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, the 2023 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 11:59 p.m., January 9, 2023.

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.

If you were unable to attend a webinar, the recording is available here: (Passcode: $Zb#L7yw)

2023 RFP
The 2023 Request for Proposals, and files associated with it are available below. DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL JANUARY 9, 2023!

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

Question 1: Is the deadline for SCBG ’23 applications 11:59 on January 8 or 11:59 on January 9?

The website has been updated to reflect that the SCBG ’23 applications are due at 11:59 on January 9.

Prior Grant Recipients
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.