GDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

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The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) announces the competitive solicitation process to award the 2021 Specialty Crop Block Grant.

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds projects that “enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.”

Please see the specific listing of all eligible and ineligible crops at https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/specialty-crop. These include fruits and tree nuts, vegetables and horticulture crops.

“The goal of this grant program is to help fund research, marketing, and education projects that can produce the highest degree of measurable benefits to Georgia’s specialty crop producers, in relation to each dollar spent,” said Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black.

According to USDA-AMS guidelines, grant funds will not be awarded for projects whose sole purpose is to benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual.

The GDA will accept completed concept proposals no later than noon on Feb. 26, 2021. Approximately, the top 30 most impactful project proposals will be invited to submit a full application. Each application will be carefully reviewed and evaluated by a Review Committee sometime in April or May,” said Jen Erdmann, Director of Grants for the Department.

Please refer to the links available on the GDA grants webpage located at www.agr.georgia.gov/grants.aspx for the 2021 Request for Applications (RFA), the Concept Proposal form and for additional information. For questions, please contact GrantsDivision@agr.georgia.gov