Specialty Crop Block Grant Program


The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is pleased to announce a competitive solicitation process to award Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funding to projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture, and nursery crops, including floriculture. Please visit USDA’s website at https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp to view a comprehensive list of eligible specialty crops, ineligible commodities, and examples of projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops under the SCBGP.

NDA anticipates awarding approximately $820,000 to projects enhancing the competitiveness of Nebraska specialty crops. A maximum grant award does not exist and neither NDA nor the SCBGP requires a cost sharing or matching requirement. All projects are subject to the availability of funds. Grant funds cannot be expended before September 30, 2022, or after September 29, 2025. NDA reserves the right to offer an award amount less than the amount requested.

A new online platform is being launched for the Nebraska Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Applicants interested in applying must attend the online training session on December 9, 2021 at 10 a.m. CST. (Click here for training session link - please note that the training session will not start until Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. CST.)

For questions, please contact:

Casey Foster
Nebraska Department of Agriculture
PO Box 94947
Lincoln, NE 68509