Idaho Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA)

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Grant amount: US $50,000 - US $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Apr 12, 2020

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Idaho

Location of residency: Idaho

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Specialty crop funding is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture and is allocated to the state to be awarded through a competitive grant process. Projects must solely enhance the competitiveness of U.S. grown specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets and must provide a benefit to more than just the applicant. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.

Funds are available to interested local, state and federal government agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations and universities.

Projects may include, but are not limited to: 

  • pest and disease control,
  • enhancing food safety,
  • developing new and improved seed varieties,
  • increasing consumption of specialty crops,
  • market development, and
  • developing good agricultural, handling or manufacturing practices.

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


  • Eligible Entities:
    • ISDA is seeking proposals from eligible non-profit organizations, local, state, and federal government entities, for-profit organizations, and universities for projects that aim to enhance the production and competitiveness of Idaho specialty crops.
    • In order to be eligible to participate, applicants must reside in or their business or educational affiliation must be in Idaho.
  • Eligible Grant Projects: (detailed information can be found here)
    • Enhance the Competitiveness of U.S. Specialty Crops - To be eligible for a grant, the project(s) must solely enhance the competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets.
    •  Benefit More Than One Product or Organization - Applications for grant funds should show how the project potentially impacts and produces measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public rather than a single organization, institution, or individual.
    • Completed by September 30, 2019 - Projects must be completed between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2019.
    • Multi-State Partnerships - Multi-state projects are encouraged to provide a growing need for solutions to problems that cross state boundaries.
    • Match - Matching funds are encouraged but not required.


  • Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that solely provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual.
    • Single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.