USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

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The USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBG) program is a competitive grant program, solicited once a year, which funds market research, market promotion and new technology projects specifically to benefit specialty crop producers. The Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and a Review Committee select projects to fund through a competitive grant request for proposals process and then applies to USDA for accepting those projects selected. Grants typically are provided to projects that will help a number of businesses, rather than support individual businesses.

Maine and the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program:

Since 2006, the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which is administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), has awarded over $4 million dollars to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to support the growing number of Maine specialty crop producers who are selling into local and regional markets. 

For further information about the grant program, applications, or current projects, contact us at (207) 287-3491 or email dacf@maine.gov .

Additional Information:

Please see the 2014 State of Maine Approved Specialty Crop Block Grant for last years selected proposals.