For FY 2017, the SCBGP awarded approximately $60 million to 678 projects. To view a list of awardees, click here.
In FY 2016, the SCBGP awarded approximately $62 million to 693 projects. To view a list of awardees, click here.
For FY 2015 the SCBGP awarded approximately $63 million to 755 projects. To view a list of awardees, click here.
How can funds be used?
The funds awarded through the SCBGP must be used by the recipient on projects that address issues associated with specialty crops, including:
- Enhancing food safety
- Assisting all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain in 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, and development of organic and sustainable production practices
- Improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems
- Developing local and regional food systems
- Improving food access in underserved communities
Grant recipients must use awarded grant funds within three years of the start date.
within the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam,
American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. These entities are eligible to apply for grant funds directly to the USDA
For more information, visit the USDA’s website.
The USDA recognizes that interstate cooperation is often the best way to address issues and create lasting solutions. The Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP) is designed to fund multi-state collaborations aimed at addressing specialty crop issues such as food safety; plant pests and disease; research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion (Source).
Unlike the SCBGP, the SCMP is not available in every state. Eligible applicants include the agency, commission, or department responsible for agriculture in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Available funding for each year of the grant has been determined ahead of time through fiscal year 2018. Any funds not awarded in a given year will be rolled over into the following fiscal year.