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Grants to Illinois Organizations for Projects to Mitigate the Negative
Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Agricultural Industry

Illinois H.R. 133 Stimulus Grant Program

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Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA)

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11/29/21 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Illinois organizations for projects to mitigate the negative effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the agricultural industry. The purpose of the program is to enhance the development and competitiveness of the local specialty crop industry.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has been allocated funds this federal fiscal year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program additional funding, H.R. 133 Stimulus Funds. Congress has provided additional funding (H.R. 133) due to COVID-19 impacts on the food system. These funds will support and include projects by organizations to assist farmworkers, projects to fund farmers, food businesses, and other relevant entities to respond to risks and supply chain disruptions, to expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce, and strengthen the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crop industry.

To encourage further expansion of this industry, and to take full advantage of the allocated funds, the Department invites the development of projects pertaining to the following issues affecting the specialty crop industry:

  • Improving specialty crop industry affected by COVID 19;
  • Enhancing food safety;
  • Improving compliance with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act;
  • Investing in specialty crop research and technology;
  • Increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops;
  • Improving pest and disease control;
  • Improving Food Access in Underserved Communities and Among Veterans
  • Protecting and improving pollinator health;
  • Improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems;
  • Developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199529

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award will be $75,000.00.

Term of Contract:

The proposal grant cycle will tentatively start May 1, 2022, and the final end date will be September 29, 2025.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations in the state of Illinois are eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Project proposals are due by 4:00 pm, November 29.

State law now requires entities to register and pre-qualify online at before they can apply for a state grant.

Proposal Submission Details:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to:

Nicole Moore
Illinois Department of Agriculture
801 E. Sangamon Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702

Telephone: 217-524-9129
Fax: 217-524-5960

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USA: Illinois

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