2020 COVID-19 RESPONSE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT GRANT
COVID-19 Response Business Development Grant Recipients
In response to the ongoing urgent needs arising from COVID-19 challenges to Vermont’s Working Lands businesses, the Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) awarded 16 businesses over $250,000 in COVID-19 Response Business Development Grants within the sectors of agriculture and forestry.
Business Investment Grantees
Shown below according to county.
Champlain Valley Creamery
$5,300 for product line expansion and developing marketing strategies.
Maple Landmark, Inc.
$12,807 for production improvements for efficiency and flexibility.
Snug Valley Farm
$25,000 to increase home delivery and product distribution capabilities.
Maple Wind Farm
$20,000 to expand their poultry processing capacity by increasing processing plant equipment.
Vermont Farm Table
$10,000 for expanding the local supply chain and collaborations with local forestry operations.
Squier Family Farm, LLC
$14,739 to convert an old milking barn to a self-serve farmstand.
Fat Toad Farm
$11,438 to increase online sales and website traffic.
$16,000 for expanding their online markets and increasing their capacity for on-site agrotourism.
The Royal Butcher, LLC
$20,000 for investments into equipment that will increase production and capacity.
Cate Hill Orchard
$14,190 to assist in their transition to a year-round sheep dairy and increase skyr production.
$9,589 for upgrading machinery and purchasing personal protective equipment for employees.
Cellars at Jasper Hill
$25,000 for the purchase of equipment for exact weight cheese wedge production.
Tamarack Hollow Farm
$15,823 to increase production of baby greens, supplied to wholesale markets.
Parish Hill Creamery
$21,175 for the purchase of new equipment and assistance with updating their website and market plan.
Sheehan and Sons Lumber
$25,000 to expand pallet production line.
Thistle Hill Farm, LLC
$5,000 for the purchase of a croyvac machine that will assist in increasing their online direct-to-consumer sales. They will also be upgrading their online purchasing interface to make it more accessible to customers.