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The New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) extended the application deadline for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program for the coming year to no later than May 10, 2021. The NJDA is requesting that all interested organizations representing New Jersey’s specialty crop industry submit project proposals for consideration for this funding on or before May 10, 2021. Any applications received after this deadline will not be considered. If you have already submitted an application, you do not need to apply again and you may not revise your existing application.

  • Eligibility

    For the purpose of this grant program “specialty crops” are defined as vegetables, fruits including grapes for wine, nuts, horticultural products including Christmas trees, honey, herbs, potatoes, sweet corn and other specialty crops including algae.  Agricultural commodities which are NOT eligible for these grant funds include, but are not limited to: feed crops, food grains, seafood, livestock, dairy and poultry products including eggs, range grasses and oilseed crops.  

    To be eligible for a grant, projects must “enhance the competitiveness” of specialty crops and might 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. Of special interest this year are projects that directly impact those affected by COVID-19 (producers and consumers). Funds will be available to selected and approved applicants after October 1, 2021.

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  • Application

    The deadline for 2021 project applications to the NJ Department of Agriculture is May 10, 2021. Below are links with full information:

    Application Packet
    Specialty Crop Block Grant Application Letter
    Specialty Crop Block Grant Application Template

    All proposed projects will be required to follow a standardized format and comply with the USDA Guidelines.

    If you have any questions, contact:
    Deelip Mhaske
    Grants Administrator, NJDA Marketing and Development Division





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