DOAG: Speciality Crop Block Grant-FB Program

Connecticut Department of Agriculture's
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture annually solicits concept proposal for projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.  Specialty crops are defined by the USDA as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, maple syrup, honey, horticulture, and nursery crops. 

Projects must impact and produce measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public.   Submitted projects cannot begin until after January 1 annually and must be completed by September 29 within three years of the award.  The maximum award is $75,000.  



2014 Program Information


  PHASE ONE: Concept Proposal (due April 15, 2014)  

 PHASE TWO:  Full Applications due May 21, 2014 at 4pm
  Application Guidelines (updated 4/29)  
Appendix D Cover Page (word doc)     
The following applicants to phase one have been selected to submit a full application:
      CT Christmas Tree Growers Association
      CT Greenhouse Growers Association
      CT Northeast Organic Farming Association
      Hartford Food Systems
      UConn Dept Agricultural and Resource Economics, Ben Campbell
      UConn Dept of Plance Science, Mark Brand
      UConn Extension, Diane Wright-Hirsch
      UConn Extension, Ana Legrand
      UConn Extension, Mary Concklin
      UConn Extension, Victoria Wallace
2014 Timeline of Events

March 4                       Announcement of open RFA/Concept Proposal submission

April 15                        Concept Proposals due

April 22                        Full application requests announced

May 1, 2:00pm             Mandatory training workshop for applicants

May 21                         Full applications are due via email by 4:00pm

June 16                        Review Panel Meeting

June 19                        Announcement of awards

July 9                           CT DoAg submits compiled application to USDA

October 1                     Expected date of federal award announcement

January 1, 2015           Release of funds to sub-grantees (aprox)


For more information or specific questions regarding the CT Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant-FB Program, contact Jaime Smith at 860-713-2559 or .
Information on past CT Specialty Crop Block Grant awards: Past Project Awards for Connecticut, 2006-2013   (.pdf, 12pgs)