2021 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program H.R. 133 Stimulus Funding

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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.


Project Types

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Nonprofit
  • 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.


Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
January 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$250,000 – $1,000,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • Federal

Funding Source Notes:

10.170 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program - Farm Bill

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
1-916-657-3231, grants@cdfa.ca.gov