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.
|SCBG Stakeholder Meeting (2020's Presentation Available Here)||TBD Spring 2021|
|Request for Proposal Released||Spring 2021|
|Applications due to ODA||Spring 2021|
|SCBG Committee review and selection||April 2021|
|ODA submits state plan to USDA for approval||May 2021|
|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 2022|
|Latest project end date upon approved extension request||September 2023|