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Relief for Grocery Workers, Meatpacking Workers, and Farm Workers

Farm and Food Worker Relief (FFWR) Grant

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

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03/10/22 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, state entities, and tribal entities to support Coronavirus (COVID-19) relief efforts for grocery workers, meatpacking workers, and farmworkers. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. This relief is intended to defray costs for reasonable and necessary personal, family, or living expenses such as, but not limited to: costs for personal protective equipment (PPE), expenses associated with quarantines and testing, and dependent care.

The program will provide relief to farmworkers, meatpacking workers, and front-line grocery workers for expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This relief is intended to defray costs for reasonable and necessary personal, family, or living expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as costs for personal protective equipment (PPE), dependent care, and expenses associated with quarantines and testing related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This aligns with the Administration’s efforts to revitalize the economy and provide relief to historically underserved communities. There are two project types under this RFA: one to provide support for farmworkers and meatpacking workers, and one to provide support to grocery store workers as a pilot project.

The Farm and Food Worker Relief Grant Program provides Consolidated Appropriations Act funds to provide grants to State agencies, Tribal entities, and nonprofit organizations with experience in providing support or relief services to farmworkers or meatpacking workers. 

Entities receiving awards will then distribute relief payments to frontline farmworkers and meatpacking workers who incurred expenses preparing for, preventing exposure to, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA strongly encourages small organizations to partner together or to partner with national organizations in submitting applications to ensure this support has the broadest reach and distribution possible to America’s farm and food workers.

Eligible Beneficiaries:

  • Field Workers: planting, tending, harvesting crops, and post-harvest activities as listed below, including operation of farm machinery on crop farms.
  • Livestock Workers: tending livestock, milking cows, or caring for poultry, including operation of farm machinery on livestock or poultry operations.
  • Meatpacking Workers: animal slaughtering and meat or poultry processing, including meat or poultry packaging.
  • Grocery Store Workers: front line service or first line supervisory roles in retail grocery establishments, including cashiers, butchers and meat cutters, food preparation occupations, stocking grocery floors, and other food related activities.

AMS expects beneficiaries across these worker types to be frontline (onsite) workers.

AMS expects that at least 80 percent of a grant issued through FFWR will be allocated to $600 payments to farmworkers, meatpacking workers, and/or grocery store workers.

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GrantWatch ID#: 200537

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Awards will generally range from $5,000,000 to $50,000,000. AMS will set aside up to a total of $20,000,000 of this amount for one or more grant agreements to benefit grocery store workers.

Term of Contract:

Two-year period of performance (2022-2024)


  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible entities are State agencies, Tribal entities, or nonprofits with State or IRS 501 (c) status, where no part of the organization’s or institution’s net earnings inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, that have experience in providing support or relief services to farmworkers, meatpacking workers, or grocery store workers.

Eligible entities must be domestic entities owned, operated, and located within the geographic area of the United States, including the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

All eligible entities must demonstrate that they have experience in providing support or relief services to farmworkers, meatpacking workers, or grocery store workers. Examples include, but are not limited to:
• Providing personal protective equipment such as masks to such workers,
• Hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic or outreach campaign, or
• Providing financial support to such workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Individual beneficiaries, those seeking relief payments, are NOT eligible to directly apply for this grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted on or before 11:59 pm Eastern Time on March 10, 2022.

Note: In 2022, workers will apply to grant recipients to receive funds.

- RFA Announcement: November 10, 2021
- Applications due: March 10, 2022
- Peer Reviews Complete: April 2022
- AMS Administrative Review: May 2022
- Grant Awards: June 2022

The applicant organization registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, complete your registration allowing enough time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.
- If individual applicants are eligible to apply for this grant funding opportunity, refer to:
- Organization applicants can find complete instructions here:
1) Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). See
2) Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through accounts must be updated annually, and your organization must have an active account to submit your application to See
3) Create a Account: The next step in the registration process is to create an account with Applicants must know their organization's DUNS number to complete this process. Completing this process automatically triggers an email request for applicant roles to the organization's E-Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) for review. The EBiz POC is a representative from your organization who is the contact listed for SAM. To apply for grants on behalf of your organization, you will need the AOR. See
4) Authorize Roles: After creating an account on, the EBiz POC receives an email notifying him or her of your registration and request for roles. The EBiz POC will then log in to and authorize the appropriate roles, including the AOR role, thereby giving you permission to complete and submit applications on behalf of the organization. You will be able to submit your application online any time after you have been approved as an AOR. See
5) Track Role Status: After registering with and authorizing the applicant AOR, allows you to track your status. See
6) Electronic Signature: When applications are submitted through, the name of the organization's AOR who submitted the application is inserted into the signature line of the application, serving as the electronic signature. The EBiz POC must authorize individuals who are able to make legally binding commitments on behalf of the organization to act as an AOR; this step is often missed, and it is crucial for valid and timely submissions.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Matt Russell
USDA AMS Grants Division

Applicants and other interested parties are encouraged to contact the FFWR staff by e-mail with questions about the grant program at

Applicant Support: provides additional training resources, including video tutorials. Applicants may also call the 24/7 toll-free support number 1-800-518-4726, or email will issue a ticket number to which you and can refer if the issue is not resolved.

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