The 2023 USDA/AMS Specialty Crop Block Grant Program For Georgia application period has closed.
Please check back on February 1, 2024 when the 2024 SCBGP Request for Applications (RFA) will be posted. You can view a copy of the 2023 RFA (provided for reference only) to help you prepare, and you should also reference the Applicant Resources below. Please note that the RFA and the Applicant Resources will be for previous years and are subject to change.
Direct all questions (in writing, no calls please) to Grants@agr.georgia.gov
About the SCBGP
The purpose of the SCBGP is to provide funding for projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Georgia. Your proposal must focus on research, education, or marketing, and it must benefit the specialty crop industry.
Specialty crops eligible for the SCBGP are: fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, Christmas trees, turfgrass/sod, and nursery and greenhouse crops (including floriculture). See a full detailed list at the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.
The current funding priorities for the SCBGP for Georgia are
increasing consumption of specialty crops in Georgia’s schools,
enhancing specialty crop food safety,
helping the industry develop improved practices,
increasing sales and marketability for commercially grown specialty crops, and
Got a suggestion for other funding priorities? Contact us at the email below.
We aim to fund projects that benefit Georgia’s specialty crop producers. Pre-Applications will be scored based on their potential impact on Georgia’s Specialty Crop industry.
Who can apply
- Your group MUST be based in Georgia.
- Your group MUST fall into one of the following categories: grower associations, commodity commissions, colleges, universities, state/local governments, and IRS-designated non-profits (in partnership with a Georgia college or university).
- Individuals and businesses (including farms) are NOT eligible to apply for the SCBGP.
- Non-profit organizations that are applying for the first time MUST partner with a principal Investigator (PI) from a Georgia college or university, preferably from either of Georgia’s Land Grant institutions (UGA or FVSU).
- If you have submitted the same project to GDA twice in the past and it hasn’t been funded, it cannot be submitted again. You’re welcome to submit a new project for consideration.
Appendix A - Unallowable and Allowable Costs (Required reading for all applicants)
Appendix B - Logic Model (Use this as a guide. It is not needed as part of your application)
Appendix C - Budget Template (Use this as a guide. It is not needed as part of your application)
Appendix D - List of Eligible Specialty Crops (Required reading for all applicants)
USDA/AMS-SCBG Website (All applicants should review this info from USDA)
2022-2025 GDA/SCBG Sub-Grantee Procedures Manual (Includes Sub-grantee Performance Report Due Dates)
2021-2024 GDA/SCBG Sub-Grantee Procedures Manual (Includes Sub-grantee Performance Report Due Dates)
2020-2023 GDA/SCBG Sub-Grantee Procedures Manual (Includes Sub-grantee Performance Report Due Dates)
2019-2022 GDA/SCBG Sub-Grantee Procedures Manual (Includes Sub-grantee Performance Report Due Dates)
Form: SCBGP Sample Timesheet for logging salary charged to the grant