2014 California Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Open; Concept Proposals Due December 6

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2014 California Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The program is a two-phase application process, with concept proposals due December 6.

Morrison has reached capacity to assist clients with SCBG applications this year, however please feel free to contact contact Toni (tscott@morrisonco.net or at 530-893-4764, ext. 205) or any member of the Morrison team if you would like more information on the program.

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is open to non-profit and for-profit organizations; local, state, and federal government entities including tribal governments; and public or private colleges and universities, who are eligible to apply for up to $400,000 in grant funding to promote and increase opportunities for specialty crop producers.

Projects must fall within the following categories:

  • Market Enhancement
  • Agriculture Education
  • Nutrition
  • Environmental Stewardship and Conservation
  • Plant Health and Invasive Species Impact Mitigation
  • Food Safety

Project examples include those that may support statewide market promotion or awareness of specialty crops; increase customers and sales of California specialty crops; develop community and school gardens or urban farms; address regulatory challenges for California specialty crop growers; or develop pest protocol programs for specialty crops.

Grants cannot directly benefit or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual. Matching funds are encouraged, but not required.

This year Morrison was blessed with success on three 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant proposals prepared by our team for a total of $883,456.
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