Application Period for 2015 California Specialty Crop Block Grants Now Open; Proposals Due Dec. 5

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2015 California Specialty Crop Block Grant. The program is a two-phase application process, with concept proposals due December 5.

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 $450,000 in grant funding to promote and increase opportunities for specialty crop producers.

Projects must fall within the following categories:

  • Market Enhancement
  • Specialty Crop Access and Nutrition Education
  • Equipping Current and Next Generation Specialty Crop Farmers
  • Environmental Stewardship and Conservation
  • Plant Health and Pest Management
  • Food Safety

Project examples includethose 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; expand organic and sustainable production practices; or develop new tools for the eradication of pests affecting specialty crops.

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

If you are interested in applying for 2015 California SCBG grant funding, please contact Toni (tscott@morrisonco.net or at 530-893-4764, ext. 205) or any member of the Morrison team. We still have capacity to accept clients for this program and are happy to discuss any potential projects with you and answer any questions you may have about the program.

Morrison was blessed with success on four 2014 Specialty Crop Block grant proposals, announced earlier this month, assisting our clients in securing nearly $1.5 million in total grant funding.

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