Delaware Announces Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program
The state of Delaware has recently announced the launch of the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program. This program aims to provide financial assistance and support to seafood processors in Delaware who have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The seafood industry plays a crucial role in the economic growth and sustainability of Delaware. However, the pandemic has had a significant impact on seafood processors, forcing many to close their doors or operate at reduced capacity. This has resulted in financial hardships for these businesses and their employees.
In response to these challenges, Delaware Governor John Carney has allocated funds to establish the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to help seafood processors recover and resume their operations in a safe and sustainable manner.
Under the grant program, eligible seafood processors can apply for financial assistance to cover various expenses related to pandemic response and safety measures. This includes the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitation supplies, and equipment necessary to comply with social distancing guidelines. It also covers expenses related to modifying facilities and implementing new protocols to ensure the safety of employees and customers.
The grant program will be administered by the Delaware Division of Small Business in collaboration with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). These agencies will review applications, assess eligibility criteria, and distribute funds accordingly.
To be eligible for the grant, seafood processors must be located in Delaware and have been in operation on or before January 1, 2020. Priority will be given to businesses that have experienced significant financial losses due to the pandemic and have not received prior assistance from federal relief programs.
The launch of the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program demonstrates the state’s commitment to supporting the seafood industry and ensuring its long-term viability. By providing financial assistance and resources, Delaware aims to help these businesses recover and adapt to the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Seafood processors in Delaware who are interested in applying for the grant can find more information and access the application on the Delaware Division of Small Business website. The deadline for applications is [deadline date], and funds will be distributed on a rolling basis as applications are reviewed and approved.
This grant program is just one of the many initiatives undertaken by the state of Delaware to support businesses and individuals affected by the pandemic. It showcases the state government’s proactive approach and commitment to the economic recovery and wellbeing of its residents.