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FAAST: Accepting Applications for 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds projects that enhance the competitiveness of California specialty crops. The SCBGP is designed to support all sectors of California's specialty crop industry and improve the performance of California specialty crops within local, domestic, national, and international markets.


Applications are accepted from 9/7/2021 9:00:00 AM through 10/8/2021 5:00:00 PM via the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST).


Funding and Duration

Grant amounts range from $100,000 to $500,000. The maximum grant duration is two (2) years, six (6) months, and grant funds cannot be expended before November 1, 2022, or after April 30, 2025. Projects submitted to the Additional Assistance for Historically Underrepresented Organizations Program will range from $50,000 to $100,000 and may last up to two years. CDFA reserves the right to offer an award amount less than the amount requested.


Eligible Applicants


Business, Nonprofit, Public Agency, Tribal Government


Non-profit and for-profit organizations; local, state, and federal government entities, including tribal governments; and public or private colleges and universities are eligible to apply. Individuals are not eligible to apply. There is no limit on the number of concept proposals applicants may submit; however, each concept proposal must be for a wholly unique project.


Letter of Intent Required? No

Requires Matched Funding? No

Funding Source: Federal

Funding Method: Advances & Reimbursement(s)


More detailed information can be found by clicking here >>

For technical assistance, please email the FAAST Help Desk at FAAST_Admin@waterboards.ca.gov or call 1-866-434-1083 during business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM).

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