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Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Agencies, Businesses, and Individuals to Enhance the Competitiveness of Domestic Crops

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

GrantWatch ID# 149411
Agency: State

Funding Source
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Florida

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/23/23 11:45 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Florida nonprofit and for-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, agencies, and individuals for projects that enhance the competitiveness of domestic crops. Funding is intended for activities in the areas of research, pest and plant health, marketing and promotion, and consumer or producer education, as well as other projects that benefit the state's economy. The grant program aims to support projects that enhance specialty crops, which are broadly defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and horticulture products, including floriculture.

FDACS has established funding priorities for the SCBGP for the State of Florida, including:

  • Projects to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus inputs required for specialty crop production, or to prevent or reduce leaching/runoff of these nutrients into groundwater or surface waterways.
  • Projects to reduce water use, improve irrigation efficiency, or otherwise decrease the impact of agricultural water use in specialty crop production.
  • Projects to research, encourage, or educate producers and consumers on advanced specialty crop production technologies such as hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics, protected culture or controlled environment production, and others.

USDA-AMS encourages states to develop projects which benefit the specialty crop industry in one or more of the following ways:

  • Enhance food safety
  • Improve the capacity of all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (21 U.S.C. Chapter 27), for example, developing Good Agricultural Practices, Good Handling Practices, Good Manufacturing Practices, and in cost-share arrangements for funding audits of such systems (including USDA GroupGAP) for small farmers, packers, and processors
  • Invest in specialty crop research, including research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes
  • Develop new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops
  • Enhance pest and plant disease control
  • Increase child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops
  • Improve efficiency and reduce costs of distribution systems
  • Enhance sustainability

Examples of Acceptable Projects:

  • Researching new cultivars
  • Providing outreach opportunities on specialty crops to youth, families, seniors, and the overall community
  • Marketing apples through a targeted promotional campaign.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Proposals will be accepted from non-profit organizations, producer organizations, government agencies, universities, and other organizations related to Florida's specialty crop industry. Individuals, individual producers, for-profit businesses, or commercial entities may submit proposals. However, the project must focus on research, education, or demonstration and must benefit the specialty crop industry in a manner that can be replicated by other organizations.

Additional eligibility:
- Projects must enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Consider carefully whether your project is likely to have spillover benefits for non-specialty crops and whether the SCBGP is the best fit for your project.
- Projects must benefit more than one product or organization. The SCBGP will not award grant funds for projects that solely benefit a single commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual. This means that the program will not provide funds to start or expand a farm or other business venture.
- In addition, recipients cannot use grant funds to compete unfairly with private companies that offer equivalent products or services.

Please note that USDA does not classify hemp as a specialty crop. This means that projects to benefit hemp crops or products will not be eligible for funding under the SCBGP.

Examples of Unacceptable Projects:
- A company requests grant funds to purchase starter plants or equipment used to plant, cultivate, and grow a specialty crop for the purpose of making a profit, or to expand production of a single business or organization.
- A state requests grant funds to make grants to individual specialty crop businesses or roadside stands to promote their individual businesses.
- A non-profit organization uses grant funds to purchase produce and then sells that produce to other entities at a cost or a higher price than the purchase price while competing with other private companies who sell produce in the area.
- A sole proprietor requests grant funds to redesign his logo in order to make his specialty crop value-added product stand out at the local farmers market.
- A single specialty crop organization requests grant funds to market its organization so that it can increase its membership.

Pre-Application Information
- January 23, 2023, 11:45 PM EST: Submission deadline for applications.
- February 1, 2023 - March 31, 2023: Evaluation and scoring of applications. Please see FDACS's SCBGP Review Criteria for more information.
- April 2023: Florida's SCBGP state plan will be submitted to USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service for review.
- September - November 2023: USDA-AMS notifies FDACS of approval of funding for projects in Florida's state plan.
- October - November 2023: All applicants receive notice of the final status of their applications.
- October - December 2023: FDACS prepares and executes subrecipient agreements for successful applicants.

Applicants must have a valid UIE number and be registered with

Lists of Eligible and Ineligible Crops:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Anticipated number of awards: 25 – 30

Term of Contract
Period of Performance: January 1, 2024 – August 31, 2026

Contact Information
Apply online:

Kimberly Murphy, Program Administrator
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Division of Marketing and Development
407 South Calhoun Street
Mayo Building, M9
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
Phone: (850) 617-7397

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