The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) accepts applications for Specialty Crop Grants annually.
Projects that promote the production, processing and use of specialty crops in the North Dakota are eligible. Organizations, institutions and individuals are encouraged to submit proposals on their own or in partnerships.
Eligible applications include developing new and improved seed varieties, reducing distribution costs, investing in specialty crop research, enhancing food safety, pest and disease control and development of local and regional food systems. Projects that directly benefit specific, commercial products or profit a single organization, institution or individual are not eligible.
Specialty crops grown commercially in North Dakota include dry beans, dry peas, lentils, potatoes, confection sunflowers, grapes, honey and various vegetables.
The application deadline is generally in late winter or early spring (January/March). The deadline can vary by 1-2 months from year to year.