Michigan Specialty Crop Block Grants

Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

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Anticipated deadline: Feb 27, 2021 12:00pm PST

Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Fields of work: Agricultural Crops Insect Pest Control Horticulture & Gardening

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Government Entity, Nonprofit, College / University

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

Location of project: Michigan

Location of residency: Michigan

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Michigan Specialty Crop Block Grants

This is the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) program outline for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program-Farm Bill (SCBGP-FB) through the United States Department of Agriculture-Ag Marketing Service (USDA-AMS). The funding is from federal allocations. 

Specialty crops are defined as “fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.” Included are listings of plants commonly considered as fruits and tree nuts; vegetables; culinary herbs and spices; medicinal herbs; and nursery, floriculture, and horticulture crops.


The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of Michigan specialty crops. T

he funds can be used for projects involved in promotion, marketing, research, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education, increased knowledge and consumption, increased innovation, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems, environmental concerns and conservation, product development, good agricultural practices, good handling practices, and good manufacturing practices. 

Funding Priorities

  • Market Enhancement
    • Market Expansion and Access
    • Farm to Institution
  • Research
    • Plant Health & Pest Management
    • Farm Sustainability
  • Training & Education
    • Food Safety
    • Environmental Sustainability
    • Workforce/Labor 

This is a cost reimbursement program. Grantees are to follow reporting requirements outlined in the Grant Agreement for requesting reimbursement from MDARD. This will include sending the report, invoice to MDARD, and proper documentation for payment of expenses.

The State of Michigan and the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, height, weight, marital status, partisan considerations, or a disability or genetic information that is unrelated to the person's ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position.

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


  • Eligible applicants  must be a non-profit or for-profit organization, local, state, and federal government entities, including tribal governments
    • If you are a university applying for funding, your application must be submitted by the commodity group or other eligible organization for which the work is being performed.  
  • Applicants must reside, and/or conduct their business or organization in Michigan and must be in good standing. 
  • See a list of Eligible commodities


  • Ineligible Criteria:
    • Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that directly benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual, as these projects do not enhance specialty crop industry competitiveness. 
    • Incomplete proposals, including proposals with one or more unanswered questions and/or missing, unreadable, or otherwise unusable attachments. 
    • Proposals with activities outside the grant duration.
    • Proposals with more than the maximum award amount.
    • Proposals with unallowable costs and activities necessary to complete the project objectives. 
    • Proposals for ineligible or non-specialty crop commodities.