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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program-Farm Bill (SCBGP-FB)

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
and Tribes to Promote the Market for Eligible Crops

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Michigan Department of Agriculture-Ag Marketing Service (USDA-AMS)

Deadline Date:

02/25/21 3:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants to Michigan nonprofit organizations, for-profits, government agencies, and tribes to improve the market potential of eligible crops produced within the State. Funding is intended to support projects focusing on areas such as promotion and marketing, education and training, and research and development. Eligible plants are specialty crops, which include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture) which are used for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetic gratification.

The MDARD Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program awards funds to projects to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan specialty crops. 

The funds can be used for projects involved in promotion, marketing, research, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education, increased child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption, increased innovation, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems, environmental concerns and conservation, product development, good agricultural practices, good handling practices, and good manufacturing practices.

Processed products shall consist of greater than 50% of the specialty crop by weight, exclusive of added water.

Funding Priorities:

  • Market Enhancement to promote specialty crops
    • Market Enhancement, Availability, and Access to Specialty Crops 
    • Farm to Institution
  • Research and Development relevant to specialty crops
    • Plant Health and Pest Management
    • Farm Sustainability
  • Training & Education addressing local, regional, and national challenges confronting specialty crop producers
    • Enhancing Food Safety
    • Environmental Sustainability 
    • Workforce/Labor

For examples of acceptable projects, see

For eligible costs and activities, see the Allowable and Unallowable Costs pdf listed in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 136305

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award amount is $100,000 for research proposals and $125,000 for marketing, training, and education proposals per proposal. Only proposals submitted in whole dollar amounts will be considered.

Term of Contract:

Grant period will be approximately October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2023.

Projects must be completed within two years after project is given its initiation date. The MDARD must be notified at least 60 days prior to the end date of the project if for any reason the project cannot be completed within the two-year period established in the grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible entities include non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, local, state, and federal government entities, including tribal governments.

If you are a university applying for funding, your proposal must be submitted by the commodity group or other eligible organization for which the work is being performed. The budget should reflect that the work by the university is contractual with the commodity group.

Applicants must reside, and/or conduct their business or organization in Michigan and must be in good standing.

Proposals for grant funds should show how the project potentially impacts and produces measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public rather than a single organization, institution, or individual. Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that solely provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual. Single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.

Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that directly benefit a particular commercial product, as these projects do not enhance specialty crop industry competitiveness.

Proposals for ineligible or non-specialty crop commodities will not be funded.

For examples of unacceptable projects, see

For ineligible costs and activities, see the Allowable and Unallowable Costs pdf listed in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

SCBG proposals must be received by 3 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, February 25, 2021,


- Release Request for Proposals: January 7, 2021
- Proposals Due: February 25, 2021 @ 3pm EST
- Evaluation Committee Review: April 2021
- MDARD Submits State Plan to USDA: May 2021
- USDA Reviews State Plan: June/July 2021
- USDA State Plan Approval and Sign Agreement with USDA: September 2021
- Grant Agreement Signed with Sub Awardees and work may begin on projects: October/November 2021

Recommendation of proposals to be awarded will be determined in approximately May/June 2021 and all applicants will be notified.

Submit applications early. Do not wait until the date of the Application deadline.

All applicants must register with the federal System for Award Management (SAM)

All applicants must also have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.

Organizations must be legal entities recognized by the IRS AND A Registered Vendor with the State of Michigan. To register, see

Organizations must be in good standing with the State of Michigan through The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs .

This is a cost reimbursement program.

Two proposals per entity are eligible for consideration.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit completed applications to:

For questions, please contact the email address indicated above or:

Heather Throne, Grant Administrator
PO Box 30017
Lansing, MI 48909

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