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2020 COVID-19 Response Business Development Grant

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.

Addison 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.

Caledonia County

Snug Valley Farm

$25,000 to increase home delivery and product distribution capabilities.

Chittenden County

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.

Rutland County

Squier Family Farm, LLC

$14,739 to convert an old milking barn to a self-serve farmstand.

Orange County

Fat Toad Farm

$11,438 to increase online sales and website traffic.

Silloway Maple

$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.

Orleans County

Cate Hill Orchard

$14,190 to assist in their transition to a year-round sheep dairy and increase skyr production.

Stannard Farm

$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.

Washington County

Tamarack Hollow Farm

$15,823 to increase production of baby greens, supplied to wholesale markets.

Windham County

Parish Hill Creamery

$21,175 for the purchase of new equipment and assistance with updating their website and market plan.

Windsor County

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.