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The deadline to submit New Jersey applications for consideration for the FY21 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is 5 p.m., April 7, 2023. Any applications received after this deadline will not be considered.



  • Eligibility

    For the purpose of this grant program “specialty crops” are defined as vegetables, fruits including grapes for wine, nuts, horticultural products including Christmas trees, honey, herbs, potatoes, sweet corn and other specialty crops including algae.  Agricultural commodities which are NOT eligible for these grant funds include, but are not limited to: feed crops, food grains, seafood, livestock, dairy and poultry products including eggs, range grasses and oilseed crops.  

    To be eligible for a grant, projects must “enhance the competitiveness” of specialty crops and might 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. Funds will be available to selected and approved applicants after October 1, 2023.

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  • Application

    The deadline for 2023 project applications to the NJ Department of Agriculture is April 7, 2023. Below are links with full information:

    Specialty Crop Block Grant Application Letter
    Specialty Crop Block Grant Application Template
    USDA Agricultural Marketing Service General Terms and Conditions

    All proposed projects will be required to follow a standardized format and comply with the USDA Guidelines.

    If you have any questions, contact:
    Deelip Mhaske
    Grants Administrator, NJDA Marketing and Development Division





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