Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting applications for the 2021 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. To qualify, the grants must be used to support projects that raise awareness about and increase demand for specialty crops grown in Iowa. Successful grant applications should explain how projects will improve specialty crop production through marketing and promotions, research and development, expanding availability and access to specialty crops, and addressing local, regional and national challenges confronting specialty crop producers. All projects must have an educational component. Preference will be given to projects that have the potential to significantly expand, enhance and improve production and demand. Iowa agencies, universities, institutions, producers, industry associations and community-based organizations are eligible to apply. Awardees may receive up to $24,000 and projects can have a duration of up to 30 months.
Proposals must be received by March 11, 2021.