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Vermont Farm and Forest Viability Program - Water Quality Grant Program

Grants to Vermont Farmers to Improve
Water-Related Infrastructure

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB)

Deadline Date:

03/26/21

Description:

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Grants of up to $40,000 to Vermont individual farmers and farms to improve water-related infrastructure. Funding is intended to enhance water quality and to build, rehabilitate, or upgrade farm infrastructure that will positively impact water quality. Priority is given to livestock and dairy farms and to long-term investments.

Projects to make on-farm capital improvements that also have direct, positive impacts on water quality are eligible for funding. The following types of projects have been funded in the past: 

  • Construction, renovation, or upgrades to farm infrastructure
  • Purchase of equipment that will be used frequently; is essential to the business; cannot be rented, and leads to innovative farm practices 

For a table of eligible projects and costs, see: https://www.vhcb.org/sites/default/files/programs/viability/Applications/Water%20Quality%20Grant%20Instructions%20OCT%202020.pdf#page=2

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184111

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of $5,000 to $40,000 are available.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Any farm that is required to meet the Required Agricultural Practices and has gross sales of $15,000 per year or more is eligible to apply. Funds are awarded to commercial businesses; Early-stage or small-scale farm businesses on a growth trajectory if not yet commercially viable may be funded.
- Dairy and livestock farms are likely to be more competitive applicants. Produce farms will be eligible provided they can demonstrate that their project will have significant, positive impacts on water quality.
- Applicants can be organic or conventional and do not need to have conserved their land. Any size farm is welcome to apply. The review team will utilize this information to get a full picture of your farm business.

Examples of non-eligible costs:
- Annual practices or infrastructure that is short-lived
- Equipment that is used infrequently or that could very feasibly be rented or contracted
- Grant writing
- Soil or water quality analysis

Projects to build or repair farm vehicles or access roads are typically not successful in this grant program, as their impact on water quality is relatively lower than other proposals.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications submitted in advance of the following dates will be reviewed for funding:
- Friday, December 4, 2020 (decisions made by March 2020)
- Friday, March 26, 2021 (decisions made by May 2021)

All farmers should submit applications electronically as VHCB staff will be working remotely until further notice.

A minimum of one-to-one match funding is required. VHCB encourages and expects all grant applicants to demonstrate at least 10% of project costs are provided by the applicant farm, through cash, loans, and/or in-kind contributions

Vermont’s Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs): http://agriculture.vermont.gov/rap

Contact Information:

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

Apply online with the password 'farms': https://server3.vhcb.org/sharing/Z32YBnXNR

For questions, contact:
Aaron Guman
aaron@vhcb.org
802 828 5587

Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
58 East State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
PH: 802.828.3250
TTY: 1.800.253.0191
FAX: 802.828.3203
info@vhcb.org

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