State of Vermont - Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM)
05/06/21 Noon (12:00 PM)
Grants of up to $5,000 and in-kind assistance to Vermont crop producers, farmers' markets, nonprofit organizations, retailers, and food businesses for projects related to specialty crops. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended to improve the availability of specialty crops and strengthen the marketing efforts of local producers and retailers.
Projects funded through this program should support specialty crop producers through professional marketing services and market development activities to increase sales, points of access, and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and other Vermont grown specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined in the Farm Bill as: fruits and tree nuts; vegetables; culinary herbs, spices, and medicinal plants; nursery, floriculture, horticulture, and Christmas trees; honey; hops; maple syrup; and mushrooms.
Projects should focus on ways to improve existing and accelerate emerging market models that serve multiple farmers and/or food businesses and increase food access in Vermont communities. This market development approach will focus on projects that can increase exposure to local products, and specifically specialty crops, to an expanded consumer base. Priority will be given to initiatives that implement improved marketing strategies, support financially viable businesses and sustainable practices, highlight effective partnerships, and foster health-promoting activities to help ensure that local food markets can thrive in the long term.
For examples of eligible projects, see https://agriculture.vermont.gov/sites/agriculture/files/FY21_Local%20Food%20in%20Your%20Community_RFA.pdf#page=4.
GrantWatch ID#: 163148
Grants will be awarded for projects up to $5,000. In addition to grant funds, projects will receive program support from technical assistance providers and/or marketing specialists for improved project implementation valued at up to $2,000.
Each successful grantee will have 2 weeks from the award announcement to sign their grant agreement and begin project work. Within 3 months, grantees must submit all required materials with their 1st claim and complete an interim report to receive their initial reimbursement. All grantees must complete the full scope of their projects within 6 months.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply Online: https://agriculturegrants.vermont.gov/index.do
Submit your questions about the Local Food in Your Community grants here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=O5O0IK26PEOcAnDtzHVZxitVewZTjmVKmSRUMwzGQxNUOTVXVjVFNTBNN1ZNSVNJMUNHNzM5UzI3Qy4u
WebGrants Technical Assistance:
Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
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