Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program – Applications due November 22

The Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program provides funding to help small specialty crop producers, food processors, manufacturers, distributors and farmers markets recover costs incurred responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including for measures to protect workers. This program is authorized and funded under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116—260). The minimum funding request amount is $1,500. The maximum funding request amount is $20,000. No cost sharing or matching funds are required. Grants will cover activities associated with: 

  • Workplace Safety: Implementing workplace safety measures to protect against COVID-19 
  • Market Pivots: Implementing market pivots to protect against COVID–19 
  • Retrofitting Facilities: Retrofitting facilities for worker and consumer safety to protect against COVID–19 
  • Transportation: Providing additional transportation options to maintain social distancing and worker and consumer safety to protect against COVID-19 
  • Worker Housing: Providing worker housing that protects against COVID-19 
  • Medical: Providing health services to protect workers against COVID-19 

Important Dates: 

  • Application Period Opens: October 6, 2021 
  • Application Period Closes: November 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time 

All applications submitted before the deadline will be considered for funding. Applications will not be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis 

For more information or to apply, visit the PRS homepage on the USDA website at:  

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