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Louisiana Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an investment to support Louisiana seafood processors, processing facilities, and processing vessels for expenses related to COVID-19. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s (LDAF) Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority (LAFA) has been selected to administer the Louisiana Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program (LSPPRS) as a result of the grant award. The program is funded by the Pandemic Assistance provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

The grant application will be available on June 15, 2022, on the LDAF website. The window for submitting applications will be July 1 through July 29, 2022. The LDAF encourages applicants to review the guidelines and begin gathering the documentation needed for submission.
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“As the nation’s second-largest seafood supplier, our producers, distributors, processors, and vessels will greatly benefit from this relief. The last two years have brought plenty of challenges to the industry, including the COVID-19 pandemic but also brutal hurricane seasons. It’s time to get them back on track and offer some assistance to one of the most important and impactful Louisiana industries.”
LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
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Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the benefits under the Louisiana Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Program, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Must have had a 2020 and/or 2021 Louisiana Residential Wholesale/Retail Seafood License – Business, Residential Wholesale/Retail Seafood License -Vehicle, Residential Seafood Retail/Dealer License – Business, Residential Seafood-Retail/Dealer License – Vehicle, or Residential Vessel Licenses issued by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
  • Sole proprietorships, partnerships (general, limited, or LLP), corporations (S Corps, C Corps, and LLCs), cooperatives, joint ventures, and other entities may participate. Processors and At-sea Processors attest that they change the physical condition of a fisheries resource suitable for human consumption, retail sale, industrial use, or long-term storage including cooking, canning, smoking, salting, drying, shucking, filleting, freezing, or rendering into meal or oil.
  • Dealers attest that they receive fish by way of purchase and sell directly to restaurants, markets, other dealers, processors, or consumers without substantially altering the product.

Award

Awards will be 100 % grants. Total awards will be a maximum of $100,000 depending on the availability of funds. The applicant’s award amount will be based on the amount of pandemic-related loss expenses preparing for, preventing exposure to, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic for seafood processing facilities and vessels. If eligible requests for funds exceed the dollars available, awards will be made on a pro-rata share.

The applicant will be responsible for submitting receipts for the use of funds in order to receive the grant award. Please attach any receipts relating to these expenses to the application. Receipts must be dated January 27, 2020, through December 31, 2021, and indicate payments have already been made. LDAF/LAFA may request expense justification for eligible expenses.

Eligible expense categories:

Workplace Safety Measures: Workplace safety measures, including, but not limited to, personal
protective equipment, sanitizer, hand washing stations, air filters, thermometers, cleaning supplies, or
similar items.

*Market Pivots: Market pivots such as the transition to virtual/online sales costs (online platform development
and fees, online marketing, credit card processing fees), supplies, and new signage.

*Retrofitting Facilities: Retrofitting facilities for worker and consumer safety (retrofitting harvester
vessels for onboard vessel processing to maximize open-air activities, plexiglass, walk-up windows, heat
lamps, fans, tents, propane, weights, tables, chairs).

*Transportation: Additional transportation costs incurred to maintain social distancing.

*Worker Housing: Additional worker housing costs incurred to maintain social distancing or to allow for
quarantining of new or exposed employees.

*Medical: Unreimbursed costs associated with providing or enabling vaccinations, testing, or healthcare
treatment of infected employees, including any paid leave.

*Complete justification form and submit with eligible receipts for this category.

Application

Application for the Louisiana Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Program

Guidance

Guidelines for the Louisiana Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Program

In addition, the LAFA will begin statewide outreach sessions to offer additional guidance for the program.

June 8, 2022 – – 10am-12pm
Opelousas Civic Center, 1638 Creswell Ln, Opelousas, LA 70570

June 10, 2022 – -10am-12pm
Vermilion Ag Center, 1105 West Port Street, Abbeville, LA 70510

June 14, 2022 – – 1pm-3pm
Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA 70001

June 15, 2022 – – 10am-12pm
LDAF BRHQ, Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 5825 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806

June 20, 2022 – – 10am-12pm
LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Hwy, Lake Charles, LA 70607

June 22, 2022 – – 11am-1pm
Docville Farm, 5124 E St Bernard Hwy, Violet, LA 70092

June 23, 2022 – – 11am-1pm
Terrebonne Parish Library, 151 Library Drive, Houma, LA 70360

Can’t make it to an event? View the presentation here.

Program Contact Information

Email – LSPPRS@ldaf.state.la.us
Phone – 225-922-1277

Announcements

USDA Announces Grant Awarded Louisiana to Support the Seafood Industry
LDAF to host outreach events supporting the Louisiana Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program