Nevada Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

State of Nevada Department of Agriculture

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

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 15, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 15, 2019 5:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

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

Location of project: Nevada

Location of residency: Nevada

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Under the 2008 Farm bill, the Nevada Department of Agriculture receives grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of Nevada’s specialty crops (fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture) -- see full list here). 

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

  • 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
  • Develop new/improved seed varieties and specialty crops
  • Control pests and diseases
  • Create sustainable production practices
  • Establish local and regional fresh food systems
  • Expand food access in underserved/food desert communities

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


  • 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.


  • Debarred or suspended organizations are not eligible.
  • Any individual/organization that has been disbarred or had funding revoked with any state/federal entity will not be considered.
  • Poor performance from previous SCBGP awards may also impact eligibility. Previous sub-grantees with poor performance may not be considered for funding.
  • Any crop that is federally illegal to produce and distribute is not eligible for this federal program