2021 SCBGP Applications are now being Accepted
December 1, 2020 – The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is now accepting proposals for project ideas as part of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) for 2021. Approximately $1.5 million is expected to be available to agriculture industry associations, producer groups, processors, commodity commissions, non-profits, for-profits, and local government agencies in Oregon. Funding for Oregon’s program is contingent upon federal funding for the SCBGP. Specialty crops are defined as commonly recognized fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops. Oregon ranks in the top ten nationwide in the production of specialty crops.
For the 2021 SCBGP Request for Proposals, ODA has a single-phase process known as the Grant Proposal Application. ODA is requesting 15-page grant proposals from applicants describing their proposed projects. Submissions should be turned in online and must be received by Friday, January 29, 2021, at noon Pacific Standard Time.
ODA will offer online training and live in-person training around the state to provide applicants with an in-depth look at the program and explain the grant writing process step-by-step. Details, including the time and date for the online training, are posted on ODA’s website. https://oda.direct/SCBGP
Based on a survey of specialty crop producers, associations, commissions, and other stakeholders to determine priority needs, the following 2021 SCBGP funding priorities have been identified.
Projects not addressing one of the identified priorities are still eligible for funding, as long as they meet all other program requirements. Details of the funding priorities can be found at https://oda.direct/SCBGPpriorities.
In March 2021, an industry advisory committee will evaluate proposals and make recommendations to ODA Director Alexis Taylor to select the top-ranked applicants. Selected applicants will be submitted to USDA in the Oregon State Plan Application. Projects chosen to receive funding will be announced by November 2021.
ODA and the advisory committee are looking for innovative two and a half year proposals with a suggested funding range of $25,000 to $175,000. They encourage interested parties to work regionally to submit collaborative project proposals that benefit Oregon growers and processors and partners in other states that share common specialty crops. Those who have received specialty crop grant funds in the past are also encouraged to apply, whether they are interested in building on an existing project or proposing a new project.
Match funding is not a requirement of this program; however, applicants are highly encouraged to provide some level of match to show the project’s importance and value and show sustainability beyond SCBGP funds.
ODA staff is available to provide applicants directions on submitting grant proposal applications. Other information is available at https://oda.direct/SCBGP or by contacting ODAs’ Market Access and Certification Program (503) 986-6473.