Farm Labor Stabilization and Protection Pilot Grant Program


USDA is offering a new grant program focused on addressing labor shortages in agriculture, reducing irregular migration through expansion of legal pathways, and improving labor protections for farmworkers in order to improve the resiliency of our food and agricultural supply chain.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
American Rescue Plan Act, Section 1001
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligibility for this competitive grant program is limited to domestic agricultural employers. The Notice of Funding Opportunity will outline additional applicant eligibility requirements.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Farmer/rancher/Agriculture Producer/agricultural employer
Each applicant (unless excepted under 2 CFR ? 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR ? 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in before submitting its application; (ii) Provide a valid UEI number in its application; and (iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. It also must state that the Federal awarding agency may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable UEI and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant. Applicant entities identified in the exclusions database as ineligible, prohibited/restricted, or excluded from receiving Federal contracts and certain Federal assistance and benefits will not be considered for Federal funding, as applicable to the funding being requested under this Federal program (2 CFR 200.206(d)). Applicants must also furnish the information required in the Notices of Funding Opportunities (NFO) associated with this assistance listing and published on 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The agency only accepts electronic applications submitted via in response to specific NFOs. Applicants must complete the registration process. For information about the pre-award phase of the grant lifecycle application processes see: Refer to specific NFOs posted on (opens in new window)(opens in new window) for additional application procedures.
Award Procedure
The agency will conduct merit and risk reviews for all applications submitted in accordance with the NFO and will provide recommendations to the selection official. The selection official will make final award determinations. The agency reserves the option to negotiate with applicants tentatively selected for award but may issue awards without negotiations. The agency will provide award documents to selected applicants for execution, including a Notice of Grant and Agreement Award (ADS-093). When fully executed, the ADS-93 and attachments will constitute the final award.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
NOFO will provide information about appeals.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The agency will delineate selection criteria in the NOFO posted on
How may assistance be used?
Except as otherwise indicated in specific Notices of Funding Opportunities under the program, assistance funds may be used for project costs in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E – Cost Principles.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503
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 is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funding for this program is not cyclical. Funding opportunities will be announced as funding is available and as agency priorities dictate. Funds are primarily available through the American Rescue Plan Act.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Linda Cronin
1400 Independence Ave., SW, Stop 0511
Washington, DC 20250 USA
Phone: (202) 690-1700
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22 FY 23 FY 24 est $65,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The maximum award amount is $2,000,000 and the minimum amount is $20,000 per agreement.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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