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Grants to Mississippi Organizations, Agencies, and IHEs to Strengthen
the Agricultural Sector in the Wake of the Coronavirus Crisis

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) - H.R. 133 Stimulus Funding

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC)

Deadline Date:

06/23/22 5:00 PM CST

Description:

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Grants to Mississippi organizations, agencies, and institutions of higher education to strengthen the agricultural industry in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to address the negative impact of the pandemic on the state's food system, including projects to assist farmworkers, farmers, food businesses, and other relevant entities to respond to risks and supply chain disruptions. The goal of the grant is to improve the competitiveness of the specialty crop industry.

Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Specialty crops are plants that are intensively cultivated. Priority will be given to projects that have the potential to provide solutions that lead to measurable benefits to specialty crop growers. Funding priorities are:

  • Promotion & Marketing
  • Grower educational programs for new farmers and seasoned farmers
  • Increasing market opportunities for specialty crops
  • Enhancing food safety
  • Pest and disease control
  • Increasing knowledge and consumption of specialty crops
  • COVID-19-related impacts on the specialty crop industry.

Projects must solely enhance the competitiveness of Mississippi-grown specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets. Examples of “enhancing the competitiveness” of specialty crops include, but are not limited to:

  • Increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops;
  • Improving efficiency and reducing the cost of distribution systems;
  • Assisting all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain in developing “Good Agricultural Practices,” “Good Handling Practices,” “Good Manufacturing Practices,” and in cost-share arrangements for funding audits of such systems for small farmers, packers, and processors;
  • Investing in specialty crop research, including organic research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes;
  • Enhancing food safety;
  • Developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops;
  • Pest and disease control; and
  • Sustainability.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203591

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$565,454

Term of Contract:

Specialty crop block grant funds are expected to be awarded in Fall 2022. Funded projects must be completed by September 29, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals are encouraged from state and local organizations, academia, producer associations, industry or community-based groups, and other specialty crop organizations.

Although individuals are eligible to apply, grant funds cannot be awarded for projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual because these projects do not enhance the specialty crop industry’s competitiveness.

Projects cannot be awarded to an individual or farm to begin their own specialty crop (fruit, vegetable, etc.) farm or operation, or expand on an existing operation or farm. This is not an eligible use of program funds.

For funding restrictions, see: https://www.mdac.ms.gov/Marketing/SCBGP%20Request%20for%20Proposals%20HR133%20Funds%2051622.pdf#page=7

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to susan@mdac.ms.gov

Or mail applications to:
Susan Head Lawrence, Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce
P.O. Box 1609
Jackson, MS 39215

Phone: (601) 213-7542 or (601) 359-1196

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