Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

USDA/AMS Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

Grants to Georgia Nonprofits, Agencies, and
IHEs to Improve Markets for Eligible Produce

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA)

LOI Date:

02/26/21

Deadline Date:

04/09/21 Noon - Receipt

Description:

Request a Grant Writer

Grants to Georgia nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and agricultural organizations for programs that increase the marketability of eligible produce. An initial proposal is required prior to submission of the full proposal. Projects may involve education, research, or marketing. Projects will be chosen for funding based on potential increased impact to the specialty crop industry in Georgia. Partnerships are strongly encouraged.

Specialty crops are defined as: fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, Christmas trees, turfgrass/sod, nursery and greenhouse crops, including floriculture. Eligible plants must be cultivated or managed and used by people for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetic gratification (i.e. crops used for animal feed are not eligible). Processed products shall consist of greater than 50% of the specialty crop by weight, exclusive of added water.

The following have been identified as funding priorities for the SCBGP for Georgia:

  • Increasing consumption of specialty crops in Georgia’s schools by expanding child knowledge of and improving access to the nutritional benefits of specialty crops;
  • Enhancing specialty crop food safety, particularly in regard to helping farmers/growers/producers prepare for and comply with the provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA);
  • Assisting all entities in the specialty crop production/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;
  • Research projects, including those which focus on helping specialty crop growers reduce the financial costs and/or environmental impact of their operations, including improved pest and disease management techniques, efficient water management, integrated pest management, and/or sustainable production;
  • Developing and researching new and improved specialty crop varieties that are better adapted to Georgia’s soils and climate and/or result in longer shelf-life;
  • Increasing sales and marketability and driving demand for commercially grown specialty crops.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153415

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual project award funding requests require a minimum request of $20,000 up to a maximum of $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Awarded projects will have up to three years to complete the requirements of the grant. There are no extensions.

October 2021 - September 29, 2024

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Please note that ONLY grower associations, commodity commissions, colleges, universities, local governments, and IRS-designated non-profits (preferably in partnership with a Georgia college or university) may apply for this grant: individuals and businesses (including farms) are not eligible to apply for the SCBG

Non-profit organizations that are applying for the first time must partner with a Principal Investigator (PI) from a Georgia college or university, preferably from either of Georgia’s Land Grant institutions (UGA or FVSU). Because this is a very complicated grant to administer, previous experience with federal grants will factor greatly in Concept Proposal scoring, as will perceived administrative capacity.

University researchers may submit no more than one Concept Proposal for consideration for which they must be listed as the Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI. Researchers should keep in mind that it is unusual for the same researcher to be funded over multiple years and should adjust expectations accordingly. Researchers should include in their proposals a plan to present the findings of their SCBG project at the annual SERFVG Conference, held each January.

If you have submitted the same project to GDA twice in the past and it has not been funded, it cannot be submitted again. You are welcome to submit a new project for consideration.

Note that no indirect/administrative/F&A costs can be charged for this grant.

Pre-Application Information:

The application process through GDA consists of TWO STEPS:
1. Submittal of a Request for Concept Proposal Application form to GDA. This will be scored against all other concept proposals submitted and only the TOP 30 highest scoring projects will go on to step #2. It is imperative that you read the directions on the Concept Proposal carefully and not skip any fields, as you will not be able to make corrections once submitted. THIS IS DUE TO GDA BY 2/26/21 at NOON
2. Invitation (by 3/12/21) from GDA to submit a full project proposal application package.

Projected Timeline (subject to change):
- No later than February 1, 2021 – Monday: Announcement of 2021 SCBGP grant opportunity; Request for Concept Proposals (pre-screening) published.

- FEBRUARY 26, 2021 - Friday: Deadline for submission of Concept Proposals; must be received by NOON (NO EXCEPTIONS, NO EXTENSIONS). You will receive an acknowledgment of submission within 24 hours. If you do not, your application was NOT received.

- No later than MARCH 5, 2021 – Friday: GDA will send out Requests for Full Applications to organizations for the ~30 projects with the most impactful/highest scoring Concept Proposals. Those not invited to apply this year will also receive notice by the end of that week.

- APRIL 9, 2021 - Friday: Full Project Proposal/Application submission deadline to GDA by NOON (no exceptions)

- MID to LATE APRIL 2021: GDA staff review of full applications: revisions and clarifications requested from applicants.

- LATE APRIL TO EARLY MAY 2021: GDA/Specialty Crop Review Committee evaluation of applications

- MID-MAY 2021: Notice to applicants of acceptance/denial of their project proposals by the Review Committee. Revisions made to projects before submission to USDA/AMS-SCBGP; Most applications will require scope/budget revisions to projects based on Review Committee recommendations.

Definitions of Specialty Crops:
https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/specialty-crop

Contact Information:

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

Submit Request for Concept Proposal Application and full applications to GrantsDivision@agr.georgia.gov

For questions or additional information, please contact:
J. Erdmann, Director of Grants/SCBGP Coordinator
Shana Miles, Grants Specialist III
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Email: GrantsDivision@agr.georgia.gov

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia

Suggested Grants:

Grants to USA State Agencies to Develop Volunteer Programs in Local Communities

Deadline 06/23/21

Grants to USA state agencies to develop and support volunteer programs in local communities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for programs that support, manage, and engage volunteers. Priori

GrantWatch ID#: 123648

Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, and Tribes to Reduce Violent C...

Deadline 06/22/21

Grants to USA government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, and tribal governments for activities to reduce violent crime in local neighborhoods. Interested applicants are advised that required registra

GrantWatch ID#: 123715

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to Researchers Affiliated with USA Qualified Institutions to Improve Clinical Researc...

Deadline 08/27/21 LOI Date: 07/09/21

Grants of up to $50,000 to researchers affiliated with USA qualified institutions to advance research in the field of pediatric oncology. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to increase the institution's

GrantWatch ID#: 125838

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofit Charitable Organizations to Impact Public Policy in a Var...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit charitable organizations to impact public policy in a variety of national and international issues. In previous years, grants have been awarded for general operations and project support to think tanks, national councils, judicial orga

GrantWatch ID#: 125864

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Protect Natural Resources

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to protect natural resources on land and water in locations around the world. Funding is intended to ensure that activities to acquire metals, gemstones, and corals for design use do not have an adverse impact on the area of origin.

GrantWatch ID#: 126162

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Independent Filmmakers for Feature-Length Films

Deadline 07/26/21

Grants of up to $25,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International independent filmmakers for feature-length film projects. Funding is intended to support projects at any production phase from development through post-production. Priority will be give

GrantWatch ID#: 127055

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Projects to Protect Wildlife and Natural Habitats

Deadline 10/01/21

Grants of up to $3,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations for projects to protect wildlife and natural habitats. Funding is intended for campaigns to save specific species and ecosystems. Eligible activities include public policy work, litigation, advocacy, and d

GrantWatch ID#: 129644

Grants to USA Individuals and Non-Federal Agencies for Conservation Initiatives in Agricultu...

Deadline 07/19/21

Grants to USA and territories individuals and non-federal agencies to promote the adoption and development of innovative approaches to conservation in agriculture. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Priority funding ar

GrantWatch ID#: 129980

Grants to USA and Canada Low-Income Individuals and Families for Financial Assistance

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada individuals and families with low-income for financial assistance. Types of assistance include financial support to offset emergency expenses or to cover the cost of regular monthly bills. Funding is intended for workers and households that are

GrantWatch ID#: 131400