Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Grant Applications

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RALEIGH –The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting grant applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Nonprofits and government agencies wishing to apply have until March 15.

NCDA&CS accepting applications for 2017 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program aims to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the marketplace. It is managed by the department, through funding by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“In 2016, we awarded more than $1 million for 11 projects across the state,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The success and growth of specialty crops are important as we grow our agriculture and agribusiness industry from $84 billion to $100 billion.”

The department will accept grant requests ranging from $20,000 to $200,000 from nonprofit organizations, commodity associations, state and local government agencies, colleges and universities. Grants are not available for projects that directly benefit or provide a profit to a single organization, institution or individual. The application deadline is 5 p.m., March 15.

Eligible projects must involve fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, culinary herbs and spices, medicinal plants, nursery, floriculture or horticulture crops. Funding is also available for projects aimed at developing local and regional food systems and improving food access.

For grant guidelines and an application, go to www.ncagr.gov/markets/scgrant/. For questions, contact Sarah Pearce at 919-707-3158 or by email at sarah.pearce@ncagr.gov.

CONTACT:

Sarah Pearce, grants administrator
NCDA&CS Marketing Division
919-707-3158

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017

NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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Photo of Mart BumgarnerMart BumgarnerExtension Agent, Agriculture - Crops & Horticulture (919) 245-2062 mart_bumgarner@ncsu.eduOrange County, North Carolina
Updated on Feb 9, 2017
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