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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program


The purpose of the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets. The SCBGP assists with improving the competitiveness of specialty crops by promoting, supporting research, and providing access to specialty crops. The SCBGP also helps address local, regional, and national challenges experienced by specialty crop producers. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines specialty crops as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).”

How to Apply?

The SCBGP is part of the Farm Bill and is administered across the nation by state departments of agriculture. Individuals or non-federal entities who are interested in applying for the SCBGP must submit a specialty crop project proposal to their state department of agriculture. In New Mexico, applicants must submit their proposal for federal funding through the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA). Successful applicants execute the work plan and all other aspects of the grant proposal. NMDA administers the SCBGP’s federal funding by acting as the fiscal agent and monitors the progress of the accepted projects.

The deadline to submit project proposals to NMDA is February 14, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. MT.

Visit Submittable to begin the proposal process for the Specialty Crop Block Grant application.


Request for Proposals


Proposals Reviewed by Evaluation Committee and NM Secretary of Agriculture


NMDA Notifies Applicants


Successful Applicants Complete Revised Proposals


NMDA Submits State Plan to USDA


Revisions / USDA-AMS Approval


Sub-Contracts Between Project Coordinators and NMSU / NMDA


  • Each project funded through the SCBGP must be completed within 3 years.
  • Grant funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis only.
  • Grant funds will not be awarded to projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product.
  • Grant funds will not be awarded to projects that provide profit to a single organization, institution, or individual.
  • Grant funds cannot be used for capital expenditures (equipment, buildings, and land).

Approved Accepted Full Proposals 2019-2022

For more information and/or questions about the SCBGP, please send an email to:

Additional Information

2024 USDA Request for Application

Adobe PDF

NEW: Apply through NMDA's grant management platform, Submittable

Click on “2024 SCBGP Proposal Template”

Evaluation Plan (Performance Measures)

Adobe PDF

Updated 1/26/22

Example Letter of Intent

PDF, Updated 12/8/23

Accepted Approved Proposal 2023

PDF, Updated 10/31/23