The Department of Agriculture’s “Farm and Food Workers Relief Grant Program”

The Department of Agriculture’s “Farm and Food Workers Relief Grant Program” has $665 million available for up to 40 grants that go up to $50 million each. That’s an unusually large amount of money, and the program is unusual too: the USDA notes that “Eligible entities must demonstrate the capacity to issue $600 flat rate payments to eligible farmworkers and/or meatpacking workers for safety-related expenses (e.g., personal protective equipment (PPE) and other costs (such as pandemic related childcare and healthcare costs) that they incurred due to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.” Furthermore, “AMS strongly encourages partnerships with smaller organizations with unique connectedness,” so it would appear that consortia are encouraged as applicants. But you must act fast: the deadline is Feb. 8; call us at 800.540.8906, ext. 1, or email us at seliger@seliger.com.