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Grants to Kansas Residents, IHEs, Schools, and Organizations to
Promote the Agricultural Sector in the Wake of the Coronavirus Crisis

2021 Specialty Crop Block Grant HR 133 Stimulus Program

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Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA)

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11/24/21 5:00 PM CST


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Kansas individuals, institutions of higher education, schools, extension programs, and research institutions to address the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis on the agricultural sector. Funding is intended for programs and projects primarily within the focus areas of education, economic development, and conservation or sustainability of specialty crops, with a special emphasis for this program on pandemic impacts.

The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant program is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined by the USDA as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops, including floriculture.”

The Kansas Department of Agriculture seeks to fund projects that primarily fit into the following areas:

  • Economic development
    • Improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems, including projects that seek to understand gaps in systems and supply/demand issues related to specialty crops;
    • Investing in specialty crop research, including research on the feasibility of growing novel specialty crops that aren’t currently produced (or are produced in very small quantities) in Kansas;
    • Controlling pests and disease, as well as addressing issues such as pesticide drift that affect specialty crops; and
    • Regional efforts to start incubator or community kitchen projects to encourage the development of value-added products from specialty crops.
  • Education
    • Increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops;
    • Developing materials to better educate specialty crop producers and buyers on food safety practices, including Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Good Handling Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices; and
    • Projects that create awareness of Kansas specialty crops for consumers.
  • COVID-19 Impacts
    • Projects resolving risks and supply chain disruptions for the specialty crop industry;
    • Support to farmers and farmworkers for COVID-related safety and training; and
    • Other projects addressing impacts in the specialty crop industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Projects with additional focus on conservation and environmental outcomes, as well as the sustainability of specialty crops, areas also encouraged. 

For additional program guidelines, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171562

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Applicants may apply for up to $75,000 for their projects.

Term of Contract:

The H.R. 133 Program will run on an opposite cycle from the traditional program, with projects beginning in the spring. The grant period must begin no later than March 31, 2022 (or as soon as the funding is released by USDA if later) and end no later than March 30, 2023, or one year from the issuance of funds if later than April 1, 2022.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners. Other associations and organizations that are encouraged to apply for these grants are schools, colleges and universities, extension programs, and research institutions.

The USDA encourages projects that promote specialty crop production and consumption among beginning, socially disadvantaged, and veteran farmers or ranchers.
- A Beginning Farmer or Rancher is an individual or entity that has not operated a farm or ranch for more than 10 years and substantially participates in the operation.
- A Socially Disadvantaged Farmer or Rancher is a farmer or rancher who is a member of a socially disadvantaged group. A Socially Disadvantaged Group is a group whose members have been subject to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex,
marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.
- A Veteran Farmer or Rancher is a producer who served in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard, including the reserve component thereof, was released from service under conditions other than dishonorable, and has not operated a farm or ranch or has operated a farm or
ranch for no more than 10 years or who first obtained status as a veteran during the most recent 10- year period.

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Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications must be sent to KDA no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on November 24, 2021. Early submission during the open application period from October 7 to November 24 is encouraged

A one-to-one match is strongly encouraged, but such a match is not required. In-kind contributions are allowed to count toward the match; however, at least some cash match would be preferred. Applicants will be scored on their ability to provide a match.

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

Please e-mail finished applications with the attached cover sheets to

If the application cannot be submitted via email, please contact:
Tori Laird
Specialty Crop Block Grant Administrator
Kansas Department of Agriculture
1320 Research Park Drive
Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: (785) 564-6726

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