The Washington State Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant funds. The program, which uses a competitive process, is funded by the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and works to enhance the competitiveness of Washington’s specialty crops. Though the proposals are due in January, it is recommended to turn in the applications as early as possible, to ensure the application is thorough and complete.
Eligible organizations include:
· industry associations
· non-profit organizations
· local, state, and federal government entities
· producer groups
· commodity commissions
· for-profit organizations
Projects cannot benefit a single commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual. Recipients cannot use grant funds to compete with private companies. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops which includes floriculture. Also eligible are specialty crop plants which are cultivated for food, medicinal purposes, or beautification. Processed specialty crops should consist of more than 50 percent of the specialty crop by weight to be eligible.
For any questions regarding Washington state’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program’s requirements or eligibility, please email program manager Leisa Schumaker or call (360) 742-7194. Applicants should visit the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Website for more information.
All proposals are due January 13th, 2022 at 5 p.m. PST.
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