Farm Aid COVID-19 Farmer Resilience Initiative Grants

Farm Aid COVID-19 Farmer Resilience Initiative Grants


To fill out this form, please copy, paste and print out the application below and write-in answers. OR download the pdf document and complete. 


The grant funding is $500 and 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-related expenses. In this round,  we are able to award funding to farmers in South Carolina, Virginia**, Florida, or the US Virgin Islands. The IRS guidelines regarding direct assistance to farm families prevent us from granting funds to support the farm and its business costs. Your acceptance of this grant award signifies your understanding and agreement to these use requirements.


**Note: The following counties in Virginia are NOT eligible for this grant: Alleghany, Bath, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Highland, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Rockbridge, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe. Contact Community Food Alliance for information about funding covering this region. (


Application Due: June 15, 2020, 6 pm



Email a scanned copy of this application to  Jarred White at OR

Mail your application (postmarked by June 15th) to:   Farm Aid grant


P.O. Box 640

Pittsboro, NC 27312.


Priority Applicants
Because available funds are limited, we will prioritize farmers who:

1) are severely impacted by COVID-19 to the degree that they are struggling to cover ordinary expenses,

2) are not able to access other federally-funded emergency relief funds (i.e. PPP, EIDL), and

3) earn a substantial portion of their household income from farming.


As funds are limited, we ask that farmers carefully consider whether this emergency relief grant applies to their situation.



If you have questions about the application or are having difficulty accessing the application, contact Jarred White at


  1. First name:
  2. Last name:
  3. Mailing Address (Include your full mailing address – street address, town/city, and zip):
    Street Address –

City/Town –

State –

Zip Code –

  1. County:
  2. Phone number:
  3. Email address:
  4. Date of birth:
  5. What is your gender?
  6. What is your racial or ethnic identity?
  7. Farm address (if different from above):
  8. Farm name/Business name:


  1. Which of these describes your farm? (select all that apply)
    1. Contract poultry
    2. Independent poultry
    3. Dairy
    4. Hog
    5. Cattle
    6. Large-scale (gross cash farm income more than $1,000,000 per year)
    7. Mid-scale (gross cash farm income between $350,000 and $999,999 per year)
    8. Small-scale (gross cash farm income less than $350,000 per year)
    9. Organic
    10. Vegetable
    11. Commodities
    12. Fiber
    13. Hemp
    14. Eggs
    15. Bees
    16. Sheep
    17. Goats
    18. Valued-added products
    19. Fish/Seafood
    20. Agritourim
    21. Other
  2. Number of acres in production?
  3. Please describe your farm’s marketing channel(s).
  4. Anything else we should know about your farm’s products? (optional)
  5. How long have you been farming?



  1. How many people does your farm employ? (please check both family & non-family as it applies)


  • Myself & family


  • 1-2 employees, non-family
  • 3-5 employees, non-family
  • 6-10 employees, non-family
  • More than 10 employees, non-family
  1. What percentage of your income is derived from farming?
  • 1-5%
  • 6-10%
  • 11-25%
  • 26-50%
  • More than 50%
  1. How has the COVID-19 impacted your farm business? (please be detailed)
  2. By what percentage do you expect your farm income to be reduced due to the COVID-19 outbreak?
  • 1-10%
  • 11-20%
  • 21-40%
  • 41-60%
  • 61-80%
  • 81% or more


  1. Please describe your family’s current financial situation. (please be detailed)
  2. Please describe how the funds will be used.
  3. Has anyone in your family or farm operation received a Farm Aid COVID-19 Farmer Resilience Initiative award?


  1. Please provide contact information for a reference who can verify the farm information you have provided. Preferably, this should be a professional reference (i.e. a County Extension Agent, seed dealer, etc.) and not a personal reference.

Name: __________________________________________________________

Relationship to you: ________________________________________________

Phone Number: ___________________ Email Address: ____________________________



Conditions of the RAFI-USA COVID-19 Farm Emergency Grant

  • I understand that this application is for a grant of $500 to be used for household expenses, including medical bills, and may not be used for professional expenses related to my farm operation.
  • I certify that no one in my family or farm operation has received an emergency grant from Farm Aid or RAFI-USA in the past 12 months.
  • I certify that all the information in this application is complete and correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • I agree that RAFI-USA has the right to validate any information provided and will reclaim any money that has been paid as a result of fraudulent or misleading claims.


Print Name: _____________________________________________

Signature:________________________________________________         Date: ___________________