Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

The RIDEM/Division of Agriculture is pleased to announce the availability of Farm Viability grant funds for the purpose of enhancing the Competitiveness of Specialty Crops grown in Rhode Island.

Specialty crops are defined by this federally supported program as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops including floriculture such as Christmas Trees, cut flowers, honey, hops, and turf grass production. Examples of enhancing the market competitiveness of specialty crops include, but are not limited to: Research, promotion, marketing, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education, "buy local" programs, increased consumption, increased innovation, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems, environmental concerns and conservation, product development, and developing cooperatives. Please view USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program for a comprehensive list of eligible specialty crops, ineligible commodities, and examples of projects that enhance the competiveness of specialty crops under the SCBGP.

Grant Round Open

2023 Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications are due March 15, 2023

DEM anticipates that approximately $270,000 will be awarded to projects enhancing the competitiveness of Rhode Island specialty crops. Questions regarding this grant and/or the competitive solicitation process should be directed by email to DEM.SpecialtyCrop@dem.ri.gov or by telephone at (401) 222-2781.

2023 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Applications

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program - Mini Grant Program

RIDEM is administered a mini-grant program for eligible expenses related to COVID-19 to benefit the production and distribution of Rhode Island specialty crops, which include fruits, vegetables, nuts, horticulture, and floriculture. Throughout the pandemic, three areas have impacted Rhode Island Specialty crop production and marketing – Food Safety, Digital Marketing, and direct COVID-19 expenses.


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