For over 10 years, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) has administered grant funding received from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). NCDA&CS awards SCBGP funds through a competitive review process guided by industry, nonprofit and government stakeholders. Projects are monitored and assisted to ensure their success and positive impact on NC agriculture.
The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is to solely enhance the competitiveness, marketing, awareness and research of specialty crops. Fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticultural products, nursery crops (including floriculture) as well as other crops are defined as Specialty Crops.
Eligible applicants include State and/or local governmental units, academia [Universities and, Colleges], and non-profit organizations. This also includes producer associations, community based organizations and other specialty crop stakeholders that may be eligible to apply either as single entities or in combined efforts. Since inception, over 215 projects in NC have received over $15.1 million to advance research, marketing, sales, awareness and consumption of specialty crops!
Funded projects for the 2021 application cycle have been announced! 11 NC projects were funded as part of the 2018 Farm Bill's allocation to Specialty Crops for 2021. See the list here. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (H.R. 133) allocated addtional funding for projects designed to address the challenges of the COVID pandemic. See the five funded NC projects here.
TENTATIVE 2022 APPLICATION CYCLE DATES
(subject to change)
December 3, 2021: Applications available online
January 21, 2022: Draft applications for review due
February 7, 2022: Applications due
For more information of if you have questions, please contact Jenni Keith, the NCSCBG Program Coordinator, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org