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)

Technical Assistance for applicants includes, but is not limited to, grant writing tips, guidance on the DUNS, SAM, and Grants.gov registration, and organizational capacity assessment such as feedback on financial accounting systems. 

Please note: Technical assistance providers will not design programs, write or review grant applications. 

Receiving support from a technical assistance provider does not impact an application’s competitive standing in the USDA AMS panel review process nor does it improve an applicant’s chances of being selected for an FFWR grant award.

The deadline for USDA’s FFWR Grant Program has been extended. The new deadline is on or before 11:59 pm Eastern Time on March 10, 2022.

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.


Helpful Resources:

To access the application and view USDA’s resources, please visit the USDA FFWR Website: https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/ffwr

DUNS Help Guides

The first step is to get your DUNS number before applying. Dun & Bradstreet has a PRS Portal that will assign a nine-digit, unique DUNS number free of charge to a valid business entity based on their legal business name and physical location. Additional Quick Start Guides are also available:

System for Award Management (SAM) Registration Guides

Grants.Gov Registration for Applicants

Webinars


What is Needed to Apply?

The application package includes: Standard Form 424 –Application for Federal Assistance; a Project Narrative Form describing the total number of beneficiaries to be reached, other vital budgetary and networking information; and signed letters of commitment from project partners, if any.

Application submission is a 3-step process:

  1. Obtain a DUNS number at dnb.com/pandemicresponse
  2. Register with System for Award Management at SAM.gov
  3. Register with and submit the application on Grants.gov. Applications must be submitted electronically using Grants.gov.

The deadline for USDA’s FFWR Grant Program has been extended. The new deadline is on or before 11:59 pm Eastern Time on March 10, 2022.

How do I request Technical Assistance?

To request technical assistance contact: [email protected] or submit an inquiry in the form at the bottom of this page.