DERECHO STORM RELIEF GRANTS
IFU is excited to be accepting applications for Derecho Storm Disaster Relief grants. Continue reading below for details on how to apply and submit your application. Similar to our COVID-19 relief grants, this project has been initiated in coordination with Farm Aid.
How Much Money is Awarded?
Successful applicants will receive a one-time $500 emergency relief payment.
What Can the Award be Used For?
Awards are intended as emergency relief for farmers and their families. Use of the funds is restricted to household expenses, such as groceries, home utilities, medical bills, counseling, or other household expenses not directly related to the commercial operation of the farm or ranch. The funds may not be used for any business expense or investment. The IRS guidelines regarding direct assistance to farm families prevent Farm Aid from granting funds to support the farm and its business costs. Your acceptance of this Relief Fund award signifies your understanding and agreement to these use requirements.
How Do I Apply?
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed on a weekly basis until funds run out. Checks will be issued to approved applicants within 5 business days of weekly review meetings.
Applications can be submitted via email to [email protected] or, by mail at Iowa Farmers Union P.O. Box 1883, Ames, IA 50010. We encourage you to submit your application as quickly as possible, using the online form if possible, to ensure funds are still available.
Who Can Apply?
Family farmers who have suffered damage due to the August 10, 2020 derecho storm are eligible to apply. Funds are reserved for farms that have the highest need, as well as farmers who meet other priority criteria. Family farms are defined as those where a substantial portion of family income comes from agricultural production and the family is actively engaged in day-to-day farm management and labor.
Rural residences that obtain a small portion of income from agricultural products are not eligible. Only one grant is allowed per family/farm operation.
For assistance with this application, please contact IFU staff member Deborah Bunka by phone at (515) 451-8492 or email her at [email protected]
IFU / Farm Aid Grants for COVID-19 Relief Program has Ended.
Iowa Farmers Union has been gratified to be of assistance to family farmers whose operations have been negatively affected by COVID-19. With funding from Farm Aid, the CERES trust fund, donors and IFU member donors, we have awarded a total of 97 grants to farm families across Iowa.
KEY CONTACTS FOR NAVIGATING COVID-19 RELIEF
U.S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)
Find your local USDA Service Center: HERE Note that your local Service Center may be in a nearby county.
USDA Information Hotline: For USDA-related questions, please contact (202) 720-2791
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)
SBA Coronavirus Relief Options: HERE
SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center: For help with SBA’s Disaster Loan Assistance website, HERE, contact 1-800-659-2955 or TTY: 1-800877-8339
Lenders for PPP: HERE
SBA EIDL Application: HERE
DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR
Find Your State Unemployment Office: HERE
NON-GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORTFLAG’S GUIDE TO COVID-19 RELIEF: HERE
FARM AID HOTLINE: 1-800-FARM AID or [email protected]