Garrett County Government - Department of Business Development

Application Period Opens for Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program

Last Updated on Oct 19, 2021 at 3:42pm | Agribusiness

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a Request for Applications (RFA) for the new Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant program and encourages eligible entities to apply now for funds.
The Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program provides grants to specialty crop producers and processors, other select producers, meat and other processors, distributors, and farmers markets to respond to coronavirus, including for measures to protect workers against novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID–19). This program is authorized and funded under section 751 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116—260).
USDA developed the PRS Grant Program in response to extensive stakeholder feedback during listening sessions in March 2021, and written comments provided through March 30, 2021. Information from the listening sessions is available online at:
Approximately $650 million in funding is available for the PRS grants, which are funded by the Pandemic Assistance provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. 
Important Dates:
  • Application Period Opens: October 6, 2021
  • Application Period Closes: 11:59 PM Eastern Time on November 22, 2021
All applications submitted before the deadline will be considered for funding. Applications will NOT be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Applications must be submitted electronically through the grant portal by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, November 22, 2021.