Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program Opens for Applications

USDA announced a Request for Applications for the new Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant program and encourages eligible entities to apply by November 22, 2021. Approximately $650 million in funding is available for the PRS grants, which will assist small businesses in certain commodity areas, including specialty crop producers, shellfish farming, finfish farming, aquaculture, and apiculture; specialty crop, meat, and other processors; distributors; and farmers markets. Small businesses and nonprofits in these industries can apply for a grant to cover COVID-related expenses such as workplace safety measures (e.g., personal protective equipment (PPE), retrofitting facilities for worker and consumer safety, shifting to online sales platforms, transportation, worker housing, and medical costs. The minimum funding request is $1,500 and the maximum funding request is $20,000.