Nevada Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

State of Nevada Department of Agriculture

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $25,000

Next anticipated deadline: Apr 4, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 15, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

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

Location of project: Nevada

Location of residency: Nevada

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Overview:

Background/Overview

The Agriculture Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) authorized the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to partner with state departments of agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of growers of fruits, vegetables, and other horticultural crops in areas such as marketing, promotion, education, research, trade and nutrition.

Specialty crops are defined as:

  • fruits and vegetables,
  • tree nuts,
  • dried fruits, and
  • nursery crops (including floriculture).

Scope of Work and Program Priorities

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) is pleased to announce a competitive solicitation process to award funds for specialty crop projects in Nevada. The sole purpose of this program is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. All projects must benefit multiple beneficiaries which include education initiatives and research that is shared with stakeholders.

Priorities for use of USDA SpecialtyCrop Competitive Grant Program funds will include, but are not limited to the activities listed below:

  • Develop new/improved seed varieties and specialty crops
  • Research that will aid in control of pests and diseases
  • Increase education that will support the establishment of new specialty crop producers
  • Create sustainable production practices
  • Establish local and regional fresh food systems
  • Expand food access in underserved/food desert communities
  • Increase nutritional knowledge and specialty crop consumption
  • Improve efficiency within the distribution system and reduce costs
  • Support research through standard and green initiatives
  • Enhance food safety

Projects must have multiple beneficiaries and cannot be used to solely benefit one individual or organization

Approximately $250,000 is available for funding Nevada SCBGP projects. Funding availability for projects may increase or decrease depending on the number of applicants.

All projects must be completed within three years. Projects that are anticipated to be completed in less than three years are still eligible to apply. All project leads/coordinators will be required to submit annual progress reports and a final report. The final report is to be submitted no more than sixty days after the completion of the project. The expenditure of grant funds must occur within the authorized sub-grant period. Failure to fulfill reporting requirements may be cause for withholding funding, withdrawal of funding, or possible rejection of future proposals.

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

Eligibility:

  • Projects must have multiple beneficiaries and cannot be used to solely benefit one individual or organization. 
  • All entities, organizations, or individuals are eligible and must be in good standing.
  • Additional eligibility information includes the following:
    • Applications will be accepted from non-profits, tribal organizations, minority groups, disadvantaged farmers, agricultural associations, industry groups, community based organizations, individual producers (cannot be for sole-proprietorship purposes) and academia that seek to improve the competitiveness of specialty crops in Nevada.
    • Applicants must be in good standing with all grant funds and required reports associated with NDA in order to be eligible to apply.
    • Applicant projects must benefit more than one individual or organization.
  • Eligible Specialty Crops
    • This list is not all inclusive. If unsure whether your crop would qualify contact the program coordinator.
    • Fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and nursery crops (including floriculture) are eligible specialty crops
    •  A full list of eligible crops can be found here.
  • Eligible Grant Projects
    • Examples of "enhancing the competitiveness" of specialty crops includes, but is not limited to:
      •  research, promotion, marketing, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education, increased consumption, increased innovation, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems, development of sustainable farming systems, school garden programs, farm-to-school programs, environmental concerns and conservation, product development, and developing cooperatives.

Ineligibility:

  • Crops excluded from the program as defined by USDA's Agriculture Marketing Service include:
    • cotton, cottonseed, feed crops (such as barley, corn, hay, oats, sorghum grain, and millet), flaxseed, food grains (such as quinoa, rice, rye, and wheat), livestock and dairy products (including eggs), marine aquaculture, oil crops (such as peanut, soybean, sunflower, safflower, rapeseed, canola, and mustard seed), peanuts, range grasses, sugar beets, sugarcane, and tobacco.