USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants Create New Economic Opportunities and Grow Markets in Local Communities
Contained is a press release on the Specialty Crop Block Grants awarded in 2013. There is a link to the SCBG website if you would like to see the kind of projects they just funded in your state. They do not typically fund individuals, but organizations that meet the marketing or research priorities of this program for horticultural crops.
Minnesota Value Added Grant Program
This program supports Minnesota agricultural producers and processors in expanding markets for Minnesota products. Two categories of grants will be awarded: business planning, feasibility study, marketing, and succession planning; and equipment purchases or physical improvements. Applications that have a meat processing, Farm to School component or are addressing a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) or similar type of food safety plan will receive priority.
Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program
This grant seeks to promote sustainable communities by supporting projects that link community development with environmental stewardship.