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Grants to New York Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools to Advance the Marketability of Agricultural Products

USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program

GrantWatch ID# 142773
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM), New York State and NY Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI)

Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York

Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/03/22
Deadline: 01/09/23 11:59 PM

Grant Description
Grants to New York nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, educational institutions, and tribes for programs that advance the marketability of agricultural products across the state. Funding is intended to support programs focusing on research and education. The goal of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.

This RFP is soliciting proposals for inclusion in the New York State Department of Agriculture and Market’s application to the USDA SCBG program. Guided by the State’s Specialty Crop Advisory Group, this RFP focuses on a subset of the outcomes specified in the broader USDA SCBG RFP. Specifically, this RFP seeks work that will achieve the following outcomes:

  • Improve Pest & Disease Control Processes
  • Develop New Seed Varieties & Specialty Crops
  • Expand Specialty Crop Research and Development
  • Improve Environmental Sustainability of Specialty Crops

The purpose of New York’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is to enhance the competitiveness of New York specialty crops by creating partnerships; fostering innovation; increasing efficiencies; reducing costs; and enhancing the long-term viability of New York’s specialty crop agricultural businesses and food systems.

For this RFP, “specialty crops” means fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and nursery crops (including floriculture). A detailed list of commonly recognized specialty crops is provided in Appendix A. The list can also be found on USDA’s web site:

The New York Specialty Crop Block Grant Advisory Committee, composed of farmer members of specialty crop organizations and associations, and other industry stakeholders, recommended the RFP focus on specialty crop research and grower education.  Examples of research and grower education projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Research and/or education that address a key conventional or organic production problem or need specific to New York State.
  • Developing and increasing the utilization of Integrated Pest Management strategies and programs.
  • Prioritizing and addressing native and exotic pests and disease threats through development of pest risk assessments.
  • Supporting plant breeding for the development of specialty crops resistant to exotic and native pests.
  • Applied research and development to extend the growing season of New York specialty crops through new technologies, improved management practices, or other innovative production strategies.
  • Developing new seed varieties and specialty crops with optimal performance under New York State conditions.

Eligible costs include: personnel, fringe benefits, travel, special purpose equipment, supplies, and contractual costs and services directly related to an eligible project. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Eligible applicants include:
- Not-for-profit organizations (NFP)
- Not-for-profit educational institutions
- Local and Indian tribal governments

Ineligible applicants are encouraged to participate as project partners.

Projects should have general applicability and statewide significance to the specialty crop industry. They should not benefit a sole commercial product or single business.

Ineligible costs include: political activities, lobbying activities, capital expenditures for general purpose equipment, buildings, and land, and any activities that support non-specialty crops. General purpose equipment means equipment that is not limited to research, scientific or other technical activities. Examples include office equipment and furnishings, motor vehicles, etc.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Two informational webinars will be offered

- Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm (Register for this webinar here:
- Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 9:00 am – 10:30 am (Register for this webinar here:

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
- Monday, October 24, 2022 SCBG RFP opens
- Tuesday, November 1, 2022 SCBG Grant Writing Webinar 2:00pm-3:30 pm
- Thursday, November 3, 2022 SCGB Grant Writing Webinar 9:00am-10:30 am
- Monday, January 9, 2023 - Applications due by 11:59 pm (Deadline extended)
- February 2023 – Highly ranked proposals are contacted and begin creation of Project Profile
- April 2023 – Successful projects notified of their inclusion in NYSDAM proposal to USDA
- October 2023 – Anticipated Grant Awards Announcement by USDA (projects must not begin prior to award announcement.)

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the NYFVI Grant Coordinator or Executive Director with any questions. All questions and their answers will be posted on the website. All applicants will be notified if a new question and answer has been posted.

All applications must be submitted online via NYFVI’s system. Please note that, when first using the online application system, you must apply for system credentials. Staff will then activate your username and password. Keep this in mind when applying, as staff processing of credentials can take several days.

About Specialty Crops:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Funding requests for individual projects must be between $50,000 and $100,000.

Term of Contract
A project must be completed within 2 yearsfrom its start date. Work may start no earlier than October 1, 2023.

Contact Information
Online application portal:

Questions about the Specialty Crop RFP or application must be submitted via email to Sarah Ficken at

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