Illinois Specialty Crop Block Grants

Proposals are due by November 29, 2021.
Illinois Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for more than $783,000 in Specialty Crop Block grants over a three-year period. The additional funds are available in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the food system, to expand the availability of fresh, locally grown produce, to strengthen the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crop industry and support organizations who assist farmworkers and food businesses. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, local and government entities, trade and commodity associations and public and private colleges and universities. Illinois encourages applications that benefit small farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers, veteran producers, and under severed communities. Funding priorities are listed online.