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Grants to Indiana Nonprofits, Businesses, Agencies,
and IHEs to Support the Local Agricultural Industry

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

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Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA)

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03/08/22 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to Indiana nonprofit organizations, businesses, government agencies, and IHEs to enhance the local agricultural industry. Applicants must register for a system account prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to enhance the specialty crop industry within the state.

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture administrates the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) for Indiana. ISDA encourages applicants 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;
  • Improving food access in underserved communities;
  • Support and promotion of the hydroponic/aquaponic industry;
  • Education and outreach to farmers to provide best practices; and
  • Research and outreach on value-added products and the marketing of these products.

ISDA funding priority will be focused on three main areas, listed below in order of importance to the department:

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

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GrantWatch ID#: 143855

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Indiana Recommended Project Size: $100,000 - $150,000

Term of Contract:

Project Performance Period (Estimated): September 30, 2022 - To September 29, 2024

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit and for-profit organizations; governments; and public or private colleges and universities are eligible to apply.

SDA encourages non-traditional applicants such as for-profit entities as well as applications that benefit new and beginning farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers, veteran producers and/or underserved communities. For grants intending to serve these entities, applicants should engage and involve those beneficiaries when developing projects and applications.

Individuals are not allowed.

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Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted via the online GMS no later than March 8, 2022 by 11:59pm EDT.

Proposal/Award Timeline:
The following is an anticipated timeline and subject to change:
- February 15, 2022 – SCBG proposals open in the Grants Management System
- March 8, 2022 – Full proposals due to ISDA by 11:59 PM EDT.
- March 9-March 15, 2022 – ISDA Threshold/Exclusions Assessment
- March 16, 2022 – Applicants receive proposal feedback and opportunity to revise
- March 22, 2022 – All proposal revisions due to ISDA
- March 22 – March 25, 2022 – ISDA confirms revisions
- March 28, 2022 – Proposal scoring and review by Committee
- March 31, 2022 – Applicants receive proposal questions from Committee
- April 5, 2022 – Deadline for Applicants to respond to Committee questions
- April 8, 2022 – Scoring finalized
- April 11-April 13, 2022 – ISDA final review and funding recommendation
- April 14, 2022– Notification of successful projects and amounts
- April 18, 2022 – Deadline for applicants to accept or decline
- April 20, 2022– Notification of unsuccessful projects
- May 2, 2022 – Indiana State Plan to USDA-AMS
- May-August 2022 – USDA-AMS approves state plan
- August-September 2022 – Grant agreements are prepared and executed

GMS technical assistance will be available until 5:00pm EDT on March 8, 2022.

All applicants must have a Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) or a Unique Entity Identifier from when submitting a proposal, or it will be rejected. A DUNS number is a unique, nine-character, number regulated by Dun & 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 A UEI can be obtained through registering with and must be initiated after receiving a DUNS number. registration can be obtained free of charge at

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

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Please contact Leah Harmon, Director of Information Systems, at or 317-607-4127 for technical assistance for submitting through the GMS.

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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