Specialty Crop Block Grant

Specialty Crop Block Grant Application Packet and Information

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is currently accepting applications for the 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Request for Applications
Application Cover Sheet
Application Template

The Kansas Department of Agriculture seeks to fund projects that primarily fit into education, economic development, and conservation or sustainability of specialty crops. For the one-time H.R. 133 Stimulus program, this program considers a special emphasis on COVID-19 Impacts in addition to these categories.

Complete applications must be sent to KDA no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on March 31, 2022. Early submission during the open application period from February 21, 2022, to March 31, 2022, is encouraged. Please e-mail finished applications with the attached cover sheets and any letters of support to KDA.SCBG@ks.gov. If the application cannot be submitted via email, please contact the grant administrator for alternate submission.

For completed applications, revisions may be requested in April with a very short return window (approximately 3 business days). Due to the split in funding, outcomes and indicators may need to change from the 2022 Performance Measures to the 2021 Performance Measures. It is recommended that applicants also review the 2021 Performance Measures and outline alternative outcomes and indicators prior to submission in order to prepare for a potential request. A request for revisions does not confirm an application has been selected for funding. If an application is chosen for submission in the State Plan upon receiving revisions, USDA may have additional comments and questions at a later date.

Kansas is expected to receive approximately $336,376.57 in Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Public Law 115-343 (Farm Bill) funding for the 2022 grant cycle. Due to COVID-19 impacts on the food system, Congress authorized one-time additional funding for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program outside of the traditional Farm Bill funding under the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Public Law 116-260 (H.R. 133 Stimulus). Kansas is expected to receive approximately $449,908.70 in H.R. 133 Stimulus funding for the 2021 grant cycle. A portion of these funds are still available and will be offered to applicants. Application guidelines and details can be found in the Request for Application document.

Resources:

Please see below for a summary of projects that have been funded in previous years. 

Background on Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Since 2006, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made available grants to state departments of agriculture solely to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. The current funding for the program was established in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill,) which authorized the USDA to provide grants to states for each of the fiscal years 2008 through 2012 to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. This program was renewed in the 2014 Farm Bill, and again in 2018.

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.  Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual.  Single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.

Applicants must be a legal entity and have the legal capacity to contract.

Specialty crops are defined by the USDA as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and nursery crops, including floriculture.  Projects are required to “enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops,” per the USDA’s guidelines. Projects of particular interest to the Kansas Department of Agriculture are those that explore economic development and education, as related to the Kansas specialty crop industry.  For more information about the specialty crop block grant program, including a current list of eligible crops, visit USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.

For additional information on this program, contact Tori Laird.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Recipients

  • 2021 Recipients

  • 2020 Recipients

  • 2019 Recipients

  • 2018 Recipients

  • 2017 Recipients

  • 2016 Recipients

  • 2015 Recipients

  • 2014 Recipients

  • 2013 Recipients

  • 2012 Recipients

  • 2010 Recipients

  • 2009 Recipients

  • 2008 Recipients

  • 2007 Recipients