Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI)
09/27/21 11:59 PM
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.
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.
Grant funds will be awarded to projects that benefit agriculture and forest-based businesses. 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. Ongoing and pilot programs are acceptable, and services may provide the following:
Projects must enhance Vermont’s working landscape, demonstrated through measurable performance outcomes that may include: Job creation and retention; increased income; increased product output; increased acres in active forestry or agricultural use; land stewardship; business creation; increased access to capital, technical assistance, education, and training; higher payroll and wages; and increased quality of life.
Projects must include collaboration and partnerships among working lands businesses and service providers.
GrantWatch ID#: 163151
The Working Lands Enterprise Board plans to fund Service Provider Grant awards in the range of $10,000-$20,000.
Grantee must be ready to begin project work immediately following execution of this grant agreement.
Service Provider Grant projects will be 18 months in duration.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To apply: https://agriculturegrants.vermont.gov/index.do
Lynn Ellen Schimoler
WebGrants Technical Assistance:
Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initative
116 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620
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