AK Specialty Crop Block Grant

Alaska Division of Agriculture

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Grant amount: Up to US $60,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 11, 2020 6:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Mar 25, 2020 6:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Research Scientist Faculty Organizations

Funding uses: Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Alaska

Location of residency: Alaska

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Overview:

AK Specialty Crop Block Grant

Alaska’s Division of Agriculture announces the availability of grant funds for the purpose of enhancing the competitiveness of Alaska’s specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, horticulture and nursery crops. These funds are awarded through a competitive review process guided by industry, nonprofit and government stakeholders. 

Funding Source and Available Funds

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) distributes block grant funds annually, which are administered by State departments/divisions of agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. AMS has announced 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funding availability, and the Division intends to grant multiple projects.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops (including floriculture and turf production). The USDA maintains a list of eligible specialty crops on its website:. AMS encourages projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, sustain the livelihoods of American farmers, and strengthen local economies.

Projects that demonstrate innovative partnerships are encouraged. Applications that build on a previously funded SCBGP project may be submitted; in such cases, the application should clearly indicate how the project complements previous work. Applications for grant funds should show how the project impacts multiple businesses in the specialty crop supply chain and/or produces measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry, rather than a single organization, institution, or individual.

Alaska SCBGP funds will be distributed to the specialty crop industry through a competitive review process. Grants must follow USDA guidelines for eligible spending. Guidelines are available here and are briefly covered in Appendix A.

Funding is contingent upon passage of a Farm Bill and available funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA, AMS).

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