Specialty Crop Multi-State Program

​​​Note: The application period for the Specialty Crop Multi-State program closed on November 4, 2021. 

A federal grant program offered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, the purpose of the Specialty Crop Multi-State Program is to competitively award funds to projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address regional or national level specialty crop issues, including food safety, plant pests and d​isease, research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion.​

Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).​

Grant awards range from $250,000 to $1 million per project and projects may last for up to three years. Specialty crop producer associations and groups, state g​overnment agencies, Tribal government entities, universities, nonprofits, and other stakeholder organizations are all eligible to apply. All SCMP proposals must include at least two partners (referred to as "multi-state partners") with substantive involvement in the project, and the multi-state partners must be located in two different states to qualify for the program.​