Specialty Crop Block Grant
The application period for the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant will be open from December 7, 2018 to February 1, 2019. 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 2019 and will need to complete a full proposal package.
Concept papers are due on February 1, 2019 at 5:00pm (Mountain Time). All applications will be acknowledged by email. If you do not receive an acknowledgement after emailing your application, contact Glenda Mostek at email@example.com or (303) 869-9173. Grant funds for the 2019 program may not be expended before January 1, 2020 or after November 15, 2021.
NEW THIS YEAR
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00pm on February 1, 2019.
- 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.
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/
USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (Administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service to individual state departments of agriculture.)
Colorado Department of Agriculture
305 Interlocken Parkway
Broomfield, CO 80021
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