Proposals are now being accepted for the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) 2015 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
CDFA uses a two-phase competitive solicitation process to award funds to projects which solely enhance the competitiveness of California specialty crops, including fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).
Grant awards will range from $50,000-$450,000 per project for up to two years and nine months.
Non-profit and for-profit organizations of local, state, federal, and tribal government entities, and public and private colleges and universities may apply.
Phase I of the competitive process starts with submitting concept proposals. These undergo a CDFA administrative review, plus a technical review by a volunteer panel of subject matter experts.
Those chosen are asked to submit detailed grant proposals in Phase II.
The Request for Concept Proposals document is available online at www.cdfa.ca.gov/grants which includes the application instructions.
To streamline and expedite the application process, CDFA has partnered with the California State Water Resources Control Board to utilize their online application site – the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST) - available at https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov.
Using FASST, concept proposals must be submitted electronically by Dec. 5, 2014, at 5 pm (PST).
For more information, applicants can contact CDFA’s Federal Funds Management Office at (916) 657-3231 or by e-mail at [email protected].