Grant Opportunities

2019 Working Lands Grant Opportunities

The next funding opportunity for the Working Lands Enterpise Initiative will open in the Fall of 2019, for Fiscal Year 2020 projects.

For the current fiscal year, the Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) has decided to allocate additional funds for Industry Impact Grants, up to $150,000 each, for low grade wood or dairy projects that propose significant value chain improvements. The lower tier for Business Grants has increased to $25,000 or less, vs. $20,000 or less, as in previous years.

In the current fiscal year, WLEB has awarded grant funds in the following category ranges:

Service Provider Grant Funding Total: $79,908
Business Grant Funding Total: $633,210
Trade Show Assistance Grants: $30,000

FY20 Service Provider Grants

  • Request for Applications Release: September 3, 2019, at 12:00 PM/noon
  • Letter of Intent (LOI)/Pre-application Period Begins: September 10, 2019
  • LOIs/Pre-applications Due: September 29, 2019
  • Applicant Notification of LOI Acceptance/Denial: End of October 2019
  • Invited Applications Due: December 15, 2019
  • Award Notification: Early February 2020
  • Estimated Project Start Date: March 2020

FY20 Business Grants

  • Request for Applications Release: October 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM/noon
  • Letter of Intent (LOI)/Pre-application Period Begins: October 8, 2019
  • LOIs/Pre-applications Due: November 3, 2019
  • Applicant Notification of LOI Acceptance/Denial: Late December 2019
  • Invited Full Applications Due: January 26, 2020
  • Award Notification: Early March 2020
  • Estimated Project Start Date: April 2020

Links to Statewide Strategic Plans

(useful for the Impact Section of the Full Application)

Contact Information

Working Lands Enterprise Initiative
116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620
(802) 622-4477
Email Working Lands Staff