King County Council has allocated a portion of the County’s CARES Act funding to support segments of the County agricultural community. One of the program components is focused on reimbursing individual farm businesses for losses related to COVID-19. King County is now accepting applications for reimbursement through the program via the online portal. King County will also accept applications via email or surface mail and have provided applications in both Spanish and Hmong; other languages may be supported on a case-by-case basis.
General Program Guidelines
King County will issue reimbursement grants to successful applicants for COVID-19 expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and the date of the grant application. They would like to receive applications by October 15, 2020, although applications received after that date will be accepted, pending availability of funds. Reimbursements will initially be limited to a maximum of $1,000, but requests for larger reimbursement amounts will be considered.
Applicants must meet each of the following program eligibility criteria:
- Farm will have commercial operations in 2020
- Farm will operate under current and future COVID-19 safety guidelines as developed by County and State health agencies.
- Have or expect to experience financial loss due to COVID-19
Unanticipated expenses incurred as a result of the need to meet public health COVID-19 guidelines that are not covered by other County, State or Federal reimbursement programs are eligible for reimbursement. Eligible expenses include purchase of PPE, purchase and construction of employee and customer safety infrastructure (e.g., farm stand upgrades), purchase of supplies needed to adapt to changes in farm operation (e.g., disposable bags for u-pick operations, additional boxes for CSA expansions). Applicants chosen to receive an award will be required to provide invoices or proof of payment as part of the disbursement process. These funds are intended to support farm businesses that will continue operations.
How to Apply
Farm operators can apply for a grant in one of the following ways (one application for each farm business):
- Use the online form on the project website. If assistance is required to complete the form, applicants should call 206-477-3876; an interpreter can be provided if needed.
- Farm operators may also print out a language-appropriate translation of the application, fill it out (in the same language as the form), and submit it in one of two ways:
- Send the completed form by U.S. Mail, FedEx, or UPS to:
Agricultural Assistance Program
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
201 S Jackson Street, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98104
- Scan the completed form and email it to email@example.com.
- Send the completed form by U.S. Mail, FedEx, or UPS to:
- Once King County receives the application, they will generate a grant agreement and will work with the farm operator to submit an invoice for reimbursement. All funds must be distributed by December 30.
“Ready to Sell” Small Farm E-Commerce Program – King County
Muaj Daim Ntawv Thov Kev Pab Muag Lawm – King County
Applications Due: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 – before 5:00pm PST
TXOG CAIJ HNUB KAWG THOV KEV PAB: Lub Kaum Hli Ntuj Tim 7, 2020 5:00 PM PST
Program Cost: FREE
Program Raug Nqi: Pub dawb
Farmers located in King County who are seeking to develop tools and strategies to effectively use e-commerce platforms to sell their products are encouraged to apply. The program will run from October to November, and will consist of a mix of on-demand video content, live questions and answers with other farmers who are experienced users of e-commerce platforms, and mentorship and support from other farmers and the platforms themselves.
What they are providing:
- One year of fully-funded basic-level membership on either Barn2Door, Local Line, or Local Food Marketplace. Farms are welcome to participate in the program without using one of the platforms if they are just interested in receiving the educational components of the program.
- Three modules of tailored content, which will include on-demand video presentations (watchable at your convenience during the given program weeks) and live question and answer sessions with farmers who have deep e-commerce experience.
- Mentor sessions with farmers and platforms.
- Translation and additional language and content support for Hmong-language participants.
For General Questions and Support – Contact Henry Wong (firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-324-4330x145 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri)
Rau kev txhawb nqa hmoob – Sib cuag Cynthia Yongvang:
- Email: email@example.com
- Xov tooj: 206-651-5480 9am-5pm Monday-Friday
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Peb npaj dab tsi:
- Npaj pab nyiaj kom txwm nkaus ib lub xyoos Barn2Door, Local Line, los sis Local Food Marketplace
- Peb yam qauv ntsiab lus uas yuav tau muab tso rau hauv cov vis dis qaus uas siv nthuav qhia (saib rau thaum koj khoom) thiab mus qhov pom kiag thiab saib tau kiag qhov muaj lus nug thiab lus teb nrog lwm cov neeg ua qoob loo nrog rau cov paub siv e-commerce
- Muaj tshooj sib qhia nrog cov neeg ua qoob loo thiab tej ntaub ntawv ub no
- Muaj kev txhais lus thiab lwm yam ntaub ntawv pab txhawb ua lus Hmoob rau cov neeg Hmoob