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to Advance the Marketability of Eligible Produce

USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program

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Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM), New York State and NY Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI)

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Deadline Date:

02/27/22 11:59 PM


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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, educational institutions, and tribes for programs that advance the marketability of eligible agricultural products across the state. Funding is intended to support programs focusing on research and education. The goal of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.

The goal of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by:

  1. Leveraging efforts to market and promote specialty crops;
  2. Assisting producers with research and development relevant to specialty crops;
  3. Expanding availability and access to specialty crops; and
  4. Addressing local, regional, and national challenges confronting specialty crop producers. 

This RFP is soliciting proposals for inclusion in the New York State Department of Agriculture and Market’s application to the USDA SCBG program. Guided by the State’s Specialty Crop Advisory Group, this RFP focuses on a subset of the outcomes specified in the broader USDA SCBG RFP. Specifically, this RFP seeks work that will achieve the following outcomes:

  • Improve Pest & Disease Control Processes
  • Develop New Seed Varieties & Specialty Crops
  • Expand Specialty Crop Research and Development
  • Improve Environmental Sustainability of Specialty Crops

The New York Specialty Crop Block Grant Advisory Committee, composed of farmer members of specialty crop organizations and associations, and other industry stakeholders, recommended the RFP focus on specialty crop research and grower education. 

Eligible costs include: personnel, fringe benefits, travel, special purpose equipment, supplies, and contractual costs and services directly related to an eligible project. 

For examples of research and grower education projects, see

Allowable costs and activities can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142773

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding requests for individual projects must be between $50,000 and $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within 2 years from the award date.

Projects must start after October 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include:
- Not-for-profit organizations (NFP)
- Not-for-profit educational institutions
- Local and Indian tribal governments

Ineligible applicants are encouraged to participate as project partners.

Ineligible costs include: political activities, lobbying activities, capital expenditures for general purpose equipment, buildings, and land, and any activities that support non-specialty crops. General purpose equipment means equipment that is not limited to research, scientific or other technical activities. Examples include office equipment and furnishings, motor vehicles, etc.

Unallowable costs and activities can be found at

Pre-proposal Conference:

No individual conversations about the Specialty Crop RFP are allowed, thus it is important for potential applicants to attend the webinar about the RFP if they wish to ask their questions verbally.

The webinar will be offered on the following dates:
- Monday, January 24, 2022 2:00pm-3:30 pm
- Tuesday, January 25, 2022 9:00am-10:30 am

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Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Tuesday, January 4, 2022 SCBG RFP opens
- Monday, January 24, 2022 SCBG Grant Writing Webinar 2:00pm-3:30 pm
- Tuesday, January 25, 2022 SCGB Grant Writing Webinar 9:00am-10:30 am
- Sunday, February 27, 2022 - Applications due by 11:59 pm
- May 2022– Successful applicants contacted.
- October 2022 – Anticipated Grant Awards Announcement by USDA (projects must not begin prior to award announcement.)

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the NYFVI Grant Coordinator or Executive Director with any questions. All questions and their answers will be posted on the website. All applicants will be notified if a new question and answer has been posted.

All applications must be submitted online via NYFVI’s system. Please note that, when first using the online application system, you must apply for system credentials. Staff will then activate your username and password. Keep this in mind when applying, as staff processing of credentials can take several days.

About Specialty Crops:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Questions about the Specialty Crop RFP or application must be submitted via email to Sarah Ficken at

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York

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