Botetourt County Supervisors approve COVID-19 grant program for local farmers

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DALEVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – Farmers in Botetourt County could be getting some financial assistance, courtesy of a new grant program.

The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors approved the “Botetourt County COVID-19 Farm Operation Grant Program” at their regular meeting this past Tuesday.

Grants will be awarded for up to $5,000 per farm operation that is primarily based in Botetourt County.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every part of our society, and our local farms have felt that impact, too. As a County with a strong agricultural heritage, I am proud that the Board is able to support our farmers in this time of need.”

Dr. Richard Bailey, Botetourt County Board of Supervisors

Funds have been allocated from the CARES Act to provide grants to small businesses “affected y decreased customer demand as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency,” according to a guidance memo to the county by the U.S. Treasury.

Many Botetourt County-based farm operations have been seeking federal assistance through the Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). The local office of the FSA has processed approximately 150 Botetourt County grant applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

The deadline to apply for these grants is Friday, Sept. 11.

A link to the application can be found at bocoecondev.info.

If you have questions regarding the application, email kmcfadyen@botetourtva.gov or call (540) 928-2140.

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