The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds projects that enhance the competitiveness of California specialty crops. The SCBGP is designed to support all sectors of California's specialty crop industry and improve the performance of California specialty crops within local, domestic, national, and international markets.
In addition to the regular SCBGP funding authorized by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“Farm Bill”) the United States Congress has awarded additional one-time SCBGP funding to state departments of agriculture due to the COVID-19 impacts on the food system under House Resolution 133 (“H.R. 133 Stimulus Funding”).
Funding and Duration
CDFA anticipates that up to $10 million will be awarded to projects enhancing the competitiveness of California specialty crops. Grant amounts range from $250,000 to $1,000,000. The maximum grant duration is three (3) years, and grant funds cannot be expended before January 1, 2022, or after December 31, 2024. CDFA reserves the right to offer an award amount different than the amount requested.
Projects must address at least one of the four project types developed by CDFA for SCBGP H.R. 133 grant proposals:
1) Projects that Promote Economic Recovery from COVID-19.
2) Projects that Assist Specialty Crop Farmers in Adapting to Ongoing Impacts of COVID-19.
3) Projects that Address Nutrition and Access Issues in Those Communities Most Impacted by COVID-19.
4) Projects that Secure the Long-Term Competitiveness of California Specialty Crops.
Grant proposals should:
Demonstrate a high likelihood of success.
Be scalable to the larger community.
Identify the specific and existing issue, problem, or need the project will address.
Demonstrate industry need and support.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
Non-profit and for-profit organizations; local, state, and federal government entities, including tribal governments; and public or private colleges and universities are eligible to apply. Individuals are not eligible to apply. Organizations may submit no more than one application for H.R. 133 Stimulus Funding.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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