OR Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA)

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Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $175,000

Deadline: Jan 31, 2020 12:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) receives grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enhance the competitiveness of Oregon's specialty crops. ODA accepts competitive applications for specialty crop grant funds annually. 

Examples of Acceptable Projects :

  • A State requests funding to contract with a university to conduct research on the feasibility of planting, cultivating, and growing a specialty crop in a particular area, the results of which will be shared with many growers throughout the State during the project. 
  • A single grower requests funds to demonstrate the viability of organic small fruit production and partners with Cooperative Extension to publicize the working model of diversification to other regional growers. 
  • A single company requests funds to provide a viable pollination alternative to specialty crop stakeholders in a region that currently does not have one. 
  • A single non-profit organization requests funds to conduct an advertising campaign that will benefit their specialty crop members. 
  • A single farmer erects high tunnels on his/her property to extend the growing season of tomatoes and lettuce and conducts a field day and farm tour to encourage other small family farmers to adopt the production methods.

Program Funding Priorities

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  • Market development and access
    • International
    • Local and farm-direct, regional, and domestic markets
  • Certification programs
  • Food safety compliance and traceability
  • Efficiency of distribution systems
  • Pest and disease management
  • Training and equipping the next generation
  • On farm labor needs
  • Productivity enhancements, innovation, value added
  • Agriculture and food-related priorities identified by Oregon Solutions Network Regional Solutions Centers

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


  • The following organizations can submit projects that aim to enhance the production and competitiveness of Oregon’s specialty crop industries: 
    • Non-profit organizations 
    • Local
    • Government entities
    • For-profit organizations
    • Industry trade associations
    • Producer groups
    • Commodity commissions
    • Public and private colleges/universities
  • Crops that are eligible:
    • Fruits 
    • Vegetables
    • Tree nuts
    • Dried fruits
    • Christmas trees
    • Turf type grasses
    • Nursery crops (including floriculture and horticulture)
    • A complete list of eligible and ineligible crops under the grant program can be found at the USDA specialty crop block grant website.
  • To be eligible for a grant, the project(s) must "enhance the competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops" in either domestic or foreign markets.


  • Though matching funds are not a requirement of the SCBGP – Match is strongly encouraged to show the importance and value of the project and to show sustainability beyond SCBGP funds. 


  • Exclusions​:
    • Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that directly benefit or provide profit only to a single organization, institution, or individual. 
    • Funds may not be used to purchase fixed assets or personal property.
    • Expenditures incurred prior to grant award may not be included in the grant request or eligible for reimbursement.
    • Administration or indirect costs (defined as expenses incurred in controlling or directing an organization, but not directly identifiable with financing, marketing, or production operations) cannot be paid for with these grant funds.​