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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Anne Dunaway, Grant Program Manager,,  (385)549-7987

***New 2023 Applications will be available soon.  Check back for more information.

2023 Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications open February 22 – March 24, 2023

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is a competitive grant program operated by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) in which funding from the United States Department of Agriculture is awarded to eligible applicants to support Utah’s specialty crop industry. Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture — including nursery crops, and more. Click here for a complete list of eligible specialty crops.

This grant is open to producers, schools, trade associations, non-profits, farmers markets, farming and ranching co-ops, etc. headquartered in Utah. Potential projects may include a broad range of focus such as improving marketing, research, training, certifications, food safety, pest control, plant health and beyond for specialty crops. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to enhance the competitiveness of Utah grown specialty crops and benefit more than one producer or organization.

2022 Farm Bill Specialty Crop Block Grant Information:

Award Funding:

  • A total of $313,859.52 is available to be awarded. Individual project requests may not exceed $90,000. 
  • Applications will be open Tuesday, February 22 through Friday, April 1st. 


  • Selected projects must run from September 30th, 2022 – to September 29th, 2025.
  • Projects must fit within one or more of the following categories:
    • 2022 priority will be placed on projects that respond to opportunities and challenges within specialty crop production, processing, distribution, and/or marketing in Utah with respect to the state’s unique climate and growing season
    • Specialty crop workforce training and development
    • Increase consumer knowledge, awareness, and consumption of Utah specialty crops
    • Improving efficiency and reducing costs of Utah specialty crop distribution systems
  • *For project proposals outside the scope of the categories above, pre-approval must be granted; email for more information.

USDA guidelines, terms, and conditions must be reviewed to ensure eligibility.


  • The grant is open to the following applicants headquartered in Utah:
    • Producers 
    • Private Businesses 
    • Schools 
    • Trade Associations 
    • Non-Profits  
    • Farming and Ranching Co-Ops 
    • *Additional applicant types may be eligible, email for more information.
  • Projects must benefit more than one applicant or enhance the specialty crop industry in Utah.
  • Ineligible grant costs include, but are not limited to:

Review Process:

The review process for this round of funding has two stages 

1.) An initial eligibility review 

2.) A selection committee review 

Applicants who make it through stage 1 will be sent to a selection committee for stage 2.

Stage 1: Considerations:

    • Applications with project managers that do not currently have active SCBGP funding will be prioritized. 
    • Funds requested must meet allowable expense requirements. 
    • The project must have clear, measurable, and attainable outcomes.
    • Automatic disqualifications:
      • Projects that only benefit one applicant
      • Projects centered on ineligible crops
      • Incomplete applications

Stage 2: Considerations – Ranking Criteria:

    • The project 
      • benefits more than one producer and/or organization
      • will improve the growth of specialty crops in the state
      • responds to a problem within the state related to a specialty crop
      • promotes unfamiliar specialty crops in the state
      • helps preserve specialty crops that are in danger of not being available as a part of the Utah food supply (i.e. due to disease or lack of infrastructure)
      • benefits small/beginning farms and farmers (as defined in the USDA RFA template)
      • objectives are clear and realistic
      • outcome indicators develop the outcome measures selected (measurable metrics of success)
      • the work plan/scope of work is detailed, understandable, and achievable within the budget requested and the time allotted
      • activities described are in line with the project objectives
      • differs from and/or builds on previous efforts
      • will become self-sustainable and won’t need extra grant money in the future
      • has an educational component
      • items requested are in the budget are allowed by USDA
      • is requested by a first-time applicant

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