PA Specialty Crop Grant Program

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA)

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Dec 28, 2019 1:00pm PST (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group For-Profit Business

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

Location of project: Pennsylvania

Location of residency: Pennsylvania

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Program Background

Each state that submits an application is reviewed and approved by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is to receive at least an amount that is equal to the higher of $100,000, or 1/3 of 1 percent of the total amount of funding made available for the fiscal year. In addition, AMS will allocate the remainder of the grant funds based on the value of specialty crop production in each state in relation to the national value of specialty crop production using the latest available cash receipt data.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture procedures for grant selection are posted on the Specialty Crop link. In accordance with USDA-AMS suggested method for proposal selection; a competitive process is embraced and overseen by an appointed Advisory Board.

Focus Areas

  • Agricultural Education and Outreach
  • Environmental Crop Research/Conservation
  • Enhancement of Food Safety/Food Security
  • Plant Pest and Disease Control
  • Trade Enhancements/Innovations
  • Nutrition Education and Consumption
  • Good Agricultural Practices
  • Good Handling Practices
  • Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Organic and Sustainable Production Practices

Eligible Projects

SCBGP-FB grant funds will be awarded for projects of up to 2 years duration. Examples of projects aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crops include, but are not limited to:

  • Increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops.
  • Participation of industry representatives at meetings of international standard setting bodies in which the U.S. government participates.
  • Improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems.
  • Assisting all entities in the specialty crop distribution chains 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.
  • Investing in specialty crop research, including organic research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes; enhancing food safety.
  • Developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops.
  • Pest and disease control; and
  • sustainability.

SCBGP-FB funds shall be used for projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops and benefit the specialty crop industry as a whole. Projects must enhance specialty crop industry competitiveness. 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.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). For a complete list of eligible crops see Here.

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


  • State and/or local organizations, producer associations, academia, community based organizations, and other specialty crops stakeholders are eligible to apply. 
  • Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). See a complete list of eligible crops.


  • 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.