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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

About the Grant Program

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides funding for projects to enhance the competitiveness of crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and nursery crops. 

Grant funding is provided by the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service. Grants range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $150,000. In addition, all applicants must provide a minimum match of 25 percent of the requested grant amount.

Food and agricultural non-profit organizations, associations or commodity groups, universities and research institutions are eligible to submit specialty crop proposals. Projects that have a focus on the benefit a particular commercial product, or provide a profit to a single organization, institution or individual will not be considered.

FY2022 & FY2023 Grant Timeline:

Remaining 2022 Award Timeline (All FY22 dollars have been allocated)
USDA approval (anticipated) September 2022
ODA issues approval letters to successful applicants and initiates contracting October 2022
Project work can begin (anticipated) November 1, 2022
Project end date September 29, 2024
Latest project end date (upon approved extension request) September 29, 2025
2023 Grant Proposals
SCBG Stakeholder Meeting  January 2023, Date TBD
Ohio's 2023 SCBG RFP Opens February 2023
Applications Due to ODA February 2023
SCBG Committee review and selection Spring 2023, Date TBD
ODA submits state plan to USDA for approval (Pending USDA deadline announcement) Spring 2023, Date TBD
2023 Award Timeline
USDA approval (anticipated) September 2023
ODA issues approval letters to successful applicants and initiates contracting October 2023
Project work can begin (anticipated) November 1, 2023
Project end date September 30, 2025
Latest project end date (upon approved extension request) September 29, 2026

Planning for Next Year (2023)

Ohio is seeking input on project priorities for the next Request for Proposals (RFP). Your suggestions will be used to help improve the competitive review process. Please submit comments to Ashley McDonald at SCBG@AGRI.OHIO.GOV by December 8, 2022, for consideration for FFY2023 SCBG RFP.

Reporting Dates (All Grant Years)

Download printable version here

Find your grant number at the top of the column, then locate the next report due.
Due Dates 2022 21SCBPOH1070 (2021 Stimulus)        21SCBPOH1033 (2021 Farm Bill)  AM200100XXXXG067 (2020) AM190100XXXXG021 (2019) AM180100XXXXG033 (2018)
  All Projects Projects 2021-07 through 2021-14 Projects 2021-01 through 2021-06 All Projects All Projects All Projects
Saturday, April 30, 2022     Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo
Saturday, July 30, 2022     Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo
Saturday, October 30, 2021     Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo
Thursday, December 1, 2022 NONE  ANNUAL REPORT or Quaterly (type TBD) ANNUAL REPORT FINAL REPORT OR SECOND ANNUAL FINAL REPORT FINAL REPORT  (pandemic extension)
Sunday, April 30, 2023 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo    
Sunday, July 30, 2023 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo    
Monday, October 30, 2023 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo    
Friday, December 1, 2023 ANNUAL REPORT ANNUAL REPORT  FINAL REPORT OR SECOND ANNUAL FINAL REPORT     
Tuesday, April 30, 2024 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo      
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo      
Wednesday, October 30, 2024 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo      
Sunday, December 1, 2024 FINAL REPORT OR SECOND ANNUAL FINAL REPORT OR SECOND ANNUAL FINAL REPORT       
Wednesday, April 30, 2025 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo        
Wednesday, July 30, 2025 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo        
Thursday, October 30, 2025 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo        
Monday, December 1, 2025 FINAL REPORT  FINAL REPORT         
Project recipients may request a third year to complete their project, if needed. Submitting a second annual report in lieu of a final will trigger an automatic extension.
Please submit all reports via email to SCBG@AGRI.OHIO.GOV with your grant project in the subject line.

Additional SCBG References

To view SCBG projects previously funded by USDA, visit https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/awards.

Full list of USDA approved Specialty Crops

NEW Specialty Crop Outcomes and Indicators (FY 2022 Grant Cycle and forward)

Specialty Crop Outcomes and Indicators  (FY 2018-2021 Grant Cycles)

2022 SCBG Reporting Documents

Final Performance Report Template

Annual Performance Report Template

2021 SCBG Reporting Documents

2021 SCBG Quarterly Report

2021 SCBG Reimbursement Form

2020 SCBG Reporting Documents

2020 SCBG Quarterly Report

2020 SCBG Reimbursement Form

2019 SCBG Reporting Documents

2019 SCBG Quarterly Report

2019 SCBG Reimbursement Form

2018 SCBG Reporting Documents

2018 SCBG Quarterly Report

2018 SCBG Reimbursement Form