Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Overview

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 competiveness 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).” 

View a full list of the program's eligible specialty crops

For more information, please visit the USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) website

https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp

2021 NMDA Request for Proposals

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How to Apply?

The SCBGP is part of the Farm Bill. The program is administered across the nation by state departments of agriculture. Individuals or non-federal entities who are interested in applying for the SCBGP may 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 15, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. MT.

In order for potential applicants to learn more information and gain a better understanding of the program, the following virtual outreach workshops will be held:

  • Thursday, January 14 at 1 p.m. Mountain Time. Register in advance for this meeting  here
  • Tuesday, January 19  at 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time. Register in advance for this meeting here
  • Thursday, January 21 at 7 a.m. Mountain Time. Register in advance for this meeting here

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Request for Proposals

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Proposals Reviewed by Evaluation Committee and NM Secretary of Agriculture

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NMDA Notifies Applicants

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Successful Applicants Complete Revised Proposals

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NMDA Submits State Plan to USDA

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Revisions / USDA-AMS Approval

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Sub-Contracts Between Project Coordinators and NMSU / NMDA

Considerations

  • 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).

Additional Information

2020 USDA Request for Application

Adobe PDF

2021 Coming Soon

2020 Project Profile Template

Microsoft Word

2021 Template Coming Soon

(Please use 2020 template in order to meet Feb. 15, 2021 deadline)

Evaluation Plan (Performance Measures)

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A list of 2020 and 2019 awarded NM Projects

Microsoft Word

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