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Last updated: 06/10/21
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP-2) - ENDING SOON
Application deadline - October 12, 2021
Has your operation been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for producers of agricultural commodities marketed in 2020 who faced market disruptions due to COVID-19. This is part of a larger initiative to improve USDA pandemic assistance to producers.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency is currently accepting new and modified CFAP 2 applications. USDA re-opened CFAP 2 signup beginning April 5, 2021. Signup will close on October 12, 2021.
Click here to apply or find out more info
- Newly-updated comprehensive guide to CFAP-2 - including appeals process - from FLAG:
USDA’s primary information portal: https://www.farmers.gov/coronavirus/pandemic-assistance/cfap2
Application Period Opens for Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a Request for Applications (RFA) for the new Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant program and encourages eligible entities to apply now for funds. Applications must be submitted electronically through the grant portal at https://usda-prs.grantsolutions.gov/usda by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, November 22, 2021. Approximately $650 million in funding is available for the PRS grants, which are funded by the Pandemic Assistance provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.
For more information visit: https://usda-prs.grantsolutions.gov/usda
New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program
The NYS COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program provides flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations which have experienced economic hardship due the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations must be currently viable and have begun operation on or before March 1, 2019, and continue to be in operation as of the date of application (may be shuttered due to COVID restrictions). Grant awards will be calculated based on a business’ annual gross receipts for 2019.
SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund
The SBA’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID -19. Also included are bakeries, brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms, breweries and wineries and distilleries. Some calculations and restriction apply, but you can learn more about the program at
New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF)
New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. It targets state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. NYFLF is providing working capital loans so that small businesses have access to credit as they reopen. They are available to businesses that did not receive a loan from either the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for COVID-19 in 2020.
Visit https://esd.ny.gov/nyforwardloans-info for information.
SBA EIDL Advance/Loan
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance/Loan portal reopened May 4, 2020 at 12:00pm for farms only. The re-opening of the portal is for agricultural businesses that were previously ineligible for the program. New non-agricultural business applications will not be accepted.The portal will be opened for a limited period, and it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible.
If you have already applied under the streamlined application (March 30th to program closure), there is no need to re-apply.
Agricultural Businesses Defined:
source: Cornell Cooperative Extension
Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)). SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.
If you are unfamiliar with the EIDL program, we included it in a recent fact sheet https://bit.ly/3eW0inq.
Here is a chart summarizing the differences between te EIDL and PPP
Additional helpful links:
Presentation on Small Business Administration's guidance for applying to EIDL: https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/resource_files/EIDL-BDO_Presentation_March_26_0.pdf
Free video tutorial on how to fill out the EIDL application (incl. forms needed based on business structure): https://vimeo.com/399334577
US Small Business Administration
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Explained
New Guidance on Reopening Horticulture Business by Region - (even if already open!)
Phase One begins May 15 and is allowed in Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley and North Country regions at the moment. The map for the regions is here: https://esd.ny.gov/regions. For more information click HERE
Protect Yourself and Your Family from Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Interim Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfection of Food Manufacturing Facilities or Food Retail Stores for COVID-19
Department of Agriculture and Markets COVID-19 Webpage:
New York State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Webpage: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
Listing of Local Health Departments:
PSA Temporary Remote Training Policy Updates
COVID-19 Resources for Food, Beverage, and Agriculture Businesses
Community Response to COVID-19 - Resources via Columbia Land Conservancy
Managing Stress by NY Farm Net
COVID Financial Stress on the Farm (pdf provided by NY Farm Net)
Managing Stress in Unprecedented Times (pdf provided by NY Farm Net)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Webpage:
FDA Guidance Regarding Food, Food Handling:
National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Coronavirus Resources