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Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund

Applications are now open and will be accepted until Tuesday, Sept 8th at 5pm MST.
PLEASE READ the following information carefully as we have created two tiers of applications for this round.
The first tier of applications is for those that are seeking emergency hunger relief funding (i.e. need to provide food and meals to individuals). This application remains mostly the same as the previous rounds, with slight changes, and has a maximum grant amount of $10,000.
The second tier of applications is for those that are not only seeking emergency hunger relief funds, but are also focusing on more long term systems + infrastructure building. This could include: bringing your legislator for a site visit and sharing the importance of funding anti-hunger programs; becoming a food bank partner; infrastructure support that would allow for longer term service delivery; efforts to build partnerships with local farmers; projects aimed at policy or systems change; modifying food options based on client preference; or more significant case management for families accessing services. This application has a few additional questions and the funding range is $10,000 to $20,000.

The Gap Fund
The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide more than $25M in small business loans and grants to boost small business enterprises that are the economic engines throughout the state. Sole proprietors, businesses, and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time employees can apply for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance.
Applications and awards will be done in rounds to allow us to provide assistance through December 2020. The process will not be first-come-first-serve, it will be a competitive process that will help those in need to receive priority access to assistance.

New Mexico farmers and ranchers interested in applying must do so by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 through an Eligible Entity, such as a Soil and Water Conservation District; a tribe, nation, or pueblo; or a land grant or acequia. Eligible Entities will conduct preliminary reviews of the applications they receive, then forward the applications they approve to NMDA by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Eligible Entities are also invited to apply to NMDA on their own behalf; such applications are also due by 5 p.m. on Oct. 8. Late applications will not be accepted.
Grant funding may be used for agricultural projects in New Mexico that focus on one or more of five basic soil health principles: keeping the soil covered; minimizing soil disturbance on cropland; maximizing biodiversity; maintaining a living root; and integrating animals into land management.
For more information on the NM Healthy Soil Program or to download a streamlined, fillable application, visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2642.

What must retailers do to be approved by FNS to accept SNAP online?

2020 Online SNAP FAQ

This resource was created for the Nutrition Incentive Hub by National Grocers Association Foundation
Technical Assistance Center (NGAF TAC) in July 2020.
Online SNAP Basics FAQ
In June 2020 NGAF TAC hosted a webinar for Online SNAP Basics. These frequently asked questions
are a product of our experience with retailers and a number of questions asked in that webinar.
Q: What must retailers do to be approved by FNS to accept SNAP online?

This resource was created for the Nutrition Incentive Hub by National Grocers Association Foundation
Technical Assistance Center (NGAF TAC) in July 2020.
Online SNAP Basics FAQ
In June 2020 NGAF TAC hosted a webinar for Online SNAP Basics. These frequently asked questions
are a product of our experience with retailers and a number of questions asked in that webinar. 2020 Online SNAP FAQ

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Farm Aid is working closely with our national partners to support service providers, farm organization staff, and advocates who work with farmers navigating the crisis sparked by COVID-19. We’re proud to share the following resources, co-created with the Farmers Legal Action Group (FLAG), Rural Advancement Foundation International – USA (RAFI-USA), National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), Intertribal Agriculture Council and the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative. Our intent is to equip all of you with as much information as possible as you work with farmers in this rapidly unfolding environment.

Farm Aid and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) are working to assess the impact and reach of federal COVID-19 relief programs, both to advocate for new or adjusted programs that can reach producers who are struggling to access those currently available and to ensure that USDA, SBA, and other institutions at local, state and federal levels are doing everything in their power to ensure farmers can stay on their land and remain viable.

 

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Farm Aid COVID Resilience Initiative Partner Guide

Farm Aid is grateful for your partnership in distributing support to farm families affected by the challenging circumstances sparked by COVID-19 through our COVID-19 Farmer Resilience Initiative. This guide offers recommendations for best practices in establishing and reviewing grant applications, disbursing funds, and our requirements for reporting on your work. We know this is not an insignificant endeavor. We are here to help. Please do not hesitate to reach out as you pull together your process.

Thank you again for being part of the COVID-19 Farmer Resilience Initiative.

As a complement to the CSU Webinar on Monday June 1st, we are also organizing a townhall focusing on Q&A, on Tuesday June 2nd at 4:30 pm for a more interactive discussion with farmers and ranchers on eligibility and application logistics for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

This discussion with CSU Food Systems Extension leaders is open to all, and we also have an invite to USDA staff to enrich the discussion.

Join us Tuesday, June 2nd from 4:30-5:30 pm. To attend, please use this link on https://zoom.us/j/97520494696

Topics to be discussed include

Eligibility for CFAP relief funds;
CFAP details (signup procedures and required documents);
Colorado efforts to provide farmer relief funds; and
Ongoing federal policy discussions to support the agriculture sector.