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
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.
- Download Budget Template
- Download Project Work Plan Template
- Download Goals, Performance Measures, and Outcomes Template
- Download Stage of Business Development Definitions
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.