Cover photo for New Hampshire Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

New Hampshire Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food

Closed April 8, 2024

The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food (NHDAMF) is eligible to receive funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) under the annual Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). The NHDAMF offers eligible New Hampshire organizations the opportunity to apply for a portion of these funds under the New Hampshire Specialty Crops Grant Program to conduct projects that benefit New Hampshire Specialty Crops. Specialty Crops are defined as: fruit, vegetable, nursery, floriculture, herb, maple, Christmas tree and honey crops. For a complete list of eligible and ineligible crops visit the USDA AMS website.



NHDAMF is seeking proposals from eligible commodity groups, agriculture organizations, colleges and universities, municipalities, state agencies, and non-profit organizations for this grant program, provided their proposals meet all the specifications in this Request for Applications and the USDA’s Notice of Federal Assistance. These projects must aim to enhance the production and competitiveness of New Hampshire specialty crops. In order to be eligible to participate, applicants must reside in, or their business or educational affiliation must be in the State of New Hampshire.


  • Grants are not available to offset the grantee’s normal operating expenses.

  • Funding is not available for political support purposes or memberships in professional societies or trade organizations.

  • Grant funds may not be used for programs the applicant is already funding.

  • Funds may not be used for construction purposes.

  • Funding is not available for individuals or businesses (must be a recognized entity as described above).

  • Preference will be given to those proposals that appear to give the broadest benefit to the New Hampshire Specialty Crop industry.

  • Projects must be completed by September 29, 2025.

  • Projects cannot begin until the USDA has made their official award announcement (expected in September 2022) and approvals have been obtained from New Hampshire authorities.

  • Do not plan on funds being available for the project until March of 2024.

  • The project final report will be due in December, 2025 (if the project is completed in 2023 or 2024, the final report will be due that year). 

Application Instructions

All applications must be both digitally and physically submitted by 4 pm on April 4, 2022 with the designated information and format as indicated below.

Applications must be submitted providing the requested information and precisely following the USDA SCBG application format. Application must include:

  1. Completed cover page

  2. Completed Project Profile Template

  3. Any support documents

Please submit your proposal digitally in MS WORD (or compatible) format only, using the provided USDA SCBG Project Profile Template. No PDFs will be accepted.

Submit your digital application by email to

Additionally, four (4) printed copies of the entire proposal must be received in by the NHDAMF office no later than 4 pm on April 4, 2022.

Mail to:

2022 SCBG NH

Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food

PO Box 2042

Concord, NH


Or deliver to:

NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food

25 Capitol St.

Concord, NH 03301



April 8, 2024

Financial Instrument


Updated March 27, 2024

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