CARES ACT Respond and Rebuild Grants

CARES ACT Respond and Rebuild Grants

Maura Bennett
Maura Bennett

Colorado Ag professionals are eligible for about a million dollars in CARES Act grants to help support operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications are open through Monday, November 9th.

Ag producers can receive up to $12,500. Farmers markets, food hubs, processors, and other intermediaries are eligible for up to $50,000.

The Respond and Rebuild grants will be administered by the independent Colorado Farm & Food Systems Response Team.

The fund has provided more than $370,000 to producers and intermediaries, focusing on small- and mid-size growers, beginning farmers and ranchers, veteran farmers, farmers of color, LGBTQ+ farmers, and female farmers. A release says these producers are often underserved by public programs and are projected to bear the brunt of the pandemic.

Interested operators can apply at

Meanwhile, applications for another major funding source CFAP 2, remain open until December 11th. Ag Commissioner Kate Greenberg:

Greenberg: “The goal of CFAP 2, I think there were a number of producers sectors essentially who were not eligible in that first round. A lot of smaller scale, diversified operators who gosh talk about making a pivot when you’ve got 80% of your sales go to restaurants and restaurants shut down overnight. How do you pivot overnight to get 80% of your product to a new market?

Farmers and ranchers can check out to see if they’re eligible.

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