The Farm and Food Worker Relief Grant Program provides approximately $700 million in Consolidated Appropriations Act funds to provide grants to State agencies, Tribal entities, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with experience in providing support or relief services to farmworkers or meatpacking workers. Awards will generally range from $5,000,000 to $50,000,000.
Entities receiving awards will then distribute relief payments to frontline farmworkers and meatpacking workers who incurred expenses preparing for, preventing exposure to, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA strongly encourages small organizations to partner together or to partner with national organizations in submitting applications to ensure this support has the broadest reach and distribution possible to America’s farm and food workers. As part of this program, USDA also expects to fund one or more $20,000,000 initiatives to eligible entities who can distribute the same relief payments to frontline grocery workers.
- USDA will announce a Request for Applications through Grants.Gov in the fall of 2021.
- Workers should apply to grant recipients to receive funds.
- Contact information will be available in the late fall.