California Department of Food and Agriculture

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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

2018 SCBGP Concept Proposal Questions and Answers (Q&A) – October 11, 2017

Press Release: California Department of Food and Agriculture Extends Proposal Deadline for 2018 Specialty Crop Grants
2018 Request for Concept Proposalsdue October 25 by 5 p.m. PST

Concept Proposal Presentations
Solicitation Process – Slides or MP4 Video (19:03, 20.4 MB)
Concept Proposal Application – Slides or MP4 Video (23:38, 21.8 MB)
FAAST Demonstration – Slides or MP4 Video (12:52, 26.3 MB)
General Grant Writing Tips – Slides or MP4 Video (15:01, 14.9 MB)

Press Release: Technical Review Committee Members Wanted for 2018 SCBGP
2018 Technical Review Committee Applicationdue October 12 by 5 p.m. PST
Email completed applications and resumes to

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 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