Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Seeks Technical Review Committee Members

  • Sep 14, 2017

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is seeking volunteers with experience and knowledge concerning California’s specialty crop industry to join its Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Technical Review Committee. The committee reviews, evaluates and makes recommendations to the CDFA on funding proposals submitted to California’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Technical Review Committee members attend one webinar and one in-person meeting between November 2017 and March 2018 to discuss and make recommendations concerning proposals. The program provides funding designed to help those in the specialty crop industry (fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery) enhance their competitiveness. Grants range from $25,000 – $300,000 per project and may last up to two years and six months.

Interested individuals must submit an application form and a copy of their resume to grants@cdfa.ca.gov before 5:00 p.m. on October 12, 2017. Applicants must identify at least one of the following grant categories as related to their area of expertise:

  • Specialty crop access and nutrition education
  • Equipping current and next generation specialty crop farmers
  • Environmental stewardship and conservation
  • Plant health and pest management

For a more complete explanation of the above-noted categories and details about the grant program, review the 2018 Request for Concept Proposals.

For more information, contact the CDFA’s Office of Grants Administration at 916.657.3231 or grants@cdfa.ca.gov.

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