On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) became public law (P.L. 117-2) to assist the states and territories recover and rebuild their economies due to the effects of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Honorable Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero, Governor of Guam, signed Executive Order 2021-22 that directed and provided funding toward the establishment of economic recovery and assistance program s that provide financial assistance to support the aquaculture and agriculture industries of Guam.
PROGRAM OBJECTIVEThe GEDA Guam Commercial Farmers Grant Program (CFGP) is intended to provide eligible bona fide commercial farmers with direct financial assistance to support economic recovery efforts and expansion of commercial production.
ELIGIBILITYApplicants must demonstrate the following:
- Possession of a current bona fide farmer's certification from the Guam Department of Agriculture; and
- A minimum $10,000 in commercial sales for 2019, 2020, or 2021
DEFINITION"Guam bona fide farmer" shall mean a person registered with the Guam Department of Agriculture who commercially grows for profit fruits, vegetables, commercial crops, ornamentals, livestock, including aquaculture and/or similar products, who furnishes financial records that substantiate a claim to the Department's satisfaction who is:
- A U.S. citizen, a permanent resident alien or who has been a resident of Guam for the immediately preceding five (5) years; or
- A Corporation or partnership licensed to do business in Guam
APPLICATION PERIODApplications will be accepted via email beginning day of launch for 30 calendar days, and is subject to availability of funds.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTATIONApplicants must submit the following to be considered:
- Current bona fide farmers certificate/license from the Guam Department of Agriculture
- Proof of commercial sales with one of the following:
- 2019, 2020, or 2021 Schedule F (Form 1040) - Profit and Loss from Farming
- 2019, 2020, or 2021 Schedule C (Form 1040) - Profit and Loss from Business
- 2019, 2020, or 2021 Sales records from Farmers Cooperative Association of Guam (FCAG) or other large purchaser/vendor certified by FCAG
- Completed and signed self-certification
- Completed and signed grant application
ALLOWABLE USE OF FUNDSThe following is a general guide on allowable costs:
- Farm equipment purchase
- Replacement/expansion of major farm fixture
- Innovation-marketing initiative, on-farm demonstration, field trial
CALCULATION OF AWARD AMOUNTMaximum grant award is based on applicant's total commercial sales for 2019 or 2020 under the following brackets:
- $2,000: Commercial sales greater than or equal to $10,000 and less than $20,000
- $4,000: Commercial sales greater than or equal to $20,000 and less than $30,000
- $6,000: Commercial sales greater than or equal to $30,000 and less than $40,000
- $8,000: Commercial sales greater than or equal to $40,000 and less than $50,000
- $15,000: Commercial sales greater than or equal to $50,000
RECONSIDERATIONApplicants who have had their applications deemed ineligible may seek reconsideration based on the following:
- Applicants must submit a written request for reconsideration addressed to the GEDA CEO/Administrator no more than ten (10) working days after GEDA sends the grant ineligibility notice detailing the reasoning for reconsideration.
- The GEDA grant review committee will access the application and supporting documents and make recommendation to CEO/Administrator for disposition.
- Notice of application disposition by GEDA CEO/Administrator shall be provided to applicant no later than ten (10) working days from said action. Applications that have been reconsidered and approved for grant funding will be provided to DOA for check issuance based on availability of funds.
- Reconsiderations will be processed on a first come first served basis and are subject to the availability of funds.