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.
Funding and Duration: Grant amounts range from $100,000 to $500,000. The maximum grant duration is two (2) years, eight (8) months, and grant funds cannot be expended before November 1, 2023, or after June 30, 2026*. Projects submitted to the Additional Assistance for Historically Underrepresented Organizations Program will range from $100,000 to $250,000. CDFA reserves the right to offer an award amount less than the amount requested.*Note, no-cost extension beyond June 30, 2026 are not available..
- 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. There is no limit on the number of concept proposals applicants may submit; however, each concept proposal must be for a wholly unique project.
Matching Funding Requirement:
Cost sharing is not a requirement of the SCBGP and is discouraged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. CDFA includes the ability to outline cost share in proposals so that unallowable costs and/or activities (such as projects that also benefit non-specialty crops) can demonstrate that SCBGP funds will not be used for these costs. Cost share is not required and, as an unscored question, does not impact whether projects will be awarded funding.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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