For more information on the coronavirus (COVID-19), visit cdc.gov
Please keep checking this page for updates to services, grants, and programs
We are actively monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 and are taking the health and safety of our staff, membership, and communities very seriously. The Federation's message to farmers and co-ops is to continue to be the anchors of your rural communities and protectors of our local food systems while being proactive and mindful of the COVID-19 safety recommendations.
Our doors may be closed but we are still providing services as all employees are working from home. Please call your local field office for support or questions.
Federation Disaster Relief to Famers
Thanks to the Ratliff Charitable Foundation we awarded 10 farmers in AL, GA, MS, SC, and MI disaster relief funds. To be considered for this ongoing funding, please complete the assessment below. We will notify farmers and coops directly if you will be awarded.
How is this pandemic affecting your operation?
We need all the data and information to determine the impact of the pandemic and how to support you through our advocacy and disaster relief efforts. Please complete a short cooperative or farmer disaster relief assessment below. Let us know what resources you need
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Available Small Grants
American Farm Land Trust (AFT) just announced. They are for farmers affected by COVID-19. Grants are for $1000 and will be a simple application process. This was just announced and will be open through April 23 (grants awarded May 1). Here is more information. https://farmland.org/farmer-relief-fund/
Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance
Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Non-profits, Homeowners and Renters
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.
Last Friday, SBA published an interim rule indicating that most cooperatives are now eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides low-interest loans of up to $10 million. Issued by private lenders and guaranteed by SBA, these loans can be forgiven if borrowers meet certain requirements.
Paycheck Protection Program Resources