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Labor and Economic Opportunity

Michigan Ag Safety Grant Program

Agriculture Workers during Cucumber Harvest
In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, the State of Michigan has appropriated $15 million of federal CARES Act funding through SB 690, signed into law by Governor Whitmer last week, to implement the Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant Program. These grants will provide much needed funding to Michigan’s agricultural processors and farms in support of this critical industry in the state. The Michigan Agricultural Safety Grants are divided between agricultural processors and farms: 
  • $10 million in grants will be provided to processors statewide, with a minimum grant of $10,000 and a maximum grant of $200,000.
  • $5 million in grants will be available to farms statewide, with a minimum grant of $10,000 and a maximum grant of $50,000. 
Applicants must apply as either a processor or a farm – but not both – and funds will provide grants of up to $1,000 per employee to fund COVID-19 mitigation costs, including but not limited to testing costs, personal protection equipment, facility needs, increased sanitation costs, employee training, and upgraded safety procedures for farm-provided housing. The program will cover costs incurred from June 1, 2020 through September 15, 2020 and eligible applicants will be able to apply for funding beginning on July 15, 2020 at Grants will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis until all funding has been awarded.