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Funding Opportunities Overview

Working Lands Funding Opportunity Cycle

The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI) offers funding opportunities to a variety of business structures encompassing forest, farm, and food enterprises. These include producer associations, farms, food cooperatives, business assistance provider organizations and more. The amount of funds available is determined each year through the state's annual budget cycle. The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) meets each summer to decide which funding opportunities to offer for the coming year based on available funds and needs across Vermont.

July: State of Vermont Legislature and the Governor pass the state budget and approve appropriation to the Working Land Enterprise Fund (WLEF) for upcoming fiscal year. 

June-August: WLEB convenes their annual symposium to strategize funding prioritization. 

August-September: Agency staff conduct outreach and webinars to provide guidance on the upcoming application process.  

September-November: Request for Applications (RFAs) and Request for Proposals (RFPs) open and are typically posted 3-5 weeks prior to application deadline. A group of subject matter experts and thought partners carefully review each completed application and provide a slate of recommendations to the WLEB.  

November-April: WLEB makes final award decisions. Applicants are notified by email in the order that RFAs were released and closed. Unsuccessful applicants receive feedback from the WLEB on their applications. 

December-May:  Agency staff work with awardees to finalize grant or contract agreements for awarded projects. 

Working Lands Funding Opportunities

The following grants were available in FY 2023 but are now closed for applications. Please note the same funding opportunities may not be available each year, depending on funding availability and Working Lands Enterprise Board decisions. Check back in summer 2023 for the next round of funding opportunities!

General Business and Applicant Resources