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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Montana Department of Agriculture is pleased to present the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG). The purpose of this program is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Montana. For purposes of the program, specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, peas and lentils, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).


Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

2020 Funding Opportunity - Application Materials

SCBG Request for Proposals Manual - Read this first

Required Application Forms

Other Reference Items

Submitting a Grant Proposal

All applications must be submitted through fundingmt.org. The instructions below outline the basic procedures of operating the Webgrants system.

Technical Assistance

SCBG Question and Answer Call One:
Thursday, January 30, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MST
Call: 406-444-4647
Access code: 1573427#

SCBG Question and Answer Call Two:
Monday, October 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM MST
Call: 406-444-4647
Access code: 1741316#

SCBG Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 12/17/19)


Contact

Specialty Crop
Block Grant Program (SCBG)

Phone : (406) 444-5424
E-mail : SCBG@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9442
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


Upcoming Deadlines and Events

2019 Special Funding Opportunity Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning October 15, 2019 until all funds are awarded. Applications received after October 15 will be considered in the order of their receipt. Refer to the SCBG homepage for application details.


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SCBG News

Mini-Grants Available through Growth Through Agriculture Program

Grants up to $5,000 available

Mini-Grants Available through Growth Through Agriculture Program

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced mini-grant funding is now available through its Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Program. All projects will need to demonstrate how they expand Montana agriculture, but given the current public health situation with COVID-19, special attention will be paid to projects that strengthen and expand local food offerings, distribution, and infrastructure.

“We’re excited to revive our mini-grant program, and now more than ever we need to invest in our food and ag companies,” said Director Ben Thomas. “In particular, we are hoping to see applications that will strengthen and diversify local food options in communities across Montana."

Click to learn more about GTA mini-grants.

Documents to download

Governor Bullock's Stay at Home Directive Identifies Food & Ag Essential Businesses and Operations

To curtail the spread of COVID-19, nonessential businesses and operations will close March 28 - April 10, 2020

Governor Bullock's Stay at Home Directive Identifies Food & Ag Essential Businesses and Operations

On March 26, Governor Bullock issued a directive requiring Montanans to stay home and temporarily close all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The order, which takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 28 and will be in effect through April 10, identifies essential businesses and operations related to food and agriculture, as included in the sections shown below:

Click to view the  the Governor’s Directive Implementing Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020.

Documents to download

Montana Department of Agriculture Announces Over $850,000 in Grants and Loan Awards

Funds Awarded from Growth Through Ag Program

Montana Department of Agriculture Announces Over $850,000 in Grants and Loan Awards

Helena, Mont. – Director Ben Thomas and the Agriculture Development Council announced the recipients of $859,832 in grants and loans to Montana agricultural businesses and organizations. From Westby to Alberton, a total of 24 projects across the state were awarded funds through the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program.