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Transportation Assistance

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The Food Security and Farmworker Safety Transportation Assistance Program provides financial reimbursement for increased cost associated with employer-provided worker transportation to ensure appropriate physical distancing during travel. For example, the OR-OSHA temporary rule requires face masks in employer-provided transportation, and at least 3 feet of space between passengers. As a result, modifications such as additional trips or larger vehicles may be required to provide transportation to the work site.

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for grant funds under the program, an applicant must be:

  1. An agricultural producer to which OR-OSHA temporary rule 437-001-0749 applies. An agricultural producer includes an person who leases, rents, manages as a full service management company, or owns Oregon land, whether the land is publicly-owner, privately-owned, or Tribal land, on which crops are cultivated; and
  2. Registered to do business and in good standing with the Oregon Secretary of State.

Eligible Costs

Use of private vehicle will be eligible for assistance up to the state mileage rate (dependent upon demand and availability of funds), based on receipts noting mileage and travel logs. Vehicle rental and contracted transportation services may also be eligible when accompanied by a receipt and short description of need.

How and When to Apply

Step 1: Initial Application

Applications will be accepted beginning June 10, 2020 along with application for Housing or Sanitation Assistance. The financial assistance application can be submitted via email to FSFSapplication@oregon.gov or via fax to (503) 986-0199. If you are unable to access the application online, please call 503-986-0058 to request that an application be faxed to you. Reimbursement will be available for eligible transportation costs incurred on or after June 1, 2020.

At the time of application, producers anticipating the need for transportation assistance should be prepared to provide the following information/documentation with their application:

  • Anticipated monthly mileage
  • Anticipated duration of need

Step 2: Request for Documented Transportation Reimbursement

Throughout the 2020 agricultural harvest season, producers anticipating the need for transportation assistance will need to maintain a mileage log and/or receipts for any vehicle rentals and/or contracted transportation need. Producers must document increased transportation provided to workers to comply with OR-OSHA’s temporary rules between June 1, 2020 and October 25, 2020. Additional information is available in the full application.

Producers can submit their one-time request for assistance as soon as their transportation needs for the season have been met. Requests should include complete mileage form and any receipts for vehicle rental and/or contracted transportation services for the season (between June 1, 2020 and October 25, 2020) to FSFSapplication@oregon.gov. Requests for transportation assistance will be processed at the conclusion of the program, and payments will be calculated based on demand and available funding. Requests for transportation assistance must be received by 5:00 pm November 16, 2020.

Application If you are applying for Housing and/or Field Sanitation assistance along with Transportation, please fill out only one application.

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