USDA Technical Assistance

Application Status Update as of 07/25/2022

Thank you for contacting us about the Farm and Food Workers Relief Program (FFWR). Through this program, a one-time direct relief payment of $600 will be available to qualifying frontline farm, grocery, and meatpacking workers for expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Direct relief payments will be distributed to individuals by organizations selected via a competitive process. During the summer of 2022, USDA plans to announce the organizations chosen to provide the direct relief payments to workers.

Please check this page regularly for updates, including the list of organizations selected to distribute the direct relief payments. Once the list is posted, individuals will be able to identify the organization(s) serving their region, ask them questions, and apply for a direct relief payment when application periods open. Please note that organization application periods may begin at different times.

We appreciate your patience.

Sincerely,
The FFWR Grants Team
Transportation and Marketing Program, Grants Division USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

USDA Invests $665 Million in Grants to Provide Relief to Farm and Food Workers Impacted by COVID-19

In September 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $665 million Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) program to reimburse farm and food workers with pandemic-related costs.  There is a competitive grant application for non-profit (501c), Tribal entities, and state agencies to apply to the FFWR program.  Technical Assistance for the application process is available. UFW Foundation will be providing technical assistance to organizations assisting farm workers.

Technical Assistance (TA)

Applications for the FY 2022 USDA AMS Farm and Food Workers Relief Grant Program (FFWR) funding opportunity are currently undergoing review. Once completed, USDA will notify applicants of the status of their funding request. USDA expects that awardees will be announced and posted on the USDA FFWR WEBPAGE in summer 2022.

Organizations may submit any TA inquiries, including questions, via our FFWR Quickbase Technical Support Portal

Which Organizations Can Apply for the Grant?

Eligible grant recipients include state agencies, Tribal entities, and non-profit (501c) organizations with experience providing support or relief services to farm, meatpacking, or grocery store workers. These services include: distributing personal protective equipment; hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic or outreach campaign; and/or providing financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is the Duration of the Grant?

This grant will operate on a two-year period of performance (2022-2024).

How Much Grant Funding Will Be Awarded?

Anywhere from $5 million -$50 million will be awarded per organization, depending on reach and need. Applicants may request more than $50,000,000 if the organization can demonstrate they are a national organization with the capacity to deliver funds in excess of $50,000,000 across multiple states and in partnership with smaller farmworker or meatpacking worker organizations. At least 80% of the grant funds awarded must be provided as disaster relief payments.

Grant recipients will distribute $600 in relief funds to farm workers, meatpacking workers, and/or grocery store workers (i.e. beneficiaries), to defray costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

When Can Qualified Workers Apply

Through this program, a one-time direct relief payment of $600 will be available to qualifying frontline farm, grocery, and meatpacking workers for expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Direct relief payments will be distributed to individuals by organizations selected via a competitive process. During the summer of 2022, USDA plans to announce the organizations chosen to provide the direct relief payments to workers.

Please visit www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/ffwr regularly for updates, including the list of organizations selected to distribute the direct relief payments. Once the list is posted, individuals will be able to identify the organization(s) serving their region, ask them questions, and apply for a direct relief payment when application periods open. Please note that organization application periods may begin at different times.

We appreciate your patience


Helpful Resources:

Webinars