RI Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM)

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $50,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 31, 2020

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

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

Location of project: Rhode Island

Location of residency: Rhode Island

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The RIDEM/Division of Agriculture is pleased to announce the availability of Farm Viability grant funds for the purpose of enhancing the Competitiveness of Specialty Crops grown in Rhode Island. 

The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” Specialty crops are defined by this federally supported program as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops including floriculture such as Christmas Trees, cut flowers, honey, hops, and turf grass production.

Examples of enhancing the market competitiveness of specialty crops include, but are not limited to:

  • Research
  • promotion
  • marketing
  • nutrition
  • trade enhancement
  • food safety
  • food security
  • plant health programs
  • education
  • "buy local" programs
  • increased consumption
  • increased innovation
  • improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems
  • environmental concerns and conservation
  • product development, and developing cooperatives

Grant applications and projects must further the competitiveness of specialty crops only as broadly as possible in Rhode Island, and not just serve to enhance individual farm viability pursuant to USDA program guidelines.

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


  • All Rhode Island Agricultural organizations or residents who are interested in obtaining grant program funds are invited to submit grant proposals to the Rhode Island Division of Agriculture. 


  • Applicants with matching investment as evidenced by budget and narrative may receive additional evaluation consideration.


  • Grant funds will not be awarded for Projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual.
  • No grant monies may be spent on construction projects.
  • Applicants with previous participation that have incomplete or unsatisfactory performance may be ruled ineligible for participation at the sole discretion of RI Division of Agriculture.