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Kentucky Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (KSCBGP)

Grants to Kentucky Businesses and Organizations to
Improve the Competitive Advantage of Eligible Crops

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Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA)

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Grants to Kentucky businesses and organizations to improve the competitive advantage of eligible crops. Applicants are required to submit a pre-proposal prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support projects that can be replicated throughout the State that will enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.

Projects funded through this grant must benefit more than one specialty crop business, individual, or organization and results must be easily replicate able statewide. "Specialty crops are defined in law as" fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture." Specialty crops are plants that are intensively cultivated. For a full list of eligible specialty crops, see

State Funding Priorities:

  • Project affects beginning, minority, or socially disadvantaged farmers
  • Project affects certified organic agriculture
  • Project affects supply chain and logistics support for small and medium-scale producers

Federal Funding Priorities:

  • 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

For examples of acceptable projects, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169567

Term of Contract:

All projects will begin October 1, 2021 and end September 28, 2024. There is no penalty if projects end prior to September 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations and businesses may apply.

Please note that Hemp is not eligible for this grant.

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 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:

Key Dates:
- January 11, 2021: Concept proposal due. Concept proposal is required for your Specialty Crop Block Grant proposal to be considered. Successful concept proposal applicants will be invited to submit a full grant proposal.
- Mid-January: First advisory meeting
- March 15: Full Grant proposal due
- Mid-March: Second advisory meeting

Contact Information:

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

Email concept proposals to

KY Department of Agriculture
Phone: (502) 573-0282
Fax: (502) 564-2133

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kentucky

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