The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) accepts applications for a number of programs designed to assist in special crop production. Suggestions for the 2022 Special Block Grant Program (SCBGP) are currently being accepted. In addition, applications are being accepted for members of the Technical Review Committee (TRC) of the 2022 Special Crop Block Grant Program. Suggestions for the 2021 Special Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP) are also being adopted.
Gifts for SCBGP range from $ 100,000 to $ 500,000 per project. Organizations, academic institutions, local, state, federal and tribal government bodies are eligible to apply. Projects approved by the program can last up to two years and six months. The special crops covered under the program include fruits and vegetables, fruit trees, dried fruits, vegetables and seedlings. By Friday, October 8, the Financial Assistance Application Sub-Tool must be submitted electronically.
TRC is responsible for reviewing and evaluating proposals for SCBGP. The committee, comprised of specialized crop industry volunteers, provides advice to the CDF on funding. Those interested in serving on the committee must submit a completed application form by Monday, October 4.
The SCMP, presented by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), is designed to strengthen the competitiveness of specialty crops. Gifts for the program can range from $ 250,000 to $ 1 million per project and can last up to three years. Acceptable projects address issues such as food security, pest and disease problems, and other crop-specific threats. Funding eligibility includes state agencies, tribal governments, universities, nonprofits, and industry stakeholders and organizations. Applications for the program are available from USDA-AMS. Application deadline for CDFA Thursday, November 4. Participating states will have until December 6 to submit an application for AMS.