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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Great Lakes Response - COVID-19 Farmer Resilience Initiative


Please see below for information about emergency relief grants for farmers through Farm Aid in partnership with Great Lakes area organizations. Farmers are encouraged to apply as soon as applications open on June 6th!



Family farmers in the Great Lakes region impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now access much-needed relief. Farm Aid, in partnership with Great Lakes area organizations, is awarding $500 emergency relief grants to help farmers meet household expenses. Families who rely on farming for their income and are experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic are encouraged to complete an application. Find more information on the application process and guidelines here.


Applications are reviewed as they are received and because there is a finite amount of funding available, farmers in need are encouraged to apply as soon as the application opens. Applications will be reviewed by a state committee that includes advocates and other agricultural professionals. 

Approval is based on the applicant qualifying as a family farm and demonstrating economic loss. The online application opens June 6th at



Be well,


Colleen Matts

(she, her, hers)

Farm to Institution Specialist

Coordinator, Michigan Farm to Institution Network

Core Partner, National Farm to School Network

Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems | 517.432.0310 | |


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