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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:

11/01/20 11:59 PM


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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.

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.

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.

Eligible Projects

Services may provide the following:

  • Market development, marketing plans, and sales;
  • Business and financial planning;
  • Business responses to COVID-19;
  • Enterprise transitions for next-generation business owners and post succession;
  • Access to capital;
  • Manufacturing efficiencies or process flow;
  • Business research and development.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163151

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are 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 nonprofits that are involved in the support of production of agriculture and/or forest products). Vermont service providers, sub-state regional programs, and organizations are welcome to apply.

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.

Working Lands Service Provider grantees are eligible to receive funds more than once. Priority will be given to service provider organizations that are not currently implementing WLEF funded projects or scopes of work.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Request for Applications Release Date: October 9, 2020
- Application Opens for Submission: October 9, 2020 at 12:00 PM (noon)
- Application Deadline: November 1st, 2020 at 11:59 PM (closes at midnight)
- Award Notification: End of November 2020
- Estimated Project Date Start: End of January 2021

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

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. Matching funds may not be sourced from other State of Vermont funding opportunities.

Previous recipients of Working Lands Service Provider Grants are eligible to re-apply for funding during Fiscal Year 2021. Services must be provided to a new cohort of businesses for each funding period.

Application instructions:

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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