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Agricultural Development Grant Programs

Two grant programs fall under the administration of the Division of Agricultural Development: The Agricultural Mini-Grant Program and the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Program details follow.

Agricultural Mini-Grant Program

The Agricultural Promotion Mini-Grant Program offers matching grants of up to $1,000 to organizations that wish to conduct a project focused on promoting New Hampshire agriculture. Grant recipients are selected from a pool of qualified applicants.

Applications are distributed and awards made as funding allows. Applications are typically available in December and awards are usually made in the following March.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food (NHDAMF) is eligible to receive funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) under the annual Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). The NHDAMF offers eligible New Hampshire organizations the opportunity to apply for a portion of these funds under the New Hampshire Specialty Crops Grant Program to conduct projects that benefit New Hampshire Specialty Crops. Specialty Crops are defined as: fruit, vegetable, nursery, floriculture, herb, maple, Christmas tree and honey crops. For a complete list of eligible and ineligible crops visit the USDA AMS website.

The federal SCBGP is authorized under the federal Farm Bill and is administered by the US Department of Agriculture. The program is offered as funding is available. Grant projects may focus in the following areas to benefit New Hampshire Specialty Crops, but are not restricted to these areas exclusively:

  • Addressing local, regional and national challenges confronting specialty crop producers, including topics such as Food Safety, Pest and Disease Prevention and Control, Technology¬†Development
  • Research and Development Relevant to Specialty Crops
  • Industry Promotion and Marketing
  • Expanding Availability and Access to Specialty Crops


    Program Documents: 2020 program and application information is below. Due May 1, 2020.
  • 2020 NH SCBG Program and Application Detailspdf file
  • 2020 Application Cover Pagepdf file
  • Federal SCBG Application Template pdf file

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NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food
Mailing: PO Box 2042, Concord NH 03302 -2042
Physical: 25 Capitol Street, Second Floor, Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3551 | fax: (603) 271-1109