The Vermont State Legislature appropriated $8.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds via bills S.351, H.966 and H.961 (now Act 120) for Agriculture and Working Lands Assistance which were signed by Governor Scott on June 30 and July 2, 2020. Of these funds, $5 million was designated to Agricultural Producer and Processor Assistance, for farmers, meat and poultry processors, slaughterhouses, and farmers markets; $2.5 million was appropriated to the Working Lands Enterprise Fund for agricultural, food and forest, and wood product industries; and $1 million was appropriated for the COVID-19 Working Lands Program for agriculture, food, and market businesses. Coronavirus Relief Fund appropriations also included $5 million to Forests, Parks and Recreation for a Forest Economy Stabilization Grant Program.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will administer Agriculture and Working Lands Assistance grants in partnership with Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) and the Working Lands Enterprise Fund. All compensable losses and costs must have been incurred since March 1, 2020 and be related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Application details are currently under development, but we expect that all applicants will need to apply by October 1, 2020, and all funds will be disbursed by December 20, 2020.
The application for these funds is under development and will be available soon. Please check this page for updates, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter to be notified when the application is open. In the meantime, we encourage potential applicants to complete a W-9 form and to gather documentation of losses and costs incurred since March 1, 2020 that are related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grants
The Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and the Vermont Department of Taxes are administering Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grants to other sectors of Vermont’s economy. Please research your grant options carefully before applying, as businesses are only eligible for one state grant funded by Coronavirus Relief Funds.