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Agricultural and Forestry Business Development

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Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI)

Deadline Date:

09/23/22 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Vermont service provider organizations for activities that benefit businesses within the state’s forestry and agricultural sectors. Funding is intended to support new and ongoing programs, projects, and services that encourage the development of Vermont-based working lands businesses. Funds may be used for activities such as marketing, planning, business research and development, COVID-19 response, and workforce development.

Program Purpose

Approximately 20% of Vermont’s working landscape is used for agricultural purposes, and 75% is forested. Vermont prospers and its unique sense of place thrives, in large part, because of intelligent investments in the people and enterprises that comprise its farm, food, and forest-based systems. Strong community engagement and support for the farm and forest sectors leads to enhanced quality of life for Vermont citizens and working lands business owners. 

The mission of the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative is to grow the economies, cultures, and communities of Vermont's working landscape. The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) achieves this by making essential, catalytic investments in critical leverage points of the Vermont farm and forest economy and facilitating policy development to optimize the agricultural and forest use of Vermont lands.

Eligible Projects

Projects eligible for funding will include the provision of direct technical assistance and/or indirect services to support the development of Vermont-based working lands businesses. Vermont service providers, sub-state regional programs, and organizations are welcome to apply. Ongoing and pilot programs are acceptable, and services may provide support to businesses in the following areas: 

  • Market development, marketing plans, and sales strategies
  • Business and financial planning
  • Business responses to COVID-19
  • Enterprise transitions for next generation business owners and post-succession planning
  • Access to capital
  • Manufacturing efficiencies or process flow
  • Business research and development
  • Workforce development; professional skills training
  • Exploration or expansion of production to address gaps along forest and agriculture supply chains (e.g., packaging, ingredients, etc.), including for substitution of imported items

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163151

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$75,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum and maximum award: $10,000-$20,000

Term of Contract:

Grantee must be ready to begin project work immediately following execution of this grant agreement.

Project length: 18 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Service provider organizations must be based in Vermont and registered with the Secretary of State at the time of application submission. All structures are eligible (e.g., Partnerships, Limited Liability Corporations, Sole Proprietorships, Cooperatives, Corporations, S Corporations, L3Cs, B Corporations, and/or non-profits that are involved in the support of production of agriculture and/or forest products). Applicants must be in compliance with all state regulations (i.e., water quality, taxes, child support) and in good standing with the State of Vermont at the time of applying and must remain so during the entire grant period.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Request for Applications Release Date: July 29, 2022
- Application Opens for Submission: August 12, 2022 at 12:00 PM (noon)
- Application Deadline: September 23, 2022 at 11:59 PM
- Award Notification: November 2022
- Estimated Project Date Start: December 2022

Grant recipients must provide matching funds at a 100% (one-to-one) rate using cash (e.g., funds in the bank, paid staff labor hours) or in-kind items (e.g., donated goods, pro bono services, volunteer labor) that the grantee organization has received from other sources.

Working Lands Service Provider Grant payments are made on a reimbursement basis.

Previous recipients of Working Lands Service Provider Grants are eligible to re- apply for funding during Fiscal Year 2023. Applicants who have received Working Lands grants in the past will be asked to measure and report on the results of previously funded projects and demonstrate how continued funding will be used to grow or improve the program. Services must be provided to a new cohort of businesses for each funding period.

Application instructions: https://agriculture.vermont.gov/grants/howtoapply

FAQs: http://visit%20the%20working%20lands%20application%20frequently%20asked%20questions%20for%20resources%20and%20to%20get%20support%20on%20your%20application.%20/

View the applicant webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFr1T1l9cAc

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://agriculturegrants.vermont.gov/register.do

Programmatic Questions:
Clare Salerno
clare.salerno@vermont.gov
(802) 917-2637

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

Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initative
116 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620
agr.workinglands@vermont.gov

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