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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

Grants to Rhode Island Organizations, Business Groups,
IHEs, and Residents to Market Eligible Agricultural Products

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Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) - Division of Agriculture

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Grants to Rhode Island organizations, industry groups, academic institutions, and individuals for initiatives that advance the marketability of eligible agricultural products across the State. Funding is intended for a wide range of activities, including but not limited to research, outreach, education, and COVID-19 pandemic relief.

Projects must enhance the competitiveness of U.S. or U.S. territory-grown specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets. Each project must identify at least one expected measurable outcome and indicator that specifically demonstrates the project’s impact in enhancing the competitiveness of eligible specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined by this federally supported program as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops including floriculture such as Christmas Trees, cut flowers, honey, hops, and turfgrass production.

Examples of enhancing the market competitiveness of specialty crops include, but are not limited to research, promotion, marketing, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education, "buy local" programs, increased consumption, increased innovation, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems, environmental concerns and conservation, product development, and developing cooperatives.

Proposals should:

  • Demonstrate a high likelihood of success
  • Describe the specialty crop grower benefit and grower connection to the project
  • Be scalable to the larger community
  • Demonstrate industry need and support
  • Illustrate a sustainable funding source beyond the life of the proposed grant
  • Include an outreach component addressing how project results, research findings, and conclusions will be extended to specialty crop growers

Funding Areas:

  • Agriculture Education and Outreach
  • Nutrition Education and Consumption
  • Environmental Crop Research/Conservation
  • Enhancement of Food Safety/Food Security
  • Plant Pest and Disease Control
  • Trade Enhancements/Innovations
  • Good Agricultural Practices
  • Good Handling Practices
  • Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Organic and Sustainable Production Practices
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Assistance/ Relief.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179488

Estimated Size of Grant:

DEM anticipates that approximately between $150,000 - $300,000 will be awarded to projects enhancing the competitiveness of Rhode Island specialty crops. A maximum grant award does not exist.

During the FY 2019 and 2020 funding cycles, the average amount of funding, per award, totaled $42,605 and $32,437, respectively.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds cannot be expended before September 30, 2021, or after September 29, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals should be initiated by organizations, industry groups, or academic institutions, or should involve collaboration or partnerships between producers, industry groups, academics, or other organizations. Single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.

Funds will not be awarded for projects that benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual. In addition, grant funds cannot be used to compete unfairly with private companies that provide equivalent products or services.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit applications is March 31, 2021.

Applicants must have a valid DUNS number and be registered with

No direct match is required. Fifty percent (50%) of approved grant awards may be provided at the initiation of activities, with a balance (50%) upon satisfactory completion of the grant project.

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

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Grant-related questions should be directed to Ananda Fraser at the email address above or call (401) 537-8093.

DEM's Division of Agriculture
235 Promenade Street, Room 370
Providence, RI 02908

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