Specialty Crop Block Grant

The application period for 2020 will be from December 16, 2019 to February 3, 2020. Concept papers must be received by 5:00 p.m. on February 3. 

This program is not intended to benefit individual farms or businesses, and funds will not be awarded to projects which do not demonstrate a wider benefit to the specialty crops community.


  • Letters of support are mandatory with each concept paper. Letters should be from the specialty crop industry, and should indicate how the project would make Colorado specialty crops more competitive. If industry supports multiple projects, stakeholders may be asked to rank the importance of projects.
  • Publication costs and out-of-state travel to present research at conferences will not be funded.
  • Projects which do not demonstrate that the potential impact of the project will accrue to a broader group of similar producers, region or industry segment will not be submitted to the review team.
  • Scoring for previous performance: If the organization has previously received funding through the program, up to 20 points may be deducted by CDA if the recipient organization failed to provide invoices and reports in a timely manner or otherwise failed to properly administer the project in compliance with the requirements of the SCBGP.

General Information

  • CDA can award up to approximately $650,000 to projects solely enhancing the competitiveness of Colorado specialty crops.
  • All applicants must complete a Concept Proposal. See sample concept proposal.
  • Concept Proposal Instructions
  • All completed Concept Proposals must be saved as a Microsoft Word .docx file type extension and sent electronically to cda_scbgp@state.co.us by 5:00pm on February 3, 2020. 
  • 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 April 15. Full proposals will be due from those grantees on May 10.

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/specialty-crop.

How to Obtain a DUNS Number

How to register your DUNS number with Sam.gov

Allowable/Unallowable Costs

2019 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 2017 Colorado Specialty Crop Block Grant Interim Report

FY 2016 Colorado Specialty Crop Block Grant Final Report

FY 2015 Colorado Specialty Crop Block Grant Final Report

FY 2014 Colorado Specialty Crop Block Grant Final Report

FY 2013 Colorado Specialty Crop Block Grant Final Report

FY 2012 Colorado Specialty Crop Block Grant Final Report

All U.S. Specialty Crop Final Performance Reports


Colorado Department of Agriculture
Markets Division
305 Interlocken Parkway
Broomfield, CO 80021
(303) 869-9170

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