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Rhode Island Produce Safety Improvement Grants

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

Opens December 15, 2021

About

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management – Division of Agriculture (RIDEM) is pleased to announce the availability of up to $35,000 of funding in grant opportunities to assist eligible Rhode Island farmers and food businesses with projects that have goals to improve quality, efficiency, and food safety.

Rhode Island Produce Safety Improvement Grants help Rhode Island produce growers implement on-farm food safety practices, transition to compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, and meet market demands for on-farm food safety.

Eligibility

This grant is available to farms that are subject to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. To be eligible, farms must:

  • Grow, harvest, pack or hold “covered produce” as defined by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR);

  • Have annual produce sales, averaged over the past three years, of greater than $25,000*; and

  • Have enrolled in the Rhode Island Produce Safety Program

*A farm with an average annual monetary value of produce sold during the previous 3-year period of less than $25,000, adjusted for inflation using 2011 as the baseline year for calculating the adjustment, is not covered by the Produce Safety Rule. The average 3-year value for 2017–2019 is $28,075. See FSMA Inflation Adjusted Cut Offs for additional information.

If the applicant has less than three years of sales, take the average of annual produce sales, adjusted for inflation as stated above, for the years that the farm has been in operation.

Eligible uses of program funds:

  • Specialized Equipment and Supplies: produce harvest/storage improvement

  • Health/Hygiene: cleaning/sanitization tools, signage, compost/manure handling improvements

  • Wash and Pack: washroom supplies, single use packaging

Program funds cannot be used for the following purposes:

  • Construction and Construction Supplies

  • Projects that fail to demonstrate how produce safety risks will be prevented or reduced

  • Reimbursement for completed projects

Resources

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Details

Release Date

December 15, 2021

Deadline

January 15, 2022

Organization

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM)

Financial Instrument

Grant

Minimum Award Amount

$2,000

Maximum Award Amount

$5,000

Total Program Funding

$35,000

Image Credit

Marc Wellekötter

Updated July 15, 2021

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