The Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Recourses Management and Sustainability (FARRMS) will assist small farm and food businesses in applying for the USDA’s new Pandemic Response and Safety Grants. FARRMS will hold an online support session from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30. Those interested can find more information on the Facebook event at https://bit.ly/farrms_PRSgrant or join the sessions directly at https://bit.ly/PRS_Grant.

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program provides grants to food processors, distributors, farmers markets and producers to respond to coronavirus, including for measures to protect workers against novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The application period is from Septe. 23, 2021–Nov. 8, 2021. Grant funds are eligible to small farms, farmers markets, food processors, manufactures, and distributers that meet qualifications of a small business or nonprofit with 501c3 status. Applicants may request from $1,500 to $20,000 to cover expenses associated with COVID-19 adaptations such as workplace safety, setting up online sales platforms, transportation for new delivery routes, or adaptations to protect workers. Those interested in applying should visit https://usda-prs.grantsolutions.gov/usda and check their eligibility status. Applicants must have a DUNS number, which is necessary to receive federal funds. A simplified DUNS application for this program is at https://dnb.com/pandemicresponse.

“FARRMS is here to support small-scale farmers any way we can," said Stephanie Blumhagen, executive director of FAARMS. "In these support sessions we will help farmers and farmers markets determine if they are eligible and help them complete the DUNS number application. In the second session we will review the application form together and offer support for those interested in applying.”

FARRMS, a 501c3 nonprofit, provides educational programs and support to grow sustainable agriculture and local food systems in North Dakota.Learn more about FARRMS’ programs at www.farrms.org.