In 2012, the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI) was signed into law. The Initiative supports, grows, and sustains Vermont’s entrepreneurs by providing technical and financial assistance to help Working Lands businesses innovate and grow.
Program Overview to Date
● Funded 184 Agriculture and Forestry Projects
● Distributed Over $5.3 Million in Working Lands Funds
● Leveraged $8.6 Million in Matching Funds
● Impacted all 14 Vermont Counties
The Initiative also works with the Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) and the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) to provide zero or low-interest loan programs to Working Lands entrepreneurs.
The grant money and loan programs directly impact businesses and service providers by helping to create jobs, build infrastructure, provide technical aid, and promote growth. The program also protects Vermont’s greatest natural resource: its land.
The Working Lands Enterprise Board looks forward to continuing to invest in and support the agriculture and forestry industries in Vermont.