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Michigan Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Due December 31, 2022


About

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is seeking applications for the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant program to support the seafood processing sector. Funded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service, this program provides relief and assistance to eligible seafood processing facilities and processing vessels in response to the ongoing impacts from COVID-19. The grants will provide cost reimbursement for eligible expenditures that occurred between January 27, 2020, and December 31, 2021.

Grant funding can be used to cover the activities associated with: 

  • Workplace Safety Measures

  • Market Pivots

  • Retrofitting Facilities

  • Transportation

  • Worker Housing

  • Medical Costs


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Eligibility

Eligible applicants are MDARD-licensed seafood processing facilities and processing vessels, including at-sea processors or dealers. Qualified beneficiary definitions include: 

Processor

The owner, operator, dealer, or agent responsible for any activity that changes the physical condition of a fisheries resource suitable for human consumption, retail sale, industrial use, or long-term storage, including cooking, canning, smoking, salting, drying, shucking, filleting, freezing, or rendering into meal or oil. Any owner, operator, dealer, or agent exclusively gutting, gilling, heading, or icing seafood without performing any of the above activities is NOT considered a processor eligible for payments under this award;  

At-Sea Processor

A vessel or other platform that floats and can be moved from one location to another, whether in State waters or water of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), receiving fish and operating as a processor;  

Dealer

An entity that first receives fish by way of purchase and sells directly to restaurants, markets, other dealers, processors, or consumers without substantially altering the product.


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Details

Release Date

June 27, 2022

Deadline

December 31, 2022

Organization

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD)

Image Credit

Krisztian Tabori


Updated July 28, 2022

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