On May 20, 2020, Governor Tony Evers announced a plan to allocate $65 million to help support Wisconsin's agriculture industry during the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19. In addition to $50 million in direct aid payments to farmers through the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, the Governor's commitment also includes a $15 million Food Security Initiative. This initiative will be comprised of two grant programs:
COVID-19 Food Security Network Support Grant: The first round of funding will total $5 million. These grants will go toward helping food banks adapt to the challenges they've faced as a result of COVID-19. Applications are being accepted for this funding now until July 22, 2020. The Request for Proposals (RFP), application with instructions, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are available by clicking here.
COVID-19 Food Security and Wisconsin Products Grant: The second round of funding will total $10 million. These grants will help get Wisconsin food to Wisconsin consumers in need, with the goals of alleviating food insecurity and strengthening the connection between farmer and consumer. The RFP for this funding will be released at a later date.
July 2, 2020: DATCP Accepting Applications for COVID-19 Food Security Network Support Grants
June 24, 2020: DATCP Encourages Potential Applicants for Food Security Grants to Sign Up for Email Updates
May 20, 2020: DATCP Interim Secretary Applauds Gov. Evers' Action to Fund COVID-19 Response
May 20, 2020: Gov. Evers Goes All In for Agriculture with $50 Million in Relief for Wisconsin Farmers, $15 Million Food Security Initiative
For more information about the Food Security Initiative, please email DATCPFoodSecurityInitiative@wisconsin.gov.