Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG)


The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).”  Projects must show a benefit to the specialty crop industry. This program is not designed for start-ups or projects that only benefit one operation.

Universities, institutions, cooperatives, producers, industry, or community-based organizations may submit a proposal for funding. A review committee will select projects to be included in Tennessee’s state plan. This is a competitive program. Projects must directly impact multiple Tennessee producers. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture seeks to identify and support projects that are forward thinking with a positive, long-lasting impact on Tennessee Agriculture.

What is a Specialty Crop?

The 2024 SCBG Application Template is available here.

The 2024 Performance Measures can be found here.

All 2024 SCBG project proposals are to be submitted to tn.scbg@tn.gov no  later than March 15, 2024.

For additional information email tn.scbg@tn.gov