The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is now accepting applications for $1.5 million in grants supporting Oregon’s seafood industry. Earlier this year the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it would distribute approximately $50 million to 24 states and one US territory to help defray the costs incurred by the seafood processing facilities and processing vessels preparing for, preventing exposure to, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We appreciate actions taken by Congress and the USDA for the continued support of our seafood industry throughout the pandemic,” said Alexis Taylor, Director, Oregon Department of Agriculture. “Our seafood sector invested in protecting their workers and sustaining local economies by responding to market changes and consumer demands. These funds provide a level of relief and allow our seafood producers to continue to provide high-quality seafood that consumers around the world know and love.”
The grant program is funded through Pandemic Assistance provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. States are encouraged to prioritize applications that benefit smaller processors and vessels, socially disadvantaged processors, veteran processors, and/or underserved communities. For grants intending to serve these entities, applicants should engage and involve those beneficiaries when developing projects and applications.
For more information about who is eligible and steps to apply for the Seafood Processors (SPRS) Grant Program please visit ODA online.