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Needs Related to COVID-19 in the Seafood Processing Sector

Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety (SPRS) Block Grant Program

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US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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11/22/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA and territories government agencies, commissions, and departments in eligible locations to respond to needs related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the seafood processing sector. Required registrations may take up to four weeks to finalize. Eligible states include Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, as well as the territory of American Samoa.

The Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety (SPRS) Block Grant Program provides grants to eligible state agencies and territories to support seafood processors, including at-sea processing vessels, to respond to coronavirus, including for measures to protect workers against COVID-19.

State agencies will provide funds to seafood processors and processing vessels. State agencies should conduct outreach to ensure that eligible beneficiaries are aware of this relief and understand the requirements of the funding opportunity. Each processing facility or vessel may apply separately for funding. Processors may only apply once for each location or vessel. State agencies should determine funding amounts based on their local conditions and industry needs. Funds can cover the activities associated with:

  • Workplace Safety Measures: Workplace safety measures, including, but not limited to, personal protective equipment, sanitizer, hand washing stations, air filters, thermometers, cleaning supplies, or similar items.
  • Market Pivots: Market pivots such as transition to virtual/online sales costs (online platform development and fees, online marketing, credit card processing fees), supplies, new signage.
  • Retrofitting Facilities: Retrofitting facilities for worker and consumer safety (retrofitting harvester vessels for onboard vessel processing to maximize open-air activities, plexiglass, walk up windows, heat lamps, fans, tents, propane, weights, tables, chairs).
  • Transportation: Additional transportation costs incurred to maintain social distancing.
  • Worker Housing: Additional worker housing costs incurred to maintain social distancing or to allow for quarantining of new or exposed employees.
  • Medical: Unreimbursed costs associated with providing or enabling vaccinations, testing, or healthcare treatment of infected employees, including any paid leave.

AMS encourages 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 allowable costs, seeĀ

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GrantWatch ID#: 198582

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

25 - AMS will make only one award to each eligible State or territory.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $30,694,746
Award Floor: $200,000

For the allocation for each eligible state, see page 5 of the NOFA in Supporting documents below.

Term of Contract:

Duration (Months): 24
Start Date: No earlier than January 1, 2022
Completion Date: 24 months from Start Date

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

State agencies within select coastal States and American Samoa are eligible to apply directly to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for grant funds.

Eligible entities include the State agencies, commissions, or departments in eligible States that are responsible for agriculture, fisheries, wildlife, seafood, commercial processing, or related commerce activities within the State. AMS will make only one award per State or territory; agencies within the State must coordinate if more than one agency wishes to implement this program. Eligible State agencies who do not apply for or do not request all available funding during the specified grant application period will forfeit all or that portion of available funding not requested.

Eligible benificiaries are seafood processing facilities and processing vessels, including at-sea processors or dealers. Seafood processors interested in the SPRS should contact their state agency for more information.

For Funding Restrictions, see

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received on or before 11:59 pm Eastern Time on November 22, 2021, through

It is currently estimated to take 7 to 8 weeks from application to issuance of grant award funds.

Before your organization can apply for a federal grant, there are several steps an organization must complete outside of prior to submitting an application through View complete instructions at

The applicant organization registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, complete your registration allowing enough time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.
1) Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). See
2) Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through accounts must be updated annually, and your organization must have an active account to submit your application to See
3) Create a Account: The next step in the registration process is to create an account with Applicants must know their organization's DUNS number to complete this process. Completing this process automatically triggers an email request for applicant roles to the organization's E-Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) for review. The EBiz POC is a representative from your organization who is the contact listed for SAM. To apply for grants on behalf of your organization, you will need the Authorized Organization Role (AOR). See


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

After closely reviewing the RFA in its entirety, applicants and other interested parties are encouraged to contact the SPRS staff by e-mail with questions about the grant program at

Applicants may also call the 24/7 toll-free support number 1-800-518-4726, or email

Seafood Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grants
USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 2055 South Building
Stop 0201
Washington, DC 20250-0264

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   California;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Mississippi;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   Oregon;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   Texas;   Virginia;   Washington, DC

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)

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