GA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

Georgia Department of Agriculture

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $175,000

Next deadline: Feb 28, 2020 9:00am PST (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Apr 10, 2020 9:00am PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Georgia (US state)

Location of residency: Georgia (US state)

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The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is pleased to announce the competitive solicitation process to award the 2017 USDA/AMS (Agricultural Marketing Service) Specialty Crop Block Program grant (SCBGP). Individual project award funding requests require a minimum request of $10,000 up to a maximum of $175,000. Awarded projects will have up to three years to complete the requirements of the grant.


The purpose of the SCBGP is to provide funding for projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Georgia. The project proposal must focus on research, education, marketing, etc., and benefit the specialty crop industry.

Specialty crops are defined as: fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, Christmas trees, turfgrass/sod, nursery and greenhouse crops, including floriculture. Please see the specific listing of eligible crops on the USDA/AMS website.

Funding Priorities

The following have been identified as funding priorities for the 2017 SCBGP for Georgia:

  • Increasing consumption of specialty crops in Georgia’s schools by expanding child knowledge of and improving access to the nutritional benefits of specialty crops; 
  • Enhancing specialty crop food safety, particularly in regard to helping farmers/growers/producers prepare for and comply with the provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA); 
  • Assisting all entities in the specialty crop production/distribution chain in developing “Good Agricultural Practices,” “Good Handling Practices,” “Good Manufacturing Practices,” and in cost-share arrangements for funding audits of such systems for small farmers; packers and processors; 
  • Research projects, including those which focus on helping specialty crop growers reduce the financial costs and/or environmental impact of their operations, including improved pest and disease management techniques, efficient water management, integrated pest management, and/or sustainable production; 
  • Developing and researching new and improved specialty crop varieties that are better adapted to Georgia’s soils and climate and/or result in longer shelf-life; 
  • Increasing sales and marketability and driving demand for commercially grown specialty crops

GDA’s intent is to fund projects that can produce the highest degree of measurable benefits to Georgia’s specialty crop producers, in relation to each dollar spent.

Note that the public is welcome to suggest additional funding priorities to be considered by GDA for future SCBGP solicitations. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Proposals will be accepted ONLY from:
    • IRS-designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations,
    • commodity commissions,
    • grower associations,
    • state and local government entities, and
    • colleges and universities.
  • Applicants must reside in or their business or educational affiliation must be in Georgia.
  • Non-profit organizations are strongly encouraged to partner with a Principal Investigator (PI) from a Georgia college or university, preferably from either of Georgia’s Land Grant institutions (UGA or FVSU). 


  • Individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible to apply.