Betsy Dorton, Grants Administrator


About the Program

The Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP) is a federal grant program offered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The purpose of the SCMP is to competitively award funds to projects that solely 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 disease, 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). All prospective applicants are encouraged to review the 2021 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program RFA  on the USDA, AMS website.


Funding and Duration

Grant awards will range from $250,000 to $1 million per project and projects may last for up to three years.



Specialty crop producer associations and groups, other state agencies, Tribal government entities, universities, nonprofits, and other stakeholder groups and organizations are eligible to apply. All SCMP proposals must include at least two organizations (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. To apply for this program through the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, at least one multi-state partner must be located in South Carolina.


2021 Deadline

November 4, 2021 – 11:59 pm


Instructions and Templates

The following links provide all of the information needed to submit a complete application. All applicants must use the fillable form templates provided below.