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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Specialty Crop Block 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. Ohio's 2021 grant will open early Spring 2021. 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.

Full list of USDA approved Specialty Crops

Evaluation Plan (Performance Measures) (pdf)

SCBGP Templates and Performance Measures Q&A (pdf)

2021 SCBG

Grant Proposals
SCBG Stakeholder Meeting (Power Point Presentation) February 25, 2021, 11:00AM
Ohio's 2021 SCBG RFP March 1, 2021, 12:00PM
Applications due to ODA April 15, 2021, 5:00PM
SCBG Committee review and selection Pending: May 3, 2021, time TBD
ODA submits state plan to USDA for approval (Pending USDA deadline announcement) May 2021
Award
USDA approval (anticipated) September 2021
ODA issues approval letters to successful applicants and initiates contracting October 2021
Project work can begin (anticipated) November 2021
Project end date September 2023
Latest project end date upon approved extension request September 2024

2020 SCBG

2020 SCBG Quarterly Report

2020 SCBG Reimbursement Form

2019 SCBG

2019 SCBG Quarterly Report

2019 SCBG Reimbursement Form

2018 SCBG

2018 SCBG Quarterly Report

2018 SCBG Reimbursement Form

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 2021 AM200100XXXXG067 (2020) AM190100XXXXG021 (2019) AM180100XXXXG033 (2018) AM180100XXXXG033 (2018)
Tuesday, December 1, 2020   None ANNUAL REPORT SECOND ANNUAL REPORT FINAL REPORT* unless extension requested
Friday, April 30, 2021 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo  
Friday, July 30, 2021 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo  
Saturday, October 30, 2021 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo  
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 None ANNUAL REPORT FINAL REPORT OR SECOND ANNUAL FINAL REPORT   
Saturday, April 30, 2022 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo    
Saturday, July 30, 2022 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo    
Saturday, October 30, 2021 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo    
Thursday, December 1, 2022 ANNUAL REPORT FINAL REPORT OR SECOND ANNUAL FINAL REPORT     
Sunday, April 30, 2023 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo      
Sunday, July 30, 2023 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo      
Monday, October 30, 2023 Quarterly Memo Quarterly Memo      
Friday, December 1, 2023 FINAL REPORT OR SECOND ANNUAL FINAL REPORT       
Tuesday, April 30, 2024 Quarterly Memo        
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 Quarterly Memo        
Wednesday, October 30, 2024 Quarterly Memo        
Sunday, December 1, 2024 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.