Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program

Funder: US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

 

Status: Open for eligible State agencies, commissions, or departments to apply

 

Next Step: Once USDA has awarded funds, state agencies will provide funding to their state’s seafood processors and processing vessels.

 

State agencies will provide more information for their state’s application process at a later date.

Purpose:

 

This is a program designed to provide funding to prepare for, prevent exposure to, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic for seafood processing facilities and processing vessels. USDA will award approximately $50 million in assistance to eligible State agencies to provide relief to seafood processors, including processing facilities, dealers, and processing vessels, who incurred costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Funding is provided by the Pandemic Assistance provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

Timeline:

 

September 9, 2021 USDA announces Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant program

 

September 23, 2021 USDA opens application period for eligible State agencies, commissions, or departments to apply

 

November 22, 2021 USDA will close the application period for eligible State agencies, commissions, or departments to apply

Funding can be used for the following activities:

 

Workplace Safety Measures: Workplace safety measures, including, but not limited to, personal protective equipment, sanitizer, hand washing stations, air filters, thermometers, cleaning supplies, or similar items.

 

Market Pivots: Market pivots such as the transition to virtual/online sales costs (online platform development and fees, online marketing, credit card processing fees), supplies, new signage.

 

Retrofitting Facilities: Retrofitting facilities for worker and consumer safety (retrofitting harvester vessels for onboard vessel processing to maximize open-air activities, plexiglass, walk-up windows, heat lamps, fans, tents, propane, weights, tables, chairs).

 

Transportation: Additional transportation costs incurred to maintain social distancing.

 

Worker Housing: Additional worker housing costs incurred to maintain social distancing or to allow for quarantining of new or exposed employees.

 

Medical: Unreimbursed costs associated with providing or enabling vaccinations, testing, or healthcare treatment of infected employees, including any paid leave.

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