USDA SCBG Program

NYFVI is pleased to partner with New York State’s Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) to manage the competitive grant program for New York State’s USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program application.

Guided by the State’s Specialty Crop Advisory Group, thie 2022 RFP focuses on a subset of the outcomes specified in the broader USDA SCBG RFP.  Specifically, this RFP seeks work that will achieve the following outcomes:

  • Improve Pest & Disease Control Processes
  • Develop New Seed Varieties & Specialty Crops
  • Expand Specialty Crop Research and Development
  • Improve Environmental Sustainability of Specialty Crops

Each outcome has measurable indicators established by the USDA SCBG program.

Proposals are due by midnight, Sunday February 27th, 2022.

All applications are submitted online via NYFVI’s system. If you don’t have credentials to access the online system please allow two working days for them to be issued. They can be requested using the link above.

Informational webinars
No individual conversations about the Specialty Crop RFP are allowed, thus it is important for potential applicants to attend the webinar about the RFP if they wish to ask their questions verbally.

The webinar will be offered on the following dates:

Monday, January 24, 2022 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 from 9:00 am – 10:30 pm

Please register for the webinar here.

2022 RFP
The 2021 Request for Proposals, and files associated with it are available below.

Questions and Answers
Questions about the Specialty Crop RFP or application must be submitted via email to sficken@nyfvi.org.  All questions and answers will be posted here.

Prior Grant Recipients
2021 Grants were announced in October. The press release is available here.

A list of projects funded through this program since 2015 can be found in the file below. Within the file, worksheets are sorted by active and completed projects.