TN Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG)

Tennessee Department of Agriculture


Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2019 1:00pm PST

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

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

Location of project: Tennessee

Location of residency: Tennessee

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Overview:

Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG)

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).”

Universities, institutions, cooperatives, producers, industry or community-based organizations may submit a proposal for funding. Projects must directly impact multiple Tennessee producers. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture seeks to identify and support projects that are forward thinking with a positive, long lasting impact on Tennessee Agriculture.

Project Types

SCBGP encourages States to develop projects pertaining to the following issues affecting the specialty crop industry:

  • enhancing food safety;
  • Improving the capacity of all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act, for example, by 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 research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes;
  • developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops;
  • pest and disease control;
  • increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops;
  • improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems; and
  • sustainability.

Outcome Measures

  • Outcome 1: To enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through increased sales 
  • Outcome 2: Enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through increased consumption 
  • Outcome 3: Enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through increased access and awareness
  • Outcome 4: Enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops though greater capacity of sustainable practices of specialty crop production resulting in increased yield, reduced inputs, increased efficiency, increased economic return, and/or conservation of resources. 
  • Outcome 5: Enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through more sustainable, diverse, and resilient specialty crop systems 
  • Outcome 6: Enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through increasing the number of viable technologies to improve food safety 
  • Outcome 7: Enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through increased understanding of threats to food safety from microbial and chemical sources 
  • Outcome 8: Enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through enhancing or improving the economy as a result of specialty crop development. 

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

Eligibility:

  • Universities, institutions, cooperatives, producers, industry or community-based organizations may submit a proposal for funding.
  • Project(s) must solely enhance the competitiveness of Tennessee specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets. 
  • Each project must include at least one of the outcomes listed and least one of the outcome indicators summarized in Overview and in full here.

Ineligibility:

  • SCBGP will not award grant funds for projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual.
  • In addition, recipients and subrecipients cannot use grant funds to compete unfairly with private companies that provide equivalent products or services.
    • Single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.
  • Unacceptable Projects:
    • A company requests grant funds to purchase starter plants or equipment used to plant, cultivate, and grow a specialty crop to make a profit, or to expand production of a single business or organization. 
    • A State requests grant funds to make grants to individual specialty crop businesses or roadside stands to promote their individual business. 
    • A non-profit organization uses grant funds to purchase produce and then sells that produce to other entities at cost or a higher price than the purchase price while competing with other private companies who sell produce in the area. 
    • A sole proprietor requests grant funds to redesign her/his logo in order to make her/his specialty crop valueadded product stand out at the local farmers’ market.
    • A single specialty crop organization requests grant funds to market its organization so that it can increase its membership