Thursday, November 11, 2010

CDFA taking block grant applications

California's Department of Food and Agriculture has announced it is taking applications for grants through USDA's 2011 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

USDA is putting up $17 million to enhance competitiveness of the state's fruits, nuts, vegetables and horticultural and nursery crops. The grants will range in size from $50,000 to $500,000, CDFA says.

Eligible applicants — colleges and universities, nonprofits, businesses and agencies of local, state, federal and tribal governments — must start by submitting a concept proposal. Grant proposals will be requested of those passing to the second phase.

CDFA is hosting workshops from Nov. 15-19. Concept proposals are due by Dec. 20.

Application instructions are posted on CDFA's site.

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