Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative
11/01/20 11:59 PM
Grants of up to $20,000 to Vermont service provider organizations to support businesses within the state’s forestry and agricultural sectors. Funding may be used for either new or ongoing programs. Eligible projects provide direct and indirect services to support development of Vermont-based working lands businesses through technical assistance and other forms of support.
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.
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.
Services may provide the following:
GrantWatch ID#: 163151
Awards are in the range of $5,000 - $20,000.
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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