Application Process

Eligible applicants interested in requesting funds through the SCBGP must submit a completed application to MDAC during the time that applications are being accepted. Application guidelines are included in the Request for Proposals (RFP). The FY2023 Request for Proposals (PDF) is available to use as a reference.

To assist with the application process, the FY2023 SCBGP Word template (DOCX) is available.

Grant applications are reviewed by an Advisory Committee consisting of experts involved in the specialty crop industry. Applications are evaluated based on the merit of the submitted proposal narrative and the criteria outlined in RFP. Applicants are notified as to whether proposals will be submitted to USDA for potential funding.

2023 Application Schedule

March 20, 2023 Deadline to submit applications to MDAC
March – April 2023 Advisory Committee reviews applications
May 2023 MDAC submits State Plan to USDA
October 2023 FY2023 Grant period begins

Susan Lawrence

P.O. Box 1609
Jackson, MS 39215

Phone: (601) 359-1196
Fax: (601) 354-6001

Additional Information

» Definition of Specialty Crops
» Eligibility Requirements
» Application Process
» Previously Funded Projects
» Frequently Asked Questions