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Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety (SPRS) Block Grant Program    
DEADLINE: 

Applications must be received by Friday, November 18, 2022, by 11:59 pm Central Daylight Time (CDT).



The Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program provides grants to eligible state agencies and territories to support seafood processing facilities and processing vessels to respond to coronavirus, including for measures to protect workers against COVID-19. 

USDA has determined that the Texas allocation of SPRS funding is $353,135. Upon receipt of these funds, TDA will provide direct payments to eligible seafood processors, dealers and processing vessels to reimburse them for eligible expenses incurred between January 27, 2020 and December 31, 2021, upon application to TDA and subject to the limits of Texas' total allocation. 

Eligible entities

Seafood processing facilities and processing vessels, including at-sea processors or dealers.
  • Processor means the owner, operator, dealer, or agent responsible for any activity that changes the physical condition of a fisheries resource suitable for human consumption, retail sale, industrial uses, or long-term storage, including cooking, canning, smoking, salting, drying, shucking, filleting, freezing, or rendering into meal or oil. Any owner, operator, dealer, or agent exclusively gutting, gilling, heading, or icing seafood without performing any of the above activities is not considered a processor.
  • At-sea processor means a vessel or other platform that floats and can be moved from one location to another, whether in State waters or water of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), receiving fish and operating as a processor.
  • Dealer means an entity that first receives fish by way of purchase and sells directly to restaurants, markets, other dealers, processors, or consumers without substantially altering the product.

What is reimbursed? 
Funds can cover the activities associated with:
  • 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 transition to virtual/online sales costs (online platform development and fees, online marketing, credit card processing fees), supplies, 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.
 



Q&A

Q: If I am a company incorporated in one State, but have facilities in multiple States, do I apply for funds only from the State that I am incorporated, or do I apply for funds where each of my facilities are located?”

A: Eligible entities should apply to the states where each of the facilities are physically located, assuming those facilities are located within states that are eligible for the SPRS grant funding.

Q: What are the recordkeeping requirements for grant recipients?

A: For this grant, recipients should maintain sufficient records and documentation to demonstrate that costs were incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the eligible expense categories as attested to in your application.



How to apply
   
   
 
Application Materials
 
 
Contact

Mr. Felipe Herrera
Grant Specialist
512-463-6616
Grants@TexasAgriculture.gov


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