USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant – Deadline March 15, 2021

From Debbie Ball, TN Department of Agriculture, Business Development Division:

Don’t forget to get your 2021 Specialty Crop Block Grant proposal in!

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is now accepting applications for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). The TDA administers the grants, which are authorized through the USDA. SCBGP funds are granted to enhance production and competitiveness of specialty crops, including fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, tree nuts, honey, floriculture, and other nursery crops.

Eligible organizations include universities, institutions, cooperatives, producers, and industry or community-based organizations. The program aims to support projects that directly affect multiple Tennessee producers and have a positive, long-lasting impact on Tennessee agriculture.

Eligible individuals and organizations must submit proposals using the 2021 project template. The project template, performance measures, and information required to apply are available online at

Proposals are due by March 15, 2021 and should be submitted by email to First-time recipients have a funding limit of $25,000. Early submission is encouraged. For more information about the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, email

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