October Funding Opps

New VA grant program for local food production and sustainable agriculture infrastructure
Apply for funding by November 15

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is launching a new program under the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund providing matching grants of up to $25,000 in partnership with local governments for community infrastructure development projects that support local food production and sustainable agriculture. The reimbursable grants are for capital projects at new and existing food hubs, farmers’ markets, commercial kitchens and other value-added facilities for processing and packaging meats, dairy products, produce, or other Virginia-grown products. Small farmers, food processors, and local food systems advocates are encouraged to work with their localities to identify and develop suitable projects. Learn more and apply here. Application deadline is November 15, 2021. Awards will be announced no later than December 31, 2021. Interested?

Application Period Opens for Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program 

USDA announced a Request for Applications (RFA) for its new $650 million Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant program to assist small businesses and nonprofits in certain commodity areas – specialty crop producers, shellfish farming, finfish farming, aquaculture, and apiculture; specialty crop, meat, and other processors; distributors; and farmers markets. Grants of $1,500 to $20,000 cover COVID-related expenses such as workplace safety measures (e.g., personal protective equipment), retrofitting facilities for worker and consumer safety, shifting to online sales platforms, transportation, worker housing, and medical costs.

Applications must be by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, November 22, 2021. Note: if your operation does not currently have a DUNS number; you will need to obtain one (at no charge) at the USDA’s PRS DUNS number portal.  Learn more at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s blog post on the PRS.