Individual beneficiaries, those seeking relief payments, are NOT eligible to directly apply for this grant. Federal funds will be awarded as grants to state agencies, tribal entities, and non-profit organizations serving farmworkers, meatpacking workers, and grocery store workers.
The Farm and Food Worker Relief Grant Program provides approximately $665 million in Consolidated Appropriations Act funds to provide grants to State agencies, Tribal entities, and 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. AMS will set aside up to a total of $20,000,000 of this amount for one or more grant agreements to benefit grocery store workers.
- Applications must be submitted on or before 11:59 pm Eastern Time on February 8, 2022.
- Note: In 2022, workers will apply to grant recipients to receive funds.
- For more information, you may also contact us at FFWRGrants@usda.gov
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