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Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG)

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits, Producers, and
IHEs to Support and Improve Specialty Crops

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA)

Deadline Date:

04/04/19 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to Tennessee universities, cooperatives, producers, and nonprofits for projects that improve the competitiveness of specialty crops, including fruits, dried fruits, vegetables, horticulture, tree nuts, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Projects should be innovative, directly impact the highest number of growers, and have a long-lasting impact on local agriculture.

Tennessee‘s funding priorities:
- Projects with potential impact on the greatest number of Specialty Crop producers
- Projects that are innovative and can be used as a teaching/research tool for other Specialty Crop growers
- Projects that provide a learning foundation for future generation of Specialty Crop growers
- Projects that expand markets for new and existing Specialty Crop growers.

States are encouraged to develop projects 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 (21 U.S.C. Chapter 27), for example, developing “Good Agricultural Practices,” “Good Handling Practices,” “Good Manufacturing Practices,” and in costshare arrangements for funding audits of such systems (including USDA GroupGAP) 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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 180592

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The maximum award amount is $50,000. First time applicant requests are capped at $25,000.

Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed by August 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Universities, institutions, cooperatives, producers, industry or community-based organizations may submit a proposal for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted no later than 4:30 PM on April 4, 2019.

Early submission is recommended.

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

Proposals should be submitted by email to

Tennessee Department of Agriculture
440 Hogan Road
Nashville, TN 37220

(615) 837-5103

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USA: Tennessee