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. 

Enhance the competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops

To be eligible for a grant, the project(s) must "enhance the competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops" in either domestic or foreign markets.

Crops that are eligible

  • ​​Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Tree nuts
  • Dried fruits
  • Christmas trees
  • Turf type grasses
  • Nursery crops (including floriculture and horticulture)

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

Read more about the Oregon SCBGP Guidelines

Applicants are encouraged to read program guidelines document for full eligibility requirements prior to submitting a proposal.​

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
  • Public and private colleges/universities


  • For the purposes of the additional H.R.133 Consolidated Appropriations Act funding, ODA will not be accepting research proposals. Research projects are encouraged to apply to the full competitive process for FY22 funding opening in December of 2021. 
    ​All other proposals will have to follow normal SCBGP guidelines as outlined within this document. ​
  • 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.​

Timeline (dates subject to change)

​Proposed date
​Request for full proposals (RFP)
Opens June 1, 2021
SCBGP overview and process webinar​ recording
June 8, 2021 at 10:00 am

RFP closes
June 30, 2021 at 12:00 pm (noon)
Projects reviewed by SCBGP Advisory Committee
July 2021
Projects reviewed by the ODA director
August 2021
​Sub-grantees selected to participate in the SCBGP
September 2021

​Projects sent over for review by USDA
​October 2021

​USDA approval of SCBGP projects

​November - December 2021
H.R. 133 sub-grantees may begin work on projects​
​January 2022


Oregon SCBGP Program Application Proposal Template

SCBGP proposal template

Oregon SCBGP Program Guidelines

SCBGP guidelines

Oregon SCBGP Project Summary 2018

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Projects 2018

Oregon SCBGP Project Summary 2019

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Projects 2019

Oregon SCBGP Project Summary 2020

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Projects 2020

USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Information

USDA SCBGP website

To file a civil rights complaint against the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, please visit Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries​



Gabrielle Ugalde
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Coordinator
635 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-6473
Alt Phone: 541-913-3440
Fax: 503-986-4737