Grant Opportunities

2020 Working Lands Grant Opportunities

The Fiscal Year 2020 Working Lands Enterprise Initiative funding opportunities open in the Fall of 2019.

For this funding cycle, the Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) will award grant funds in the following category ranges:

Award Range - $5,000 to $20,000

*Includes $500,000 in dairy-focused grants (see information below)

a.  Standard award range - $5,000 to $25,000

b.  Supply Chain Impact award range - $25,000 to $75,000

c.  Market Level Impact award range - $50,000 to $150,000

FY20 Service Provider Grants

Please check back for the Working Lands Enterprise Service Provider funding opportunity for Fiscal Year 2021, in August of 2020.

FY20 Business Grants

Please check back for the Working Lands Enterprise Business Grant funding opportunity for Fiscal Year 2021, in August of 2020.

*Dairy-Focused Funds

For this grant round, Working Lands has $500,000 to specifically target projects from dairy farm applicants. This funding will be allocated across business grant categories, and projects from $5,000 - $150,000 are eligible. The WLEB has interpreted this legislative mandate by outlining the following eligible activity areas:

  1.  Value added dairy production – transition into this as a new processor or expansion as an existing processor
  2.  Diversification – new or expansion of existing diversification opportunities (e.g., maple, grass-fed beef, agritourism opportunities)
  3.  Innovative solutions to soil health and water quality

a.  Proposals in this category should not otherwise be eligible for NRCS or VAAFM water quality program funding

 4.  Other changes or diversification, new or expansion:

a.  change to milk a different species – goat/sheep;

b.  switch to intensive grazing;

c.  building direct to consumer markets (including marketing/brand development);

The WLEB will not fund water quality or soil health equipment and infrastructure that is covered under existing programs and funding sources. The WLEB is willing to consider match waivers or lower match requirements for dairy farm applicants. Applicants have an opportunity to explain their reasoning in the application.

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