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. Applicant Information Sessions are scheduled for October 7th, 9th, and 14th.

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 - Application Period Closed

($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 REQUEST FOR PROPSAL: ENTERPRISE INVESTMENTS

 

II. Working Lands Service Provider Grants - Application Period Closed

($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.

DOWNLOAD LETTER OF INTENT: SERVICE PROVIDERS

 

III. Capital and Infrastructure Investments - Application Period Closed

($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. 

DOWNLOAD LETTER OF INTENT: CAPITAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS