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Grants to Washington Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, Schools,
and Industry Groups to Improve Crop Competitiveness

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)

LOI Date:

01/13/22

Deadline Date:

03/21/22 5:00 PM PST

Description:

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Grants to Washington nonprofit and for-profit organizations, industry and producer groups, government agencies, tribes, commodity commissions, and institutions of higher education for agricultural programs that promote specific crops. Applicants must submit a concept proposal prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Eligible specialty crop plants are cultivated for food, medicinal purposes, or beautification.

A specialty crop is:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Tree nuts
  • Dried fruits
  • Horticulture
  • Nursery crops (including floriculture).

Acceptable projects:

  • A non-profit requests funds to show the viability of organic small fruit production. They partner with University Extension to promote the working model to other regional growers.
  • 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 growers throughout the state.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200684

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$4,600,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests can range from $25,000 to $250,000.

Term of Contract:

This FY2022 competitive process is for projects that will have a performance period beginning no earlier than 9/30/22 and ending no later than 9/29/25.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations include:
- Industry associations
- Producer groups
- Commodity commissions
- Non-profit organizations
- For-profit organizations
- Local, state, and federal government entities
- Educational institutions

Projects cannot benefit a single commercial product. Projects cannot provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual. Recipients cannot use grant funds to compete with private companies. This program will not provide funds to start or expand a farm or other business venture.

Unacceptable projects:
- A company requests funds to buy starter plants or equipment to grow specialty crops to make a profit or to expand production for a single organization.
- A single specialty crop organization requests funds to promote themselves to increase membership.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:

Phase I Concept Proposal
- October 22, 2021: Request for Concept Proposals released
- January 13, 2022: Concept Proposals due, 5:00 pm PST
- February 17, 2022: Notification and feedback to applicants

Phase II Full Proposal
- February 2022: Request for Grant Proposals released
- March 21, 2022: Grant Proposals due, 5:00 pm PST
- April 2022: Notification and feedback to applicants
- May 2022: WSDA Application due to USDA

Applicants must have a valid DUNS number and be registered with SAM.gov prior to applying.

Additional information: https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/specialty-crop

Contact Information:

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

Submit concept proposals and applications online: https://wsdaspecialtycrop.secure-platform.com/a/organizations/main/home

Direct questions to specialtycrop@agr.wa.gov or call (360) 742-7194.

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