At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, ASAP launched the Appalachian Grown Farmer Relief Fund in order to provide quick help to farmers through immediate needs grants and other support. In August 2021, in the wake of Tropical Storm Fred, we expanded the scope of this fund in order to provide emergency relief to farmers with significant loss due to natural disasters and other declared emergencies.
Farmers may apply for up to $500 to cover immediate needs and expenses towards cleaning, replanting, repairing, or other costs not covered through insurance or other available programs that will allow the farm to quickly respond or recover. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
At this time, the grant is available only to farms dealing with a disaster that has been officially declared at the federal, state, or county level. Qualifying farms must be Appalachian Grown certified. Nonprofits are not eligible at this time. Priority will be given to farmers who 1) face a significant loss due to flooding or other natural disaster; 2) depend on the farm business for more than 50 percent of their household income; 3) have limited resources or identify as BIPOC; and 4) will use funds to cover costs not eligible through insurance or other available programs.