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Relief Funds for Farmers


  • FACT Emergency Mini Grants for Livestock and Poultry Farmers will award $500 on a rolling basis until funding is depleted. Eligible applicants own or are employed by a farm that raises livestock (ruminants, swine) and/or poultry and express a commitment to raising their animals using humane management practices. Farmers can request mini-grants for materials, services or equipment that would help them to transition to an online or alternative sales strategy (e.g. home delivery, on-farm sales), or for other projects that would help their farm business to maintain sales during this crisis. Apply here.

  • MARBIDCO Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund Program (PALFP) - Eligible farms and rural businesses can apply for loans up to $3,000 in working capitol and up to $10,000 for equipment purchases at low interest rates with flexible terms. Loan repayments will be interest only for five months followed by payments for 12 to 36 months with a rate of 4.75%. Borrowers who make all their payments will receive a 10% grant back (of the original amount) at the end of the loan term. Application deadline is May 31. Apply here. 

  • USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Rapid Response to Novel Coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) Impacts Across Food and Agricultural Systems. Grant support via the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture which includes six priority areas: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Closing date November 18. Apply here.

  • Native American Agricultural Relief Fund. Grants available to eligible recipients in the mission areas of business assistance, agricultural education, technical support and advocacy services; flexibility provided for applicants dealing with hardships due to COVID-19. Two RFAs are currently open: “2020 RFA Process - General” and “2020 RFA Process - Youth.” Application deadline is June 1. Apply here.

  • USDA Farmers to Families Food Box. USDA will partner with regional and local distributors, whose workforce has been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase fresh produce, dairy, and meat. USDA will award contracts for the purchase of the agricultural products, the assembly of commodity boxes and delivery to identified non-profit organizations that can receive, store and distribute food items. Apply here.

  • USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for Specialty Crops - As part of CFAP, the USDA will provide $16 billion in direct payments to specialty crop producers based on losses where prices and market supply chains have been impacted. Producers that fall into one of the following categories may be eligible to receive a direct payment: Specialty Crops, Row Crops, Livestock, Wool and Dairy Sales with a price loss of 5% or more between January 15 and April 15, 2020. Details on eligible crops and understanding CFAP here. Applications are open until August 28, 2020 with payouts on first come, first serve basis. Apply here.

  • Jump Start Business Grants (Frederick, MD) - Designed to provide financial assistance to Frederick County for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, full-time farmers, and Sole Proprietors (with commercial space) that have experienced significant financial loss caused directly or indirectly by Covid-19. $5M to be awarded. $6,000 to qualifying full-time farmers. $10,000 small business grants. $3,300 micro-business grants. Applications are open through June 5, 2020. Apply here.

  • Cecil CARES (Cecil County, MD) - $1 million grant program to assist for-profit small businesses, inclding farm operations, through the Covid-19 crisis. $10,000 per business. Grant proceeds will be administered to the fisrt 100 qualified and complete applications received. Applications will open at 8:00 am on Thursday June 4, 2020 and reviewed on a first come first serve basis. More info and application instructions here.

  • Farm Aid Covid Resilience Initiative  - Farm Aid has launched the Farm Aid COVID-19 Farmer Resilience Initiative for emergency relief grants in the amount of $500 for farmers in Virginia (South Carolina, Florida, and US Virgin Islands) who have seen drastic impacts to their business and household as a result of COVID-19. The mini-grant funding is meant to lessen the immediate financial needs of farmers and their households. This means funds could cover expenses like food, medical bills, utility bills, etc. The funds are NOT meant to cover farm production expenses. The funding in Virginia is being distributed through two different organizations: Community Food Alliance and Local Food Hub. Apply by June 15, 2020 here. Questions? Contact Jarred White at