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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

Agricultural Marketing Service

Closed May 27, 2020


The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as "fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture)."

The agency, commission, or department responsible for agriculture within any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is eligible to apply directly to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for grant funds. Organizations or individuals interested in the SCBGP should contact their state department of agriculture for more information.



To be eligible for a grant, the project(s) must "solely enhance the competitiveness of US specialty crops" in either domestic or foreign markets.

Crops that are eligible

  • ​​Fruits

  • Vegetables

  • Tree nuts

  • Dried fruits

  • Christmas trees

  • Turf type grasses

  • Nursery crops (including floriculture and horticulture)

A complete list of eligible and ineligible crops under the grant program can be found at the USDA specialty crop block grant website.​

Applicants are encouraged to read program guidelines document for full eligibility requirements prior to submitting a proposal.​

Applicant eligibility​:

The following organizations can submit projects that aim to enhance the production and competitiveness of each state's specialty crop industries:

  • Non-profit organizations 

  • Government entities

  • For-profit organizations

  • Industry trade associations

  • Producer groups

  • Commodity commissions

  • Public and private colleges/universities


  • Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that directly benefit or provide profit only to a single organization, institution, or individual.

  • Funds may not be used to purchase fixed assets or personal property.

  • Expenditures incurred prior to grant award may not be included in the grant request or eligible for reimbursement.

  • Administration or indirect costs (defined as expenses incurred in controlling or directing an organization, but not directly identifiable with financing, marketing, or production operations) cannot be paid for with these grant funds.​

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March 9, 2020


May 27, 2020


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Updated January 10, 2021

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