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WSG Response to COVID-19

Updated September 20, 2021

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact all aspects of society, Washington Sea Grant (WSG) has been mobilizing its resources to support communities and stakeholders across the state:

USDA Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program

The Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program provides funding to help small specialty crop producers, food processors, manufacturers, distributors and farmers markets recover costs incurred by responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including for measures to protect workers. This program is authorized and funded under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116—260). The minimum funding request amount is $1,500. The maximum funding request amount is $20,000. No cost sharing or matching funds are required. Grants will cover activities associated with:

  • Workplace Safety: Implementing workplace safety measures to protect against COVID-19
  • Market Pivots: Implementing market pivots to protect against COVID–19
  • Retrofitting Facilities: Retrofitting facilities for worker and consumer safety to protect against COVID–19
  • Transportation: Providing additional transportation options to maintain social distancing and worker and consumer safety to protect against COVID-19
  • Worker Housing: Providing worker housing that protects against COVID-19
  • Medical: Providing health services to protect workers against COVID-19

 Important Dates:

  • Check your eligibility and request a DUNS number now.
  • Application Period Opens: September 23, 2021
  • Application Period Closes: 11:59 PM Eastern Time on November 8, 2021
Visit the PRS Portal for more information and to apply for the USDA PRS Grant Program!

Additional resource pages for the shellfish industry in the state

Additional resource pages for Washington State fishers

Additional resource pages for families and educators

We will continue to update these resource pages as we collectively respond with an abundance of caution to the needs of our communities during this time of change.