NM Specialty Crop Block Grant

New Mexico Department of Agriculture


Grant amount: US $15,000 - US $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Apr 10, 2018 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: New Mexico

Location of residency: New Mexico

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Overview:

The purpose of the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.  USDA defines specialty crops as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).”  Enhancing competitiveness may include developing local and rural food systems and improving food access in underserved communities.

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is part of the Farm Bill.  It’s administered across the nation by state departments of agriculture.  In New Mexico, applicants submit proposals for the federal funding through NMDA.  Successful applicants execute the work plan and all other aspects of the grant proposal, while NMDA monitors progress and acts as the fiscal agent.

Each project funded through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will be carried out over a one- to three-year timeframe.

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

Preferences:

  •  Consideration for grants that increase the competitiveness of specialty crop farmers, including Native American and disadvantaged farmers, will be addressed.
  • Increasing competitiveness may include developing local and rural food systems and improving food access in underserved communities.

Ineligibility:

  • Grant funds cannot be awarded to projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or an individual. 
  • Restrictions and limitations of grant funds include:
    • Capital Expenditures - (equipment, buildings, land) or expenditures to make improvements to capital assets that materially increase their value or useful life.
    • General Purpose Equipment - equipment not limited to research, scientific, or other technical activities.
    • Equipment - an article of nonexpendable, tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost equal to or greater than $1,000.