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Producer Association Development Grants

Grant Overview

Award amounts $10,000 - $20,000

Vermont-based nonprofit producer association groups that represent and promote Vermont agriculture, food, beverage, forest, or fiber products are welcome to apply for:

  • Market development, marketing plans, and sales
    • Ability to identify appropriate markets, brand and sell products, value proposition, product differentiation, market research, including research and design;
  • Leadership and organizational development: business structure, business technical assistance, onboarding and/or transitions for new executive directors and post succession;
  • Governance: Board training and capacity, building/refreshing by-laws, committee work, strategic planning process activities
  • Business research and development; business and financial planning

    Eligibility

    • 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
    LynnEllen.Schimoler@vermont.gov
    (802) 622-4477

    WebGrants Technical Assistance

    Diana Ferguson
    diana.ferguson@vermont.gov
    (802) 622-4094