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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

Grants to North Dakota Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
and IHEs to Improve the Market for Specialty Crops

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North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA)

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01/13/21 4:00 PM CST Receipt


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Grants to North Dakota nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, and IHEs to improve the market for eligible agricultural crops produced within the State. Funding is intended to support areas such as research, food safety, educational outreach, the development of new seed varieties, and disease and pest control. Projects must enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, defined as vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, nursery crops (including floriculture), tree nuts, and horticulture.

Examples of Acceptable Projects:

  • A non-profit organization requests funds to conduct an advertising campaign that will benefit their specialty crop members
  • A state requests funding to contract with a university to conduct research on the feasibility of planting, cultivating, and growing a specialty crop in a specific area, the results of which will be shared with many growers throughout the state during the project
  • A single grower requests funds to demonstrate the viability of small fruit production and partners with an Extension program to publicize the working model of diversification to other regional growers
  • A single company requests funds to provide a viable pollination alternative to specialty crop stakeholders in a region that currently does not have one
  • A single farmer erects high tunnels on their property to extend the growing season of tomatoes and lettuce and conducts a field day and farm tour to encourage other small family farmers to adopt the production methods

Program Priorities:

  • Providing Farmer Education on Specialty Crop:
    • Farm-to-institution practices
    • Value-added production
    • Disease and pest management
    • Farm and food safety
    • Organic and non-organic food production
    • Use of beneficial organisms
    • Business development
  • Supporting Research in the Areas of Specialty Crop:
    • Disease and pest management
    • Variety testing and selection
    • Organic and non-organic food production
    • Use of beneficial organisms
    • Adaptability and Resiliency
  • Planning and Supporting Infrastructures that Create or Support Specialty Crop:
    • Storage
    • Processing
    • Farm to institute
    • Pest management assistance for farmers
  • Increasing Consumer Awareness of the Value of Specialty Crops Through:
    • Education
    • Market Development

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180502

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant project amounts for FY2021 do not have a floor or a cap. NDDA reserves the right to offer an award amount less than the amount requested.

Term of Contract:

The maximum grant duration is two (2) years and grant funds cannot be expended before October 1, 2021, or after September 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following organizations can submit projects that aim to enhance the production and competitiveness of North Dakota’s specialty crop industries:
- Non-profit organizations
- Government entities
- For-profit organizations
- Industry trade associations
- Producer groups
- Commodity commissions
- Public and private colleges/universities
- Individuals (must partner with an above group)

- Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that directly benefit or provide profit only to a single organization, institution, or individual
- Funds may not be used to purchase fixed assets or personal property
- Expenditures incurred prior to grant award may not be included in the grant request or eligible for reimbursement
- Administration or indirect costs (defined as expenses incurred in controlling or directing an organization, but not directly identifiable with financing, marketing, or production operations) cannot be paid for with these grant funds

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 their logo to make their 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:

- December 1, 2020: Open Request for Applications
- January 13, 2021 by 4:00 PM CST: Application Deadline
- March 2021: Review Panel Meets
- May 2021: NDDA Notifies Applicants of ND Awards
- May 2021: State Plan Submitted to USDA

There is no limit on the number of proposals applicants may submit; however, each proposal should be for a wholly unique project. Applicants should not submit multiple proposals for a single project.

NDDA SCBGP does not have a cost-sharing or matching requirement. However, in some cases an applicant proposes cost-sharing or matching contributions as a mechanism to ensure all grant funds will solely enhance the competitiveness of eligible specialty crops. In this situation, the recipient of funds must keep adequate records to identify and document the specific costs or contributions proposed to meet the match or cost-share and document how the valuation was determined.

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

Email the completed Project Profile and Cover Sheet (along with any letters of support) to by due date.

North Dakota Department of Agriculture
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 602
Bismarck, ND 58505

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