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Local Food in Your Community Program

Grants and In-Kind Assistance to Vermont Crop Producers, Farmers'
Markets, and Agencies to Address the Impacts of COVID-19

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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State of Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Deadline Date:

06/30/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 and in-kind assistance to Vermont crop producers, farmers' markets, organizations, municipalities, and community groups to respond to the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to applying. This grant program will contribute to the implementation of community-driven local food market models to increase points of access to fresh fruits and vegetables and support specialty crop producers through market development activities.

In response to the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, priorities of this funding opportunity will support producers’ efforts to adapt their operations and mitigate financial shock as much as possible. Projects should focus on ways to improve existing and accelerate emerging market models that serve multiple farmers and increase food access in Vermont communities.

This community-oriented approach to market development will focus on projects that can increase exposure to local products, and specifically specialty crops, to an expanded consumer base. Funding may support infrastructure needs, emerging technologies, educational endeavors, and policy implementation. In addition to funding, awarded projects will have the opportunity to receive technical assistance from VAAFM and other Farm to Plate Partners as needed. Priority will be given to initiatives that implement sustainable practices, support financially viable businesses, highlight collaborative efforts, and foster meaningful community connections through food.

Expenditures will be limited to allowable costs under the SCBGP and projects must demonstrate how investments will help the municipality, non-profits, businesses, and/or community groups increase revenue, realize cost savings, or improve access to specialty crops. Projects must demonstrate how investments will address community food access and expand direct-to-consumer markets help increase revenue, realize cost savings, or improve access to specialty crops and other local products.

For eligible projects, see the URL for Full Text (RFP) link below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163148

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$25,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded within the range of $2,000 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Each successful grantee will have 60 days from the signing of their grant agreement to begin project work and submit all required materials with their 1st claim and 12 months to complete the full scope of the project and submit all required reporting and project deliverables, and final claim.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
•Partnering specialty crop producers, producer groups, or farmers markets
•Vermont municipalities, organizations, or community groups that will partner with and/or provide support to specialty crop producers, producer groups, or farmers markets

Ineligible Projects:
•Developing or expanding a community garden without a direct connection to community support for local agricultural producers
•Established festivals and entertainment series
•Vehicle purchases or land purchases
•Direct purchases of food
•Funding for purchases made prior to award notification

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- RFA Released: Mid-May, 2020
- Application Opens: June 1st, 2020
- Application Deadlines: June 30th, 200, at 5:00 PM
- Application Notifications: Early July, 2020

All applicants must register to create an account using VAAFM’s online grants management system, WebGrants, and have a SAM.Gov account.

Projects primarily benefiting specialty crop producers are not required to demonstrate matching funds, but may do so to better explain commitment from partners and full project scope. If more than 50% of the project will benefit non-specialty crop producers, applicants must demonstrate 50% matching funds in the form of cash or in-kind services. For more information on matching funds, see the URL for Full Text.

WebGrants Application Guide: https://agriculture.vermont.gov/grants/howtoapply

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://www.agriculturegrants.vermont.gov/

For program questions, contact:
Alissa Matthews
Alissa.Matthews@vermont.gov
(802) 505-1661

For technical support, contact:
Melissa Moon
Melissa.Moon@vermont.gov
(802) 828-3828

WebGrants Technical Assistance:
Diana Ferguson
diana.ferguson@vermont.gov
(802) 622-4094

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430
AGR.Helpdesk@vermont.gov

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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