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Grants to Vermont Service Providers to
Support Agricultural and Forestry Businesses

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Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative

Deadline Date:

11/17/19 11:59 PM (application closes at midnight)


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to Vermont service provider organizations to support businesses within the state’s forestry and agricultural sectors. Funding is intended to support the development of working lands businesses through direct technical assistance and indirect services.

Services may cover topics such as:

  • Market development, marketing plans, and sales;
  • Business and financial planning;
  • Succession planning;
  • Access to capital;
  • Manufacturing efficiencies or process flow;
  • Business research and development; and/or
  • Pilot programs.

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. The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, Act 142, created the Working Lands Enterprise Fund (WLEF) and the WLEB. The WLEB is made up of private sector members throughout the supply chains of agriculture and forestry, and staff from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, Vermont Agency.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163151

Estimated Size of Grant:

A total of $100,000-150,000 is available for Service Provider Grants for awards in the range of $5,000-20,000.

Term of Contract:

Service Provider Grant projects will be 18 months in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

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 submitting an application and must remain so during the entire grant period.

Prequalified Vendors: Priority will be given to applications from organizations that are not prequalified vendors of the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI). Prequalified vendors who apply for these grants must demonstrate that the services and/or clients addressed are not redundant with the scope of existing contracts or analogous grant agreements with WLEI.

Pre-Application Information:

Working Lands Service Provider Grant payments are made on a reimbursement basis, after costs have been incurred, and require documentation of project expenditures (e.g., receipts, paid invoices) to substantiate the total dollar amount of each claim for payment. Grant funds must be matched at a 100% (one-to-one) rate using funds the grantee organization has procured from other sources.

Key Dates:
- Request for Applications Release Date: September 3, 2019
- Application Opens for Submission: September 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM (noon)
- Application Deadline: November 17, 2019 at 12:00 PM (noon)
- Award Notification: End of January 2020
- Estimated Project Date Start: End of February 2020

Applications must be submitted via the online grants management system, WebGrants.

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

Programmatic Questions:
Lynn Ellen Schimoler
(802) 622-4477

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

Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initative
116 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620

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