Announcing the 2017 NH Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food (NHDAMF) is pleased to announce the competitive solicitation process to award Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds for projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in New Hampshire. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/ Agricultural Market Service (AMS) has allocated these funds to the states and NHDAMF will be administering its portion funds as competitive grants.

The requirements and procedures for application are based on federal rules and regulations for SCBGP funding. More information is available at: http://agriculture.nh.gov/divisions/agricultural-development/grant-program.htm

The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food (NHDAMF) is eligible to receive funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) under the 2017 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). The NHDAMF wishes to offer eligible New Hampshire organizations the opportunity to apply for a portion of these funds under the New Hampshire Specialty Crops Grant Program to conduct projects that benefit NH Specialty Crops. Specialty Crops are defined as: fruit, vegetable, nursery, floriculture, herb, maple, Christmas tree and honey crops. For a complete list of eligible and ineligible crops visit the USDA AMS website at https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp/specialty-crop

Grant projects may focus in the following areas to solely enhance NH Specialty Crops, but are not restricted to these areas exclusively:

  • Food Safety
  • Pest and Disease Prevention, Control and Eradication
  • Research and Development
  • Industry Promotion and Marketing
  • Technology and Innovation

All reasonable proposals with appropriate documentation will be considered. Selection is a competitive process based on the merits of the application and support materials. No match is required by the recipient, but in-kind or other services will enhance the application. A total of approximately $225,000 is expected to be available for the 2017 NH program.

Selected applications will be included in the New Hampshire state application package submitted to USDA for the 2017 SCBGP funds. The federal deadline as recently announced is month earlier than past years. NH application deadline is April 28, 2017 (in our office by 4 pm).

To apply, download program specifics and application details at:
http://agriculture.nh.gov/divisions/agricultural-development/grant-program.htm