FY18 WLEB Service Provider Investments

Service Provider Investment Recipients

Service Provider grants were available to technical assistance providers across the state and ranged from $5,000- $20,000.  The board received 13 letters of intent with $191,451 in total requested funds. Seven project grants totaling $104,421 were awarded to six agriculture and one forestry-related projects.  The service provider grantees leveraged an additional $194,079 in matching funds, with a median match of $19,675 per service provider.

Chittenden County

  • Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), Richmond | $19,525 for Vermont Organic Dairy: Improving Farm Efficiencies and Cash Flow in a Stagnant Milk Market
  • Vermont Grass Farmers Association, Burlington | $11,337 for Education and Marketing Program Development Supporting Grass-Fed Livestock Production
  • Intervale Center, Burlington | $18,659 for Direct Service to New Farmers in Vermont, Burlington

Orleans County

  • Dairy Vison Vermont, Craftsbury | $5,000 for Dairy Vison Vermont Service Provider Grant

Washington County

  • Vermont Maple Sugar Makers' Association, Watebury | $9,900 for Food Safety in the Sugarhouse: Creating Additional Resources for Sugar Makers

Windsor County

  • Vital Communities, White River Junction | $20,000 for Upper Valley Farmer Cooperative

Rutland County

  • Vermont Woodworks Council, Rutland | $20,000 for Strengthening Vermont's Wood Manufacturing Industry


Service Provider Pilot Contracts (Statewide Impact)

Washington County

  • VT Housing and Conservation Board, Montpelier | $130,000 for Succession Planning and Business Assistance for Working Lands Businesses, Montpelier
  • VT Sustainable Jobs Fund, Montpelier | $70,000 for Vermont Forest Products Value Chain Investment Strategy Phase II – A Networked Approach to Sustain our Forest Economy, Montpelier

Concord, NH

  • Northern Forest Center | $50,000 for Connecing Businesses to Resources, Assisting with Strategic Planning, Providing Technical Assistance with Research and Design