The USDA announced another $700 million in new grant programs to help small producers who have not yet received federal assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new program – the Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant will provide assistance to small businesses in certain commodity areas, including small scale specialty crop producers and processors, shellfish, aquaculture and other select producers, meat and other processors, distributors, and farmers’ markets.
For the PRS grants, eligibility details can be found in the Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program forecast, located here: USDA-AMS-TM-PRS-G-21-0011. Eligible entities should visit the PRS grant portal at usda-prs.grantsolutions.gov for complete information on the program, including how to obtain a free-of-charge DUNS Number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) before applying for this program. On September 23, USDA will issue another announcement indicating that entities may submit their applications through the grant portal; entities will need their DUNS number to submit an application.
Updated information regarding the PRS programs will be available on the Agricultural Marketing Service website: www.ams.usda.gov.