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Meat Slaughter and Processing Development Grants

Meat Slaughter and Processing Development Grants are currently closed for applications. Check back in fall 2022 for the next round of funding!

Grant Overview

  • Award amounts $50,000 - $100,000
  • Project focus areas:
    • Business growth
      • Larger facility to increase production, processing and/or distribution, address known existing bottlenecks;
      • Market development: developing marketing plans and/or sales strategies;
      • Equipment infrastructure;
      • Research and development;
      • Operations logistics;
      • Growth strategy: new or expansion of current efforts, expanding consumer outreach and/or expansion of existing marketing strategy
    • Workforce training to benefit the broader industry
      • On the job training or apprenticeship opportunities;
      • HCAAP (food safety) plans and implementation;
      • Inventory, procurement, and pricing management;
      • Basic meat cutting and cured meat operation, cut and wrap for case-ready products, value-added processing;
      • Product development, sales, and marketing skills training;
      • Local Meat Processing: farmer to processor to buyer, direct to eater market, etc.


  • All enterprises must be based in Vermont and registered with the Secretary of State
  • All organizational structures are eligible:
    • Sole proprietorships
    • Partnerships
    • Limited Liability Corporations
    • Cooperatives
    • Non-profits involved in the support of the production of agriculture and/or forest products
  • Applicants must be in compliance with all state regulations (i.e. water quality, taxes) and in good standing with the State of Vermont
  • Previous recipients of Working Lands Business Grants under $20,000 are eligible to re-apply this year. Previous recipients of Business Grants $20,000 and above are eligible to re-apply three years after receiving their previous grant.

How to Apply

  1. Review the full Request for Applications for the complete details on eligible projects/applicants and the full application process.
  2. Register in WebGrants (may take up to two business days).
  3. Complete your application in WebGrants using our Application Guide by November 1, 2021.

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • September 10, 2021: Request for Applications (RFA) released
  • September 21, 2021: Application Opens for Submission
  • November 1, 2021: Application Deadline
  • Early January 2022: Applicants notified of funding decisions
  • Late January 2022: Grantee documentation due
  • February 2022: Estimated Project Start Date

Helpful Links

Program Contact

Lynn Ellen Schimoler
(802) 622-4477

WebGrants Technical Assistance

Diana Ferguson
(802) 622-4094