Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
01/11/19 5:00 PM EST
Grants to Florida businesses, agencies, nonprofits, individuals, and IHEs for projects that promote specific State agricultural products. Funding is intended for projects including research, pest and plant health, marketing and promotion, and consumer or producer education, as well as other projects benefiting the State's economy and that are of benefit to more than one organization or product.
The following have been identified as funding priorities for the Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Projects that address one or more of these priorities may earn additional points during the review process.
- Projects with immediate benefit to the public/industry.
- Projects that expand child and adult knowledge of nutritional benefits, improve access, and increase consumption for Florida specialty crops.
- Projects that increase sales and marketability and drive demand for commercially grown specialty crops.
- Projects to bolster local food systems, such as “buy local produce” programs for schools, prisons, hospitals, restaurants, businesses and others, as well as increased specialty crop sales for community supported agriculture organizations.
- Projects to help specialty crop growers reduce the financial cost and/or environmental impact of their operations, including improved pest and disease management techniques, efficient water management, integrated pest management, organic/sustainable production, native plant horticulture, protected agriculture, and others.
The goal of the SCBGP is to promote and increase opportunities for specialty crop producers.
- Does the project provide an overall economic benefit to Florida’s specialty crop industry?
- Does the project make good business sense?
- Does the project have a high likelihood of success?
- Are the expected benefits of the project in line with the proposed budget?
The SCBGP supports initiatives that:
- Increase the demand for specialty crops through marketing, advertising and consumer education.
- Develop local and regional food systems.
- Improve access to specialty crops in underserved communities.
- Enhance food safety.
- Improve efficiency within the distribution system and reduce costs.
- Assist all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain in developing “Good Agricultural Practices,” “Good Handling Practices,” and in funding cost share arrangements for funding audits of such systems for small farmers, packers and processors.
Types of Projects:
- Consumer or producer education
- Marketing and promotion
- Pest and plant health
Examples of Acceptable Projects:
- A nonprofit organization requests funds to conduct an advertising campaign that will benefit their specialty crop members.
- A state requests funding to contract with a university to conduct research on the feasibility of planting, cultivating and growing a specialty crop in a particular area, the results of which will be shared with many growers throughout the state during the project.
- A single grower requests funds to demonstrate the viability of organic small fruit production and partners with an Extension program to publicize the working model of diversification to other regional growers.
- A single company requests funds to provide a viable pollination alternative to specialty crop stakeholders in a region that currently does not have one.
- A single farmer erects high tunnels on their property to extend the growing season of tomatoes and lettuce and conducts a field day and farm tour to encourage other small family farmers to adopt the production methods.
GrantWatch ID#: 149411
Period of Performance: January 1, 2020 - August 31, 2022
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
An electronic copy of the application packet must be submitted by email to Specialtycrop@FreshFromFlorida.com. The subject line of the email must be “2019 SCBGP Application” or the application may not be reviewed.
If you are unable to access the internet, a written request for the application packet should be submitted to:
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Attention: Joshua Johnson
407 S. Calhoun St., M9
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
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