USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

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. For further information about the grant program, applications, or current projects, contact Jessica Nixon (jessica.l.nixon@maine.gov) at (207) 287-3494.