The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is pleased to announce the competitive solicitation process to award the 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds projects that “enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.” Specialty crops are defined as: fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, Christmas trees, turfgrass/sod, nursery and greenhouse crops, including floriculture. Click here to see specific listing of all eligible crops.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will make approximately $55 million available, with Georgia’s share being approximately $1.13 million. (This is contingent upon federal funding becoming available.) Grant amounts will be awarded from $10,000 to approximately $150,000 per project. Grants will be awarded for up to three years. GDA’s intent is to fund projects that can produce the highest degree of measurable benefits to Georgia’s specialty crop producers, in relation to each dollar spent. GDA is seeking applications from organizations that seek to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Georgia including: non-profit organizations and corporations, commodity commissions, associations, state and local government entities, and colleges and universities. Applicants must reside or their business or educational affiliation must be in Georgia. USDA-AMS rules state: Grant funds will NOT be awarded for projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual. Single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.
Grant applications must be received by GDA on Monday, April 15, by 4:30 p.m., via email or US Mail. Please refer to the links available on the GDA grants webpage located at for the grant application, guidelines, and additional information.
Once all applications are submitted to GDA, each one will be carefully reviewed and evaluated by a Review Committee. Compliance and/or non-compliance of previous sub-grantees fulfilling their annual and final reporting requirements of their past grant award agreements is an important evaluation criterion. All GDA-approved projects will then be combined and written as one grant submission to USDA/AMS. Upon approval from USDA, GDA will notify applicants (subgrantees) of their status. No awards to any sub-grantee will be made until a final grant award is made to GDA (grantor) by USDA. Final approval is expected in early September 2013, but is subject to change.
For questions or additional information contact:
Jeanne Maxwell, Esq.
Director of Grants Development & Compliance
Georgia Department of Agriculture
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program-Farm Bill
19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Or email: Jeanne.Maxwell@agr.georgia.gov