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Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, Special Districts, and Schools to Increase the Competitiveness of Agricultural Crops

Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG)

GrantWatch ID# 207601
Agency: State

Funding Source
Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Agriculture
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Geographic Focus
USA: Alaska

Important Dates
LOI Date: 02/10/23
Deadline: 03/24/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $60,000 to Alaska nonprofit organizations, agricultural producers, institutions of higher education, conservation districts, and schools collaborating with a business or non-profit to improve the competitiveness of local crops. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended to increase production, consumption, access, knowledge, and sustainability of Alaska-grown specialty crops; sustain farmers’ livelihoods; and strengthen local communities.

The USDA AMS defines specialty crops as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops. See: for more information.

Projects that demonstrate innovative partnerships are encouraged. Applications that build on a previously funded SCBGP project may be submitted; in such cases, the application should clearly indicate how the project complements previous work. Applications for grant funds should show how the project impacts multiple businesses in the specialty crop supply chain and/or produces measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry, rather than a single organization, institution, or individual. 

The Alaska Division of Agriculture, in partnership with statewide specialty crop stakeholders, will identify the following program funding priorities for 2023. Funding priorities are listed in no particular order of importance and are not ranked.

  • Enhancing food safety;
  • Improving the capacity of all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (21 U.S.C. Chapter 27); for example, developing “Good Agricultural Practices,” “Good Handling Practices,” “Good Manufacturing Practices,” and in cost-share arrangements for funding audits of such systems (including USDA GroupGAP) for small farmers, packers, and processors;
  • Investing in specialty crop research, including research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes;
  • Developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops;
  • Pest and disease control;
  • Increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops;
  • Improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems; and
  • Sustainability.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants are awarded to professional producers, universities, extension services, soil and water conservation districts, or schools working in cooperation with a business or non-profit.

Any entity may apply, but projects must benefit more than one individual, business, or organization.

Single businesses, organizations, or individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.

Many Alaska Grown products - including most livestock, dairy, fuel/ feed grains, hay, and some forms of aquaculture - are excluded from the grant program, due to USDA restrictions. A list of USDA- eligible specialty crops is at:

USDA AMS will not fund projects that benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single business, organization, or individual.

Pre-Proposal Conference
January 31, 2023: Information Session, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

Zoom Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 968 9693 6295 Passcode SCBG23

Pre-Application Information
The timeline for this application cycle is:

- January 17, 2023: Release RFP
- January 31, 2023: Information Session 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm
- February 10, 2023: Letter of Intent (LOI) due by 5:00 pm
- February 24, 2023: LOI feedback returned to applicants
- March 24, 2023: Full applications due by 5:00 pm
- April 7, 2023: Final decisions made
- May 2, 2023: State plan submitted to USDA (some adjustments to projects may be required by AMS at this point)
- Fall 2023: Funds disbursed from USDA (exact date TBA)

Additional information:

Number of Grants
Minimum number: 10

Estimated Size of Grant
For 2023, project proposals will be funded with an award of up to $60,000. Smaller awards are designed for small exploratory projects and may be shorter than a three-year project period, and more substantial awards are designed for industry-wide impact using evidence-based research or building on previous projects with strong industry support.

Term of Contract
Maximum duration: 3 years

Contact Information
Letters of Intent and Full Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on the due date via:


Fax: (907) 745-7112

Division of Agriculture
Attn: SCBG
1801 S Margaret Dr, Suite 12
Palmer, AK 99645

Mary Rowland
Office: (907) 761-3851

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