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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
Individuals, and IHEs to Enhance Agricultural Markets

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Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC)

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04/06/20 5:00 PM (CST) Receipt


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Grants to Mississippi nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, IHEs, and individuals to improve agricultural markets. Funding is intended to enhance and promote the market competitiveness of specialty crops produced within the state. Specialty crops include dried fruit, fruits and vegetables, nursery crops (including floriculture), tree nuts, and horticulture.

SCBGP encourages States to develop projects solely to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops pertaining to the following issues affecting the specialty crop industry:

  • Enhancing food safety;
  • Improving the capacity of all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act, for example, by 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;
  • Investing in specialty crop research, including research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes;
  • Developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops;
  • Pest and disease control;
  • Increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops;
  • Improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems; and
  • Sustainability

Project proposals and goals must focus on the following priority areas:

  • Research and Development
  • Education/Extension
  • Promotion/Marketing

For examples of Acceptable Projects, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180499

Term of Contract:

Specialty crop block grant funds will be made available around September 30, 2020. Funded projects must be completed by September 29, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals are encouraged from state and local organizations, academia, producer associations, industry or community-based groups, and other specialty crop organizations.

Applicants may submit more than one proposal. If more than one proposal is submitted, please prioritize the submissions.

Grant funds cannot be awarded for projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual because these projects do not enhance the specialty crop industry’s competitiveness. In addition, recipients and subrecipients cannot use grant funds to compete unfairly with private companies that provide equivalent products or services.

Single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.

Multi-state partnerships are encouraged and should provide solutions to problems that cross state boundaries such as, but not limited to, addressing good agricultural practices, food safety, research on crop productivity or quality, pest and disease management, or commodity-specific projects addressing common issues in multi-state regions.

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Pre-Application Information:

The completed application packets must be received by 5:00 PM (CST) on April 6, 2020.

Applicants, with the exception of individuals, must have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number at the time of application.

Payment of funds to the grantee will be made on a monthly or quarterly reimbursement basis or as requested by the applicant.

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

Mail completed applications to:
Susan Head Lawrence, Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce
P.O. Box 1609
Jackson, MS 39215
Phone: (601) 359-1196

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