Specialty Crop Block Grant

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) receives grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enhance the competitiveness of Oregon's specialty crops. ODA accepts competitive applications for specialty crop grant funds annually. 

Crops that are eligible

  • ​​Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Tree nuts
  • Dried fruits
  • Nursery crops (including floriculture and horticulture)

Crops that are not eligible

  • Feed crops
  • Food grains
  • Livestock
  • Dairy products
  • Seafood products
  • Oil seed crops

A complete list of eligible crops under the grant program can be found at the USDA specialty crop block grant website.​

Applicant eligibility​

The following organizations can submit projects that aim to enhance the production and competitiveness of Oregon’s specialty crop industries:

  • Non-profit organizations
  • Local 
  • Government entities
  • For-profit organizations
  • Industry trade associations
  • Producer groups
  • Commodity commissions


  • Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that directly benefit or provide profit only to a single organization, institution, or individual.
  • Funds may not be used to purchase fixed assets or personal property.
  • Expenditures incurred prior to grant award may not be included in the grant request or eligible for reimbursement.
  • Administration or indirect costs (defined as expenses incurred in controlling or directing an organization, but not directly identifiable with financing, marketing, or production operations) cannot be paid for with these grant funds.​


January 6, 2014 Request for concept proposals published
January 10, 2014 ​Online training posted: concept proposals
February 6, 2014 11AM PST ​Q&A Session (Webinar): concept proposal - View now
February 24, 2014 ​Concept proposals due to ODA
April 8, 2014 ​Invitation by ODA to submit grant proposals
​​April 15, 2014 ​Training: grant proposal
May 9, 2014 ​Grant proposals due to ODA
​​June 3, 2014 ​Subgrantee partners​​ selected by ODA
​​June 30, 2014 ​ODA State application submitted to USDA
​​October/November 2014 ​Award announcements from USDA


Oregon SCBGP Program Guidelines (2014)


Oregon SCBGP Project Summary 2012


Oregon SCBGP Project Summary 2013


Oregon SCBGP Project Summary 2014


USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Information




Shannon Brubaker
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Manager
1207 NW Naito Pkwy, Suite 104
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 503-872-6617
Alt Phone: 503-872-6600
Fax: 503-872-6601