Specialty Crop proposals due next month

The proposal window is now open for Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Applicants must describe how the project potentially affects and produces measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public. Private, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and quasi government entities, including public universities, are eligible to apply. All projects are subject to the availability of funds. KDA will not award grant funds for projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide profit to a single organization, institution, or individual.

Preliminary proposals must be submitted on the form located at https://www.kyagr.com/marketing/documents/Grants_Specialty_Crop_Block_Concept_Proposal.pdf and emailed to Brett McQueary at Brett.McQueary@ky.gov no later than 4:30pm ET on February 24, 2023.

Qualifying applicants will be notified and invited to complete a full grant application. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticultural products, nursery crops (including floriculture), and honey. For a comprehensive list, interested parties may visit www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/specialty-crop.

KDA receives grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service for the specialty crop grant program and conducts an annual competitive application process to award grant funds.

For more information about the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, go to kyagr.com/marketing/crop-block-grant.html or contact Brett McQueary at (502) 782-4114 (office), (502) 330-6044 or Brett.McQueary@ky.gov.