DSA COVID Relief Program


The DSA COVID Relief Program will provide assistance to distressed direct farm loan borrowers who received a Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) on their FSA farm loan during the COVID-19 pandemic.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
D - Direct Payments With Unrestricted Use
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Office of the Secretary, Title Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Part VII, Section 751
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Application is not needed as eligibility criteria is made by the Secretary with recipient accounts already known by FSA as they are existing loan customers who previously underwent an extensive application process to originally obtain a loan from FSA.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. For eligible applicants (including intermediate levels), identified under the Applicant Eligibility section, what are the basic procedural steps required by the Federal agency in the application process, beginning with the lowest level and ending eventually with the Federal government? Do any of the 2 CFR 200 uniform guidance apply? Are there any Other Application Procedures?
Award Procedure
Payments will be applied to accounts by FSA staff.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Farm loan borrowers will be notified of payment eligibility status and be provided with appeal rights.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Funds will be used to assist financially at-risk farm loan direct borrowers who received a DSA during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
This program is subject to 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. As required in 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart F Audit Requirements, all U.S. states, local governments, Federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, and non-profit organizations expending $750,000 USD or more in Federal award funds in a fiscal year must submit a Single Audit report for that year through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse's Internet Data Entry System.
In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, ? 200.334 Retention requirements for records, award recipients shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least three (3) years. Records must be retained beyond the three (3) year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved. 2 CFR 200 Subpart D applies to this program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 Part VII Subpart 751 Public Law 116-260

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is available for those who had an outstanding balance on a DSA installment as of September 30, 2022 where the DSA was received between March 13, 2020 and September 30, 2022. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
For a list of FSA State offices with telephone numbers and addresses, information is available on the internet, visit FSA website at: www.fsa.usda.gov to locate nearest office.
Headquarters Office
Carolyn Estrada
1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20250 USA
Phone: (202) 690-1560
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $57,770,678.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.


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