Grant Opportunities

The Working Lands Enterprise Board announces the availability of $1 million in grant funds for investment into farm, food systems, forestry, and forest products enterprises.

Working Lands funds are available in the form of three grant opportunities:

 

I. Working Lands Enterprise Investments
II. Service Provider Grants
III. Capital and Infrastructure Investments

 

I. Working Lands Enterprise Investments - Apply Now

Full Applications due: 11/19/14

Applicant notification: February 2015

Grant Agreements in place no earlier than: 3/27/15

($3,000-$20,000 grants, Required Minimum 25% cash match of grant amount requested, No FY 13 Grant Recipients)

Grants are available to Vermont agriculture, food systems, forestry and/or forest products enterprises involved in the production of agriculture and/or forest related products.  Investment areas may include infrastructure, marketing, market development, business development and technical assistance to meet a need not already filled by existing programs.  Primary applicant must be headquartered in Vermont. 

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II. Working Lands Service Provider Grants - NOW CLOSED

Letter of Intent due: 11/12/14

LOI notification: Late January 2015

Full Applications due: 02/27/15

Applicant notification: Late April 2015

Grant Agreements in place no earlier than: 05/19/15

($10,000 - $150,000 grants, Required Minimum 50% cash and in-kind match of grant amount requested)

Agriculture, food systems, forestry & forest products service provider grants are available to Vermont non-profit organizations, associations, educational institutions, private sector or partnership groups, or other entities that provide services to agricultural and/or forestry & forest products enterprises. Grants are available for service providers to provide technical assistance.

 

III. Capital and Infrastructure Investments - NOW CLOSED

Letter of Intent due: 10/29/14

LOI notification: December 2014

Full Applications due: 01/30/15

Applicant notification: Late March 2015

Grant Agreements in place no earlier than: 04/13/15

($15,000 - $75,000 grants, Required Minimum 1:1 Match (in-kind and at least 50% cash) of grant amount requested)

Capital and Infrastructure Investment grants are available to Vermont agricultural and/or forestry & forest products based businesses for capital investments that will increase operational capacity and have an impact beyond their immediate business or organization.  Eligible activities include, but are not limited to: specialized personnel, access to land (acquisition or easements); building and equipment costs (e.g., processing, storage, distribution); long-term working capital, information technology; farm or forest based renewable energy business expansion; and other collaborative ventures that build capacity within the supply chain, open new markets, and/or create a replicable, innovative model.