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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofit and For-Profit Agricultural
Organizations and Individuals to Enhance Markets for Specialty Crops

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Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) - Division of Agriculture

Deadline Date:

03/31/19 Postmarked or receipt


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Rhode Island individuals, nonprofits, and for-profit agricultural organizations to enhance markets for specialty crops produced within the state. Specialty crops typically include vegetables, fruits, tree nuts, dried fruit, and nursery crops (including turf production and floriculture).

Examples of enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crops include, but are not limited to: Research, promotion, marketing, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education, “buy local'' programs, increased consumption, increased innovation, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems, environmental concerns and conservation, product development, and developing cooperatives.

Grant applications and projects must further the competitiveness of specialty crops only as broadly as possible in Rhode Island, and not just serve to enhance individual farm viability pursuant to USDA program guidelines.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179488

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards will be made in amounts of $10,000 to $50,000 for each project.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds will be awarded for projects of up to two years duration starting April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All Rhode Island Agricultural organizations or residents who are interested in obtaining grant program funds are invited to submit grant proposals to the Rhode Island Division of Agriculture.

Grant funds will not be awarded for Projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual. Single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2019 and sent to DEM.

Applications may also be emailed to Peter Susi, in Word format (see below).

Additional information:

Contact Information:

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

Applications should be sent to:
DEM's Division of Agriculture
235 Promenade Street, Room 370
Providence, RI 02908

Peter Susi, Deputy Chief DEM/Division of Agriculture
(401) 222-2781 x 4517

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Rhode Island