Specialty Crop Block Grant

The application period for the Specialty Crop Block Grant is open. There is a two-step application process. A concept paper is required for the first round. Proposals advancing after the first round will be part of Colorado’s submission to USDA for 2018 and will need to complete a full proposal package.

Concept papers will be due on February 1, 2018. All applications will be acknowledged by email. If you do not receive an acknowledgement after emailing your application, contact Glenda Mostek at glenda.mostek@state.co.us or (303) 869-9173. Grant funds for the 2018 program may not be expended before January 1, 2019 of after November 15, 2020.

  • CDA can award up to approximately $550,000 to projects solely enhancing the competitiveness of Colorado specialty crops.
  • All applicants must complete a Concept Proposal. See sample concept proposal.
  • Instructions for submitting a Concept Proposal to the Colorado Department of Agriculture
  • All completed Concept Proposals must be saved as a Microsoft Word .docx file type extension and sent electronically to glenda.mostek@state.co.us by February 1, 2018. 
  • All Concept Proposals will be reviewed competitively by a Review Panel using the Technical Evaluation Criteria Score Sheet.
  • Prospective grantees whose concept papers are selected to advance as part of the state package will be informed on or about March 13. Full proposals will be due from those grantees on April 13.

Additional Resources

What is a specialty crop?
Crops excluded from the program as defined by USDA's AMS include: hemp, marijuana, cotton, cottonseed, feed crops (such as barley, corn, hay, oats, sorghum grain, and millet), flaxseed, food grains (such as quinoa, rice, rye, and wheat), livestock and dairy products (including eggs), marine aquaculture, oil crops (such as peanut, soybean, sunflower, safflower, rapeseed, canola, and mustard seed), peanuts, range grasses, sugar beets, sugarcane, and tobacco. A complete list of eligible crops is available on the USDA specialty crop block grant program (SCBGP) website at https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp and click on “Definition of a Specialty Crop” under “Additional Information” at the bottom of the page.

Allowable/Unallowable Costs

2017 USDA Request for Applications

USDA Terms and Conditions

USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (Administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service to individual state departments of agriculture.)

FY 2012 Colorado Specialty Crop Block Grant Final Report

FY 2013 Colorado Specialty Crop Block Grant Final Report

FY 2014 Colorado Specialty Crop Block Grant Interim Report

FY 2015 Colorado Specialty Crop Block Grant Interim Report

All U.S. Specialty Crop Final Performance Reports


Glenda Mostek
Marketing Specialist
Colorado Department of Agriculture
305 Interlocken Parkway
Broomfield, CO 80021
(303) 869-9173

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