Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for anticipated funding through the 2024 U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Marketing Service Specialty Block Grant Program. 

Program Overview

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is a federal grant opportunity provided by the USDA to state departments of agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by

     (1) leveraging efforts to market and promote specialty crops;

     (2) assisting producers with research and development relevant to specialty crops;

     (3) expanding availability and access to specialty crops; and

     (4) addressing local, regional, and national challenges confronting specialty crop producers.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture, and nursery crops including floriculture.

For more information about the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, including a current list of eligible crops, visit the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service website.

2024 Specialty Crop Block Grants

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is expected to receive around $330,000 from the USDA to fund projects to enhance the competitiveness of the Kansas specialty crop industry. Projects of particular interest to KDA are those that explore improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems, sustainability, and increasing nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops.  

Applicants may apply for up to $75,000 for a specific project with preference given to projects one year in duration. Matching funds are not required. Applications for grant funds should show how the project potentially impacts and produces measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public rather than a single organization, institution, or individual. Applicants must be a legal entity and have the legal capacity to contract.

The application period for the 2024 Kansas Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is now open and is scheduled to close on Friday, March 15, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. CT.

How to Apply

  1. Download and read the 2024 Kansas Request for Applications document.
  2. Download and complete the Project Profile Template.
  3. Download and complete the Work Plan Template.
  4. Gather optional letters of support.
  5. Complete the online application and upload your support materials HERE.

Application Resources

Upcoming Webinars

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Overview
Thursday, February 8, 2024 10:00-11:00 a.m. 
Overview of the SCBG program and grant opportunity. 
Watch the recording HERE

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Application Walk Through
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 2:00-3:00 p.m. 
Opportunity to walk through the application with the grant administrator and ask questions. 
Watch the recording HERE.

Contact Us

Do you have questions about the SCBG program? Please contact:
Brittney Grother, Grants Coordinator, at 785-564-6797 or KDA.SCBG@ks.gov.

Previous Specialty Crop Block Grant Projects

  • FY2023 Recipients

  • FY2022 Recipients

  • FY2021 H.R. 133 Stimulus Recipients

  • FY2021 Farm Bill Recipients

  • FY2020 Recipients

  • FY2019 Recipients

  • FY2018 Recipients

  • FY2017 Recipients

  • FY2016 Recipients

  • FY2015 Recipients

  • FY2014 Recipients

  • FY2013 Recipients

  • FY2012 Recipients

  • FY2011 Recipients

  • FY2010 Recipients

  • FY2009 Recipients

  • FY2008 Recipients

  • FY2007 Recipients

  • FY2006 Recipients