USDA Technical Assistance

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.

Where Can Beneficiaries Apply?

Funds for this program will be awarded through grants to State Agencies, Tribal Entities, and Non-Profit Organizations 501 (c) serving farmworkers, meatpacking workers, and grocery store workers. USDA expects that Farm and Food Worker Relief (FFWR) Grant Program awardees will be announced in summer 2022 and posted on the FFWR Grant Program website . 

 At that time, eligible workers may use this list to identify and contact the appropriate awardee for more information regarding how to request a relief payment and when relief payments will be available. 

Please note that once awarded, grantees may need time to establish their respective programs. Therefore, relief payments may not be available immediately after the USDA AMS funding announcement.


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