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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

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

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Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA)

Deadline Date:

03/25/21 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to Indiana nonprofit organizations, businesses, governments, and IHEs to enhance the local food industry. Applicants must have a system account prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for projects within the focus areas of food access, nutrition and nutrition education, food safety, research, disease and pest control, and seed varieties. Proposals must enhance specialty crops throughout the state of Indiana.

Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). For a complete list of eligible commodities and a comprehensive definition of specialty crops, terms and conditions, and guidance, visit

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;
  • 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. 

Funding Priorities:

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

For information about allowable costs and activities, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 143855

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Term of Contract:

Performance Period: September 30, 2021 - September 29, 2024

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit and for-profit organizations; governments; and public or private colleges and universities are eligible to apply. Individuals are not allowed.

For information about unallowable costs and activities, see:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, March 25, 2021, by 11:59 PM EDT.

GMS technical assistance will be available until 5:00 pm EDT on March 25, 2021.

Proposal/Award Timeline:
- March 1, 2021: Accepting SCBG proposals in GMS
- March 25, 2021: Proposals due to ISDA
- March 26-April 4, 2021: ISDA Threshold, Exclusions, and Risk Assessments
- April 5, 2021: Applicants receive proposal feedback and the opportunity to revise
- April 9, 2021: All proposal revisions due to ISDA
- April 10-13, 2021: ISDA confirms revisions
- April 14-May 4, 2021: Proposal scoring and review by Committee
- May 5-7, 2021: ISDA final review and funding recommendation
- May 10, 2021: Notification of successful projects and amounts
- May 13, 2021: Deadline for applicants to accept or decline
- May 2021: Indiana State Plan due to USDA-AMS
- August-September 2021: USDA notifies ISDA of approval of funding
- September-October 2021: Notice of Federal Award (NOA) from USDA-AMS
- October-December 2021: Grant agreements are prepared and executed

All proposals must be submitted via Grants Management System (GMS). To apply, you must first have a system account.

All applicants must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) numbers when submitting a proposal or it will be rejected. A DUNS number can be obtained free of charge at

About Specialty Crops:

Program overview (video):

Contact Information:

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

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Direct questions to
Andrew Carty

Leah Harmon

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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