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. Ohio's 2020 grant will open on Friday, March 20. 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.
Project proposals are sought that will advance the long-term economic viability of the state’s specialty crop industry, while increasing the marketability of specialty crops. Higher rankings will be given to projects that demonstrate profit potential for growers and that could boost employment opportunities in the specialty crop industry.
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.
To view SCBG projects previously funded by USDA, visit https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/awards.
|SCBG Stakeholder Meeting (Presentation Available Here)||Canceled: March 19, 2020|
|RFP released||March 20, 2020 12 PM EST|
|Applications due to ODA||April 30, 2020 5 PM EST|
|SCBG Committee review and selection||Tentative: May 11, 2020|
|ODA submits state plan to USDA for approval||May 2020|
|USDA approval (anticipated)||September 2020|
|ODA issues approval letters to successful applicants and initiates contracting||October 2020|
|Project work can begin (anticipated)||November 1, 2020|
|Project end date||September 29, 2022|
|Latest project end date upon approved extension request||September 29, 2023|