WSDA GRANT PROGRAM OFFERS HELP TO QUALIFYING AG BUSINESSES
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The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is offering grants to small agriculture-related businesses in sectors that have suffered economically due to the coronavirus pandemic but have been left out of earlier relief programs.
The WSDA Relief and Recovery grants, funded through a partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce), are intended to assist small businesses in four agriculture sectors, which include:
· Shellfish growers
· Farmers market organizations
· Agritourism farms
· Small breweries, cideries, wineries, and distilleries that depend on tap and tasting room sales
The WSDA grants are a way to bolster the health and diversity of the entire state economy by supporting disproportionately affected and previously underserved agricultural sectors. These four sectors were selected because they did not qualify for other small business and agriculture COVID-19 relief programs.
The application period for the WSDA grants will be open for two weeks, beginning as soon as Friday, April 9. Visit agr.wa.gov/grants to learn more about each of the grants and whether your business qualifies. Businesses who do not qualify for the WSDA grants can visit commercegrants.com for information on other assistance available to Washington businesses.