COVID-19 Resources for Farmers & Markets


During this webinar, we’ll review a new grant opportunity for businesses, nonprofit, or cooperative entities that have increased costs due to COVID-19.

Eligible entities including food hubs, mobile markets, co-ops, farmers markets, on-farm markets, urban farms, community gardens, grocery stores, corner stores, convenience stores, neighborhood stores, bodegas, and food aggregation and processing centers that serve direct-to-consumer retail outlets.

The Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI) is a statewide public-private financing program that invests in new or expanding grocery stores and other healthy food retail outlets in communities throughout Pennsylvania. The state is introducing a new and complementary grant program to FFFI for retailers that have been impacted by COVID-19 to help ensure communities can maintain access to healthy food during the pandemic.

In recognition of the disproportionate impacts of both COVID-19 and food apartheid on communities made up of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and especially Black and African American communities, prioritization will be given to those businesses that are owned by and serve low-income BIPOC communities.

Award maximums range from $15,000 to $1 million, depending on the type of business or organization. Apply by August 14, 2020.

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At a glance

Maximum funding by category

Category Maximum funding (per operator)
Neighborhood markets and food enterprises

  • Solo farm market vendor* ($15,000)
  • On-farm market and stand ($15,000)
  • Urban farms ($15,000)
  • Community gardens ($15,000)
Full-service traditional grocery stores $500,000
Large or regional anchor supermarkets $1,000,000

*A single vendor may submit an individual application if the market is not submitting an overall application, or if there are expenses limited only to their business.

What’s eligible?

  • Cleaning/sanitizing costs
  • Contracting with external vendors to manage social distancing, limiting occupancy, and cleaning/sanitizing
  • Improving infrastructure, new construction, adaptive reuse
  • Purchasing equipment (e.g. refrigeration, personal protective equipment like plexiglass separators)
  • Inventory expenses or losses (higher costs of goods, delivery costs, loss of product)
  • New technology or food delivery expenses (e.g. online purchasing, pop-up markets, mobile EBT readers)
  • Expanding access

What’s not eligible?

  • Hazard pay
  • Employee wages
  • Employee benefits

How do I learn more?