Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program


Opportunity ID: 335320
Opportunity Number: USDA-AMS-TM-PRS-G-21-0011
Opportunity Title: Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Agriculture
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 10.181
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Small businesses
Additional Information on Eligibility: USDA is targeting support to small businesses in certain commodity areas and to farmers markets. Small businesses in certain commodity areas including small scale specialty crop producers and processors, other select producers, meat and other processors, distributors, and farmers markets. These businesses were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and received insufficient federal support to address the costs they incurred to keep workers safe and help keep the U.S. food supply intact during the crisis. To target this support, small business denoted in Appendix A, and farmers markets, are eligible to apply for funding.All applicants must be domestic entities owned, operated, and located within the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.All applicants must meet the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) small business qualifications for the eligible industry. For the purposes of PRS, all Farmers Markets are eligible and considered as “small”.See the attached Appendix A under Related Documents Tab for a complete list of eligible industry codes, relevant SBA small business standards and the SBA small business lookup tool.
Agency Code: USDA-AMS
Agency Name: Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Marketing Service
Posted Date: Sep 09, 2021
Last Updated Date: Sep 09, 2021
Estimated Synopsis Post Date: Sep 23, 2021
Fiscal Year: 2021
Award Ceiling: $20,000
Award Floor: $1,500
Estimated Total Program Funding: $650,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 200000
Description: Funds will be used to issue grants for COVID-19-related costs incurred between January 27, 2020, the date upon which the public health emergency was declared by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, and December 31, 2021. Grants will cover the activities associated with: Workplace Safety Measures: Workplace safety measures, including, but not limited to, personal protective equipment, sanitizer, hand washing stations, air filters, thermometers, cleaning supplies, or similar items. Market Pivots: Market pivots such as transition to virtual/online sales costs (online platform development and fees, online marketing, credit card processing fees), supplies, new signage. Retrofitting Facilities: Retrofitting facilities for worker and consumer safety (plexiglass, walk up windows, heat lamps, fans, tents, propane, weights, tables, chairs). Transportation: Additional transportation costs incurred to maintain social distancing. Worker Housing: Additional worker housing costs incurred to maintain social distancing or to allow for quarantining of new or exposed employees. Medical: Unreimbursed costs associated with providing or enabling vaccinations, testing, or healthcare treatment of infected employees, including any paid leave. How Can I Prepare to Apply? Note: If links below do not open in your browser, try copying and pasting the Web address into a new browser window. You can visit the application website ( to read about the program and eligibility requirements. Applicants will be required to obtain a DUNS Number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) prior to applying for this program. D&B has created a custom landing page to streamline this process. Visit the application website ( for more information. DO NOT register in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting your application to this program. After the application period closes, USDA will notify you if you are being considered for funding with the next steps for potentially receiving an award. This a forecast of anticipated dates. The synopsis and application package are not yet posted. Once finalized, the synopsis will be posted in, and the application materials will be posted on the application website ( All applications will be submitted on the application website. The application period will last approximately 45 calendar days.
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