Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) receives grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enhance the competitiveness of Missouri’s specialty crops. MDA accepts competitive applications for specialty crop grant funds annually.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Overview

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) projects "solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.” Specialty crops are defined by the USDA as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, maple syrup, honey, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture).

Specialty Crop Block Grant Concept Paper Application Process

SCBGP funds may be used for a specialty crop project lasting up to two years. Concept Paper applications are considered on a competitive basis and ranked by an internal review panel. Only two submissions per entity (i.e. institution, organization, non-profit) are allowed with a limit of $5,000 total for personnel and fringe benefits. Funded projects are eligible to receive grant funds on a quarterly reimbursement schedule. No advance payments will be made.

Selected Concept Paper applications will be invited to submit a formal proposal and will be ranked by a peer review panel. Selected formal proposals will be included in the Missouri Specialty Crop State Plan and reviewed by the USDA. Single organizations, institutions and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.

Projects must impact and produce measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public, rather than a single organization, institution or individual. The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s funding priorities include expanding local, regional and international markets and distribution channels for specialty crops, as well as facilitating education and marketing. Projects must impact and produce measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public, rather than a single organization, institution or individual. The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s funding priorities include expanding local, regional and international markets and distribution channels for specialty crops, as well as facilitating education and marketing.

Applicants must be a legal entity and have the legal capacity to contract. Applicants are encouraged to provide a cash match for their projects. Grant funds may not be used for administrative overhead.

Applications received from participants who have applied and received SCBGP grant awards at least twice will be reviewed and considered for funding after first-time applicants have the opportunity to compete.

Schedule

Monday, February 13, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
 
Friday, April 3, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Friday, June 5, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
October/November 2015
Request for concept paper applications published
Concept paper applications due to MDA
Late submittals will not be accepted
Invitation by MDA to submit formal grant proposal
Formal grant proposal due to MDA
MDA selects formal grant proposals for application to USDA
MDA state application submitted to USDA
Award announcements from USDA

Previously Funded Projects

For more information about the Missouri Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program application process, contact Susan Bennett at (573) 526-9548 or Susan.Bennett@mda.mo.gov.