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FUNDING: USDA’s Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program

If you are a specialty crop producer or value-added agricultural business who has incurred COVID-19 eligible expenses from January 27, 2020 to December 31, 2021, please see the attached PowerPoint presentation. Currently only select industries are eligible for funds.

Sign up deadline is November 22, 2021.

Funds cover the changes made by your business in response to the COVID pandemic, including:

  • Workplace Safety
    • Provide personal protective equipment, thermometers, cleaning supplies, sanitizer, or hand washing stations
    • Installation and purchase of air filters or new signage
  • Market Pivots
    • Development and implementation of online platforms
    • Utilize online or print materials to communicate market pivots
  • Retrofitting Facilities
    • Installation and purchase of protective barriers made of plexiglass or plastic sheeting, walk up windows, heat lamps/heaters, fans, tents, propane, weights, tables, chairs and lighting
  • Transportation
    • Secure additional transportation services for workers
    • Offer new delivery routes or distribution services
  • Worker Housing
    • Secure additional housing resources/services to maintain social distancing or to allow for quarantining of new or exposed employees
  • Medical
    • Offer or enable vaccinations, testing, or healthcare treatment of infected employees, including any paid leave due to COVID-19 infection

Eligible amounts are $1,500 to $20,000 per business.

Sign up deadline is November 22, 2021.

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