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Vermont Local Food Market Development Grant

Grants to Vermont Food Producers and Facilitators
to Promote Access to Wholesale Markets

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Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM)

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Vermont food producers and facilitators to promote access to wholesale markets. Funding is intended to increase the availability of locally sourced foods in state markets and to eliminate obstacles in the food chain. The grant program encourages local food wholesale market development opportunities with an institutional focus across the state from Vermont farmers, producer groups, and value-chain facilitators.

Proposed projects must improve quality, efficiency, or food safety; address distribution challenges; or mitigate the financial risks associated with scaling up to meet new market demands. Proposals must market access in Vermont institutions, defined as colleges and universities, early childcare and pre-k-12 schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and correctional facilities, and wholesale market access, including grocery stores, independent retail, and food co-ops.

Grants will support:

  • Infrastructure Development: On-farm capital improvements, equipment purchases
  • Technology: Accounting, tracking, and/or sales software, website, or app development
  • Market Access and Development: Innovative solutions to logistics and/or distribution

Proposals that address needs related to Covid-19 are eligible for this funding opportunity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140893

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $2,000 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Project work must be completed, within one year from the time the grant agreement is finalized.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants will be distributed through a competitive application review process to agricultural producers, producer groups, and value-chain facilitators.

To qualify for funding consideration, applicants must either be a Vermont producer or producer group in pursuit of institutional or in-state wholesale market development, or a value-chain facilitator that will directly support Vermont producers’ access to institutional or wholesale market expansion in Vermont.

Ineligible Applications:
- Applications that fail to demonstrate how wholesale market access will be improved.
- Applications for vehicles or land.
- Applicants out of compliance with any federal, state or local laws or regulations.
- Applicants not engaged in commercial agriculture.
- Applicants producing value-added products with less than 51% Vermont grown ingredients.
- Applicants who failed to meet requirements for previous Agency grants and/or assistance programs, or from individuals or groups unable to perform or currently experiencing performance issues with previous Agency grant obligations.
- Applications for already completed projects for which the applicant seeks reimbursement.

Pre-Application Information:

Application closes April 12th, 2020.

All applicants must demonstrate 25% of the total grant award in matching funds.

How to apply:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Program contact:
Trevor Lowell
(802) 585-9186

WebGrants Technical Assistance:
Diana Ferguson
(802) 622-4094

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901

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