Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)


The Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries (ADAI) receives grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enhance the competitiveness of Alabama's specialty crops. ADAI accepts competitive applications for specialty crop grant funds annually. 

Solely enhance the competitiveness of US specialty crops

To be eligible for a grant, the project(s) must "solely enhance the competitiveness of US specialty crops" in either domestic or foreign markets.

Crops that are eligible

  • ​​Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Tree nuts
  • Dried fruits
  • Christmas trees
  • Turf type grasses
  • Nursery crops (including floriculture and horticulture)
A complete list of eligible and ineligible crops under the grant program can be found at the USDA specialty crop block grant website.​

Applicants are encouraged to read program guidelines document for full eligibility requirements prior to submitting a proposal.​

Applicant eligibility​

The following organizations can submit projects that aim to enhance the production and competitiveness of Alabama’s specialty crop industries:

  • Non-profit organizations 
  • Government entities
  • For-profit organizations
  • Industry trade associations
  • Producer groups
  • Commodity commissions
  • Public and private colleges/universities
  • Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that directly benefit or provide profit only to a single organization, institution, or individual.
  • Funds may not be used to purchase fixed assets or personal property.
  • Expenditures incurred prior to grant award may not be included in the grant request or eligible for reimbursement.
  • Administration or indirect costs (defined as expenses incurred in controlling or directing an organization, but not directly identifiable with financing, marketing, or production operations) cannot be paid for with these grant funds.​
Timeline (subject to change)



March 10, 2020

​Invitation by ADAI to submit grant proposals

March 19, 2020

Conference call with applicants
(Contact Johnny Blackmon at 334-240-7257 to obtain conference connection code)

April 27, 2020

Full grant proposals due to ADAI

May 20, 2020

ADAI state application submitted to USDA

Sept 8 - Sept 24, 2020 Award announcements from USDA


Alabama Specialty Crop Application Template

Performance Measures

Specialty Crop Grant Guidelines

USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Information 

Johnny Blackmon 
1445 Federal Drive
Montgomery, AL 36107
(334) 240-7257