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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

Grants to South Dakota Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
IHEs, and Individuals to Enhance Specialty Crop Markets

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South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) - Agricultural Development Division

Deadline Date:

05/01/19 Electronic Submission or Postmarked by Date


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Grants to South Dakota nonprofits, government agencies, universities, producer organizations, and individuals to enhance the market competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, tree nuts, nursery and horticulture crops, including floriculture.

States are encouraged to develop projects pertaining to the following issues affecting the specialty crop industry:
- Enhancing food safety;
- Improving the capacity of all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (21 U.S.C. Chapter 27), for example, developing “Good Agricultural Practices,” “Good Handling Practices,” “Good Manufacturing Practices,” and in costshare arrangements for funding audits of such systems (including USDA GroupGAP) for small farmers, packers and processors;
- Investing in specialty crop research, including research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes;
- Developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops;
- Pest and disease control;
- Increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops;
- Improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems; and
- Sustainability

Based on outreach conducted with the industry, the following areas are priorities for South Dakota’s SCBGP. Additional points will be awarded in the review process for projects that address one of these priority areas.
- Increased sales (required for marketing projects)
- Increased consumption
- Sustainable practices of specialty crop production

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181108

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Past grants have ranged from $2,100 - $49,395. The average size of grants awarded is FY17 was $35,663.86.

Term of Contract:

Funds awarded for projects may be spent over three years. This does not guarantee that a sub-grantee will be awarded a new grant for 3 years, but that the allocated 1st year grant money can be used over 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals will be accepted from non-profit organizations, producer organizations, government agencies, universities, individuals and other organizations related to South Dakota’s specialty crops industry.

All projects must have very strong information dissemination and outreach component where results from the project are shared with others and that others may benefit from the project. Projects that benefit one grower, individual or product will not be funded.

The Program will not fund the following expenses:
- Paying off existing debt
- Substituting existing efforts or research already funded
- Capital expenditures for general purpose equipment, land or buildings
- Business entertainment or business gifts
- Lobbying or political efforts
- Indirect or administrative costs

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due May 1, 2019.

All recipients of SCBGP funds must have a DUNS number.

Grant funds are distributed on a reimbursement basis.

A list of examples of qualifying specialty crops can be found at:

Contact Information:

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

Completed application packages are to be emailed to:

Kimberly Sturm
(605) 773-4516

South Dakota Department of Agriculture
Specialty Crops Block Grant Program
523 E Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Dakota