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 FY2024 Request for Proposals (PDF) is available to use as a reference.

To assist with the application process, the FY2024 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, 2024 Deadline to submit applications to MDAC
March – April 2024 Advisory Committee reviews applications
May 2024 MDAC submits State Plan to USDA
October 2024 FY2024 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