRANTS TO ENHANCE THE COMPETITIVENESS OF SPECIALTY CROPS
CDFA
Release #09-019
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Food and Agriculture is seeking proposals for a grant program designed to enhance the competitiveness of the Golden State’s specialty crops.

Up to $15 million will be made available to award grant amounts ranging from $75,000 to $500,000 per project.  CDFA receives funding for this grant program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its Agricultural Marketing Service.

The competitive solicitation process begins with submission of concept proposals by eligible non-profit organizations; local, state and federal government entities; for-profit organizations; and universities.  Applicants with the most competitive proposals will be invited to participate in the second phase of the solicitation process by submitting a more formal application.

Applicants must access the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) at www.cdfa.ca.gov/grants for detailed solicitation and application instructions. To streamline and expedite the application process, CDFA is partnering with the California State Water Resources Control Board, which hosts an online application site using the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST). All applicants must register for a FAAST account at https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov.

For the purposes of this program, specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture).

Prospective applicants may contact CDFA’s Federal Funds Management Office at 916-657-3231 or grants@cdfa.ca.gov

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1220 N St., Ste. 214, Sacramento, CA 95814
916-654-0462, www.cdfa.ca.gov