The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting proposals for anticipated funding through the 2017 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP).

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Overview

Eligible projects must “solely enhance the competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops” and expand local, regional, domestic or international markets and distribution. Projects must address research, food safety, crop-specific issues, pest and disease, education, marketing and promotion for the specialty crop industry. USDA defines specialty crops as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruit, maple syrup, honey, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture).

All SCBGP awards are subject to the most recent USDA SCBGP Terms and Conditions of Award. All costs must be allowable in accordance with the federal cost principles outlined in 2 CFR part 200 Subpart E.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Application Process

MDA will consider proposals on a competitive basis scored and ranked by an internal and external review panel. The department will consider grant awards up to a maximum of $50,000 for a specific project with a two year grant period and a limit of $5,000 total for personnel and fringe benefits. Grant funds may not be used for administrative overhead. Funded projects are eligible to receive grant funds on a quarterly reimbursement schedule. No advance payments will be made.

MDA will accept proposals from individuals, individual producers, non-profit and for-project businesses, public and private colleges and universities, agencies, institutions, industry and community based organizations or commercial entities only if the project focus benefits the entire specialty crop industry.

Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that solely provide a profit to a single organization, institution or individual. Projects must impact and produce measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry with strong information dissemination and outreach components providing results to benefit others rather than a single organization, institution or individual.

Applicants must be a legal entity and have the legal capacity to contract with MDA.

All marketing and promotion projects must choose outcome 1, to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through increased sales.

All outcomes and their associated indicators and data collection must occur within the project’s period of performance.

Applicants must follow the budget guidelines as shown in the examples provided in the application:

  • Tables must be used and expenses detailed as requested.
  • Justifications must be completed.
  • “Conforming” statements must be listed in budgets and boxes must be checked.

All program income must be used to solely enhance the competitiveness of eligible specialty crops and further expand the project or program objectives within the period of performance.

MDA will include selected proposals in the Missouri Specialty Crop State Plan for USDA review and approval.

2017 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Formal Proposal Application PDF | Word

2017 Schedule

Date
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
September-October, 2017
October-November, 2017
Task
MDA announces request for proposals
Grant proposals due to MDA by 3pm
MDA submits Missouri Specialty Crop State Plan to USDA
MDA receives award announcement from USDA
MDA completes sub-recipient agreements

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.