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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
and IHEs to Expand Markets for Specialty Crops

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA)

Conf. Date:

12/20/19

Deadline Date:

01/31/20 12:00 PM (Noon)

Description:

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Grants to Oregon nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, industry associations and groups, and IHEs to enhance markets for specialty crops produced within the state. Eligible crops include fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, tree nuts, turf type grasses, Christmas trees, and nursery crops, including horticulture and floriculture.

A complete list of eligible and ineligible crops under the grant program can be found at the USDA specialty crop block grant website.

Multi-state partnerships are encouraged and should provide solutions to problems that cross state boundaries such as, but not limited to, addressing good agricultural practices, food safety, research on crop productivity or quality, pest and disease management, or commodity-specific projects addressing common issues in multi-state regions.

A multi-state partnership is a project that implements activities with measurable outcomes that benefit two or more U.S. states and/or territories. A multi-state partnership proposal must explain the impact the project will have on a multi-state or national level within the Potential Impact section of the application.

Examples of Acceptable Projects:

  • A State requests funding to contract with a university to conduct research on the feasibility of planting, cultivating, and growing a specialty crop in a particular area, the results of which will be shared with many growers throughout the State during the project.
  • A single grower requests funds to demonstrate the viability of organic small fruit production and partners with Cooperative Extension to publicize the working model of diversification to other regional growers.
  • A single company requests funds to provide a viable pollination alternative to specialty crop stakeholders in a region that currently does not have one.
  • A single non-profit organization requests funds to conduct an advertising campaign that will benefit their specialty crop members.
  • A single farmer erects high tunnels on his/her property to extend the growing season of tomatoes and lettuce and conducts a field day and farm tour to encourage other small family farmers to adopt the production methods.

Priorities for the Oregon Specialty Crop Grant Program:

https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/shared/Documents/Publications/MarketAccess/SCBGPProgramGuidelines.pdf#page=6 ;

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179930

Estimated Size of Grant:

A range of $25,000 to $175,000 per project is suggested.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within 2.5 years after project is given its initiation date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following organizations can submit projects that aim to enhance the production and competitiveness of Oregon’s specialty crop industries:
- Nonprofit organizations
- Local
- Government entities
- For-profit organizations
- Industry trade associations
- Producer groups
- Commodity commissions
- Public and private colleges/universities

Single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.

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.​

Examples of Unacceptable Projects
- A company requests grant funds to purchase starter plants or equipment used to plant, cultivate, and grow a specialty crop to make a profit, or to expand production of a single business or organization.
- A State requests grant funds to make grants to individual specialty crop businesses or roadside stands to promote their individual business.
- A non-profit organization uses grant funds to purchase produce and then sells that produce to other entities at cost or a higher price than the purchase price while competing with other private companies who sell produce in the area
- A sole proprietor requests grant funds to redesign her/his logo in order to make her/his specialty crop value-added product stand out at the local farmers’market.
- A single specialty crop organization requests grant funds to market its organization so that it can increase membership in the organization.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Oregon SCBGP will be hosting workshops around the state throughout the month of December to inform the public about available grant opportunities.

For a complete list of available workshops and to register:
https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/MarketAccess/SpecialtyCrop/Pages/StatewideWorkshops.aspx

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline (subject to change):
- Application workshops around the state locations TBD: December 2019
- Live Q & A Time TBD: January 2020
- Request for Full Proposals (RFP) Opens: December 2, 2019
- RFP Closes: January 31, 2020 at noon
- Projects Reviewed by SCBGP Advisory Committee: February 2020 – March 2020
- Projects reviewed by the ODA Director: Late March 2020
- Subgrantees selected to participate in the FY20 SCBGP: Early April 2020
- Projects sent for review by the USDA: May 2020
- USDA approval of SCBGP projects: September 2020
- FY20 Subgrantees may begin work on FY20 projects: October 2020

Though matching funds are not a requirement of the SCBGP – Match is strongly encouraged to show the importance and value of the project and to show sustainability beyond SCBGP funds. Applicants are encouraged to develop partnerships and provide the estimated amount and letters of support as a part of the proposal.

This is a reimbursement only program.

For a list of eligible specialty crops visit the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant website at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/specialty-crop

Recorded Webinar:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwcSB8ZNVgU&feature=youtu.be

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Upload applications online:
https://files.oda.state.or.us/Login

Gabrielle Redhead, SCBGP Coordinator
635 Capitol St NE, Suite 100
Salem, Oregon 97301

gredhead@oda.state.or.us
(503) 986-6473
(541) 913-3440

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