Specialty Crop Block Grant Program


The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is a federally funded program to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as, “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).”

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is pleased to announce a competitive solicitation process to award Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funding. 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. NDA reserves the right to offer an award amount less than the amount requested.

Applications for FY 2024 are currently closed.

To view a recording of the FY 2024 Concept Proposal webinar recording, go to play recording.

To access more information and examples of projects, refer to Specialty Crop Block Grant Program | Agricultural Marketing Service (usda.gov)

For a full list of approved specialty crops, refer to USDA Specialty Crop Definition

For questions, please contact:

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