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Specialty Crop Block Grant

Grants to Texas Agencies, IHEs, Institutions, and Organizations
to Increase the Competitiveness of Specific Crops

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Texas Department of Agriculture

Deadline Date:

02/11/21 Close of Business (5:00 PM CT) Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Texas agencies, IHEs, institutions, and organizations to increase the competitiveness of specific crops. Areas of focus include nutrition, marketing, plant health, value-added and industry development, and food safety. Funding is intended to benefit the State's specialty crop market.

Requirements:

  • Grant applications must demonstrate that they will enhance the competitiveness of a Texas specialty crop industry.
  • Grant funds may only be used for activities benefiting specialty crops.
  • Grant funds must benefit more than one individual, institution, or organization.

The purpose of the SCBGP is to increase consumption of specialty crops and improve the competitiveness of specialty crop producers. Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). 

TDA is accepting grant applications to consider for the 2021 State Plan to the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS) for projects to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, including:

  • Leveraging efforts to market and promote specialty crops;
  • Assisting producers with research and development relevant to specialty crops;
  • Expanding availability and access to specialty crops;
  • Addressing local, regional, and national challenges confronting specialty crop producers; and
  • For such other purposes determined to be appropriate by the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with specialty crop stakeholders and relevant State departments of agriculture

For more information on funding areas and priorities, see https://www.texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/Publications/ER/Specialty%20Crop%202014/1.%202021_Specialty_Crop_Block_Grant_RFA.pdf#page=4.

For eligible expenses, see https://www.texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/Publications/ER/Specialty%20Crop%202014/1.%202021_Specialty_Crop_Block_Grant_RFA.pdf#page=12.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140593

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,600,000

Term of Contract:

Selected projects will be funded for work that must be completed between December 1, 2021 and September 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Responses will be accepted from Texas state agencies, universities, institutions, and producer, industry, or community-based organizations involved with, or that promote specialty crops.

Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution or individual. Grant funds may not be used to supplant normal business costs.

For ineligible expenses, see https://www.texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/Publications/ER/Specialty%20Crop%202014/1.%202021_Specialty_Crop_Block_Grant_RFA.pdf#page=13.

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications must be received by TDA before close of business (5:00 p.m. CT) on Thursday, February 11, 2021.

Timeline:
- Application Availability: December 2020
- Application Deadline: February 11, 2021
- Preliminary Selection: Late April 2021
- Selected Projects submitted to USDA: May 2021
- Award Announcements: October 2021
- Start Date of Project: December 1, 2021
- End Date of Project: September 30, 2023

Grant funds will be paid on a cost reimbursement basis.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://form.jotform.com/200015155907143

Grant Program Questions:

Ms. Kat Neilson
(512) 463-6695

Ms. Nora Noble-Christoff
(512) 463-6616

For questions regarding submission of the application and/or TDA requirements, please contact TDA’s Grants Office at (512) 463-6695, or by email at Grants@TexasAgriculture.gov.

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