In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, the State of Michigan has allocated $15 million of CARES Act funding to implement the Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant Program. The program supports the implementation of COVID-19 monitoring and mitigation strategies to protect agricultural employees and the state’s food production industry.
Agricultural processors and farms may use the grants for COVID-19 testing, facility or farm needs to protect against the spread of COVID-19, personal protection equipment, increased sanitation, employee training, establishing or conducting COVID-19 screening procedures, and more.
Applications will be available beginning July 15, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. and will be processed by GreenStone Farm Credit Services. GreenStone will complete an initial screening of all applications and recommend applications to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for final approval and disbursements of the grants awarded.
To be eligible for funding, agricultural processors and farms must employ at least 10 employees in Michigan and meet other criteria. For grant criteria, eligible expenditures, Frequently Asked Questions and a grant application, refer to the MEDC’s Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant.
If you have questions or need assistance, contact your local Yeo & Yeo Agribusiness Services Group professional.