Specialty Crop Multi-State Grant Program
Get funding for specialty crops through a federal grant program by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
Applications for Multi-State Partners to Participating States are due December 22, 2023, and for Participating States to AMS on January, 31, 2024.
About the program
Specialty Crop Multi-State Program is a federal grant program offered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.
What it funds
The program competitively funds projects to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by awarding grants for proposals related to:
Plant pests and disease
Crop-specific projects addressing common issues
Marketing and promotion
Proposals can request between $250,000 and $1,000,000.
How to apply
Prospective Multi-State Partners should:
Review application requirements on the USDA's Agricultural Marketing website
Develop your application
Choose a start date for your project in calendar year 2023
Select a Participating State department of agriculture with whom to file application
Check USDA-AMS website for postings of Submission Deadline to State department of agriculture and updates
If your project is selected for funding opportunity there will be a negotiation phase to determine the 8% indirect cost allotment to the states participating in the project and the Participating State department of agriculture responsible for administering the project.
Participating States Departments of Agriculture will:
Screen proposals for eligibility once submitted
Submit eligible proposals to USDA-AMS
Assume administrative responsibility for any funded proposals they submitted.
Establish sub-grant agreements with multi-state partners to complete funded projects.
Participating States Departments of Agriculture will not:
Determine which projects are funded
or assist multi-state partners in proposal development.
Review and select proposals
Make final award announcements
Contract between Multi-State Partners and their Participating State department of agriculture