The Working Lands Enterprise Board announces the availability of $40,000 in grant funds for investment into VT poultry processing projects. The poultry processing funds are the proceeds from the sale of the state owned mobile poultry processing unit to be reinvested in VT’s poultry processing sector. Applications received must be for the construction of a mobile or fixed, commercially inspected (state or federal) poultry slaughter and/or processing facility. With strong justification, a mobile facility operating under the 20,000 bird exemption would be considered.
The poultry processing grant funds are administered by the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, and is the first of four grant areas to be released in FY 2014. An additional $1.215 million in available funds will be announced later this month.
The Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board is an impact investment organization whose mission is to grow the economies, cultures, and communities of Vermont's working landscape by making essential, catalytic investments in critical leverage points of the Vermont farm and forest economy, from individual enterprises to industry sectors.
WLEB began operations in August, 2012 and in the fiscal 2013 budget year it awarded over $1 million in grant funds. At least $750,000 in outside funds are being leveraged as a result of these projects:
• Twenty Enterprise Investment Recipients, 14 grants in agriculture and six in forestry were awarded, totaling $220,000. The Enterprise Investment Area included grants ranging from $3,000-$15,000 to new and growing agriculture and/or forestry based enterprises.
• Eight Service Provider Grant Recipients, Six grants in agriculture and two in forestry were awarded, totaling $369,802.
• Eight Capital & Infrastructure Investment Recipients, four enterprises in each of agriculture and forestry - eight projects total - were awarded $411,522.
To access the Poultry Processing Request for Proposals and the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Website, visit VermontWorkingLands.com.
About the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets: VAAFM facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment. Visit www.VermontAgriculture.com