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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits, Businesses, Agencies,
and IHEs to Improve the Local Food Industry

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA)

Deadline Date:

03/22/20

Description:

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Grants to Indiana nonprofit organizations, businesses, governments, and IHEs to enhance the local food industry. Applicants must become members prior to submitting a full proposal. Focus areas include food access, nutrition and nutrition education, food safety, research, disease and pest control, and seed varieties and specialty crops.

The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). For a complete list of eligible and ineligible commodities and a comprehensive definition of specialty crops, terms and conditions, and guidance, visit https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/specialty-crop.  

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture administrates the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). ISDA encourages programs to develop projects to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops pertaining to the following issues affecting the specialty crop industry: 

  • Enhancing food safety;
  • Assisting all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain in developing “good agricultural practices,” “good handling practices,” “good manufacturing practices,” and in cost-share arrangements for funding audits of such systems for small farmers; packers and processors;
  • Investing in specialty crop research, including research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes;
  • Developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops;
  • Pest and disease control; and development of organic and sustainable production practices;
  • Increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops;
  • Improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems;
  • Developing local and regional food systems; and
  • Improving food access in underserved communities. 

Visit https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/specialty-crop  for a list of eligible and ineligible commodities and a comprehensive definition of specialty crops.

Funding Priorities:

  • Funding Area I: Market Enhancement
  • Funding Area II: Access, Education, and Training
  • Funding Area III: Research

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143855

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$500,000

Term of Contract:

Performance Period: September 30, 2020-September 29, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit and for-profit organizations; governments; and public or private colleges and universities are eligible to apply. There is no limit on number of proposals; however, only one (1) project per Funding Priority from each organization, government, public/private college and/ university will be awarded. Individuals are no allowed.

For Allowable and Unallowable Costs and Activities, see the chart that begins on page 8 of the Terms and Conditions document in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Accepting Proposals March 1, 2020 - March 22, 2020

Proposal/Award Timeline:
- March 1, 2020 – Accepting SCBG proposals in GMS
- March 22, 2020 – Full proposals due to ISDA
- March 23-April 12th – Scoring process
- April 13th – 17th 2020 ISDA review and recommendation
- April 20, 2020 - Notification of successful projects
- May 2020 – Indiana State Plan due to USDA-AMS
- August-September 2019 – USDA notifies ISDA of approval of funding for grant projects included in the state plan
- September – October 2020– Notice of Federal Award
- October – December 2020 - Grant Agreements/contracts are prepared for grant recipients.

All proposals must be submitted via Grants Management System (GMS). Before submitting an application, all potential applicants, must become members.

All applicants must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) numbers when submitting a proposal or it will be rejected. A DUNS number is a unique, nine-character, number regulated by Dun and Bradstreet used to identify an organization. The federal government utilizes the DUNS number to track the allocation of federal funds. A DUNS number can be obtained free of charge at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.

Contact Information:

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

For guidance on the grant program, please reference the above documents or contact Karrie Cashdollar at KCashdollar@isda.in.gov or 317.910.4782.

Indiana State Department of Agriculture
One North Capitol Avenue, Suite 600
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317.232.8770
Fax: 317.232.1362

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