United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
06/11/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt
Grants to USA state and territory governments to expand market opportunities for specialty crops such as dried fruit, fruits and vegetables, nursery crops, horticulture, and tree nuts. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Applications must be submitted by the government agency, department, or commission that is responsible for agriculture within that state or territory.
SCBGP assists State departments of agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by:
For purposes of this FY 2021 RFA, USDA considers response to the COVID-19 pandemic necessary to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, and projects that respond to the pandemic are considered to be responsive to item 4 above, addressing local, regional, and national challenges confronting specialty crop producers.
For Farm Bill funding, States are encouraged to develop projects pertaining to the following issues affecting the specialty crop industry, as in prior years, and may also fund projects that respond specifically to COVID-19 impacts:
For H.R. 133 Stimulus funding, states are encouraged to prioritize projects that respond to COVID-19 impacts. This may include projects to organizations to assist farmworkers, projects to fund farmers, food businesses, and other relevant entities to respond to risks and supply chain disruptions, and other projects that meet the definition of a project as described in section 1.4.4 Definition of a Project (see: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2021_SCBGP_RFA.pdf#page=7).
Outreach to Identify Funding Priorities:
State departments of agriculture are encouraged to perform outreach to interested parties, including socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, new and beginning farmers or ranchers, veteran producers, and underserved communities, prior to the development and release of the State’s request for proposals or applications, through a transparent process of receiving and considering public comment to identify State SCBGP funding priorities. For more information, see:
A multi-state partnership is a project that implements activities with measurable outcomes that benefit two or more U.S. States and/or Territories. Multi-state partnerships are encouraged and should provide solutions to problems that cross state boundaries including, but not limited to, food safety; plant pests and disease; research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion.
Project(s) must solely enhance the competitiveness of US or US territory-grown specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets. See the SCBGP website for a definition of specialty crops and processed products, including a list of eligible specialty crops and ineligible commodities.
Applications for grant funds should describe how the project potentially affects and produces measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public rather than a single organization, institution, or individual.
For examples of acceptable farm bill funded projects and an explanation of allowable H.R. 133 Stimulus-funded projects, see: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2021_SCBGP_RFA.pdf#page=11
GrantWatch ID#: 181650
Expected Number of Awards: 112
Each State department of agriculture is eligible to receive an estimated base grant of approximately $243,001.17 (Farm Bill) and $323,333.33 (H.R. 133 Stimulus) and an amount based on the average of the most recent available value of specialty crop cash receipts in the State (2019 calendar year estimates) and the acreage of specialty crop production in the State (2017 Census of Agriculture).
Please refer to page 8 of the RFA (in Supporting Documents below) for a listing of available grant allocations.
For FY 2021, AMS is offering two mechanisms to fund applications under this solicitation, for varying periods of performance.
- Farm Bill Funds (annual funding):
-- Award Period: 3 years (September 30, 2021 - September 29, 2024)
- H.R. 133 Stimulus Funds (no-year funding):
-- Award Period: 4 years (No later than September 30, 2021 - September 29, 2025)
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
After closely reviewing this RFA in its entirety, applicants and other interested parties are encouraged to contact the SCBGP staff by e-mail with questions about the grant program at SCBlockGrants@usda.gov.
Applicants may also call the Grants.gov 24/7 toll-free support number 1-800-518-4726, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 2055 South Building
Washington, DC 20250-0264
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