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
  • Local 
  • Government entities
  • For-profit organizations
  • Industry trade associations
  • Producer groups
  • Commodity commissions
  • Public and private colleges/universities
Exclusions​
  • 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)

Date​​

Action

​March 6, 2017

​Invitation by ADAI to submit grant proposals

March 22, 2017

Conference call with applicants

May 19, 2017

Full grant proposals due to ADAI

June 2017

ADAI state application submitted to USDA

October/November 2017 Award announcements from USDA

Resources

Alabama Specialty Crop Application Template 

Specialty Crop Grant Guidelines

USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Information 
Contact
Johnny Blackmon 
johnny.blackmon@agi.alabama.gov
1445 Federal Drive
Montgomery, AL 36107
(334) 240-7257