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The Working Lands Story

Various people working in enterprises supported by the program

Working lands entrepreneurs are at the heart of Vermont’s landscape. They are the backbone of the Vermont economy, a top source for job creation, and an integral part of what makes Vermont a quality place to live. The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI) supports innovative entrepreneurs at the forefront of Vermont’s Working Lands economy through technical and financial assistance to help growing businesses thrive. The program is made possible through the support of the state legislature, multiple state organizations and public/private donors.

Explore the history and mission of WLEI, program impact, and projects that have been funded by the program.

Funding Opportunities and Resources

Various working lands enterprises

The Working Lands Enterprise Fund supports grants and contracts that have ranged from $5,000 to $250,000. These dollars support enterprises and service providers across the farm, forest, and food sectors in Vermont. 

Find out what Working Lands Funding Opportunities are and what they can do for you.

Ten Years of Working Lands!

We celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the program this summer!  Check out the video!