The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has announced the beginning of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) application process for 2018. There will be around $4.1 million available in total SCBGP grant funds, which will be allocated in ranges of $25,000 to $250,000 to chosen projects. Initial concept proposals are due on February 5, 2018, after which full proposals for selected projects will be due on March 19.
Those eligible to apply include non-profit and for-profit organizations, public and private universities, and government organizations at the local, state, and federal level. Although the program WSDA administers is Washington State-specific, applicants from outside the state are eligible to apply so long as their proposed project will benefit the specialty crop growers of Washington. Grant funds may be used for a range of purposes including research, technological innovation, training and education, and marketing. Specialty crops are defined in the Farm Bill as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried nuts, horticulture, and nursery crops. If you are uncertain whether your product is a specialty crop, you can find a list of them here.
Bryant Christie Inc. has successfully assisted a range of clients with SCBGP applications and program implementation in the past. BCI has previously worked on SCBGP projects related to industries including wine, hops, pistachios, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, and canned fruits. If you would like to learn more about how BCI can assist you with the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, please contact us at (206) 292-6340 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.