A $10 million grant has become available under a new program to Maine farmers and agricultural producers who have been hit hard by the economic impact of Covid-19. However, candidates will have to act fast. The funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with applications closing at 5 p.m. Friday.
According to Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Communications Director Jim Britt, the Agriculture and Food Processing Infrastructure Reimbursement Program will reimburse up to $100,000 spent by Maine food and agriculture businesses as they patch supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic.
The program is being administered by Brunswick-based Coastal Enterprises, Inc., and will redirect $10 million in federal CARES Act funding to Maine farmers and agriculture businesses as they weather the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Farmers and other food and beverage producers can use the funds to reimburse purchases of equipment, capital projects, and additional costs they saw because of the pandemic between March 1, 2020, and Dec. 18, 2020.