Funding Allocation Summary:
The program has been allocated an operating budget of $92,500,000.
The Government of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Housing Department (PRDOH) are proud to announce the launch of the Re-grow PR Urban-Rural Agriculture Program.
The Program will develop greater agricultural capacity and meet the needs created by Hurricanes Irma and Maria through substantial investment of CDBG-DR funds in a wide variety of viable and sustainable agricultural activities.
PRDOH realizes that small and medium agricultural businesses need both monetary aid as well as access to essential services and resources. PRDOH will work with the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust (PRSTRT) as a Subrecipient, who will be responsible to disburse grants and provide technical assistance to small and medium agricultural businesses, for more information, press here.
Grants to small and medium agricultural businesses will be administered through PRSTRT and disbursed directly to eligible applicants for eligible program costs. Applicants must complete an online application including submission of all required information and documentation.
In addition to providing grants, the Program will provide a wide range of technical assistance activities throughout the agricultural sector, giving farmers access to essential services and resources. Technical assistance aims to build additional capacity in organizations and agencies that strengthen the size of the agricultural sector in Puerto Rico’s economy.
Entities eligible to apply for and receive grant awards and technical assistance through the Program will be small and medium agricultural businesses. Eligible small and medium agricultural businesses must meet the USDA threshold of under $350,000 In gross cash Income and be engaged in “Farming Operations” as defined at 7 C.F.R. §1400.3.
Furthermore, these small and medium agricultural businesses eligible for the program can include:
- Small and medium agribusinesses that support the activities and production of small farm and farmers.
- Small and medium food producers, manufacturers, distributors, or suppliers engaged in local food production or distribution.
- Community based organizations involved in food production or distribution.
- Agricultural microenterprises (5 employees or less).
In September 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria produced sustained winds and heavy rains that decimated agricultural production throughout the Isla. These hurricanes caused the loss of eighty percent (80%) island-wide crop value, exacerbating challenges for food security and agricultural business development. The Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture (DA) estimated seven hundred and eighty million dollars ($780 million) in hurricane damage to the economy’s agricultural sector.
Since the Hurricanes affected the whole Island, there is an imperative to bolster and rebuild its agricultural economic sector. Agricultural capacity and strong food systems are fundamental to resiliency of economies and, as Puerto Rico’s entire agriculture sector was devastated by the Hurricanes, this Program is designed to revitalize this industry. The focus on small and medium agricultural businesses further contributes to stabilizing agricultural professions and organizations associated with the hardest hit LMI populations on the Island. The Re-Grow Program is an integral part of the long-term expansion of jobs in the sector, food security and contributing to overall economic recovery of disaster impacted populations.