State of Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
06/30/20 5:00 PM
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#: 163148
Grants will be awarded within the range of $2,000 to $5,000.
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.
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/
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Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
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