The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is pleased to announce the first round of a two-round grant opportunity to improve on-farm produce safety. Approximately $74,000 in funding will be available in each round. This grant is to assist Vermont produce growers to make improvements that help prevent or reduce known produce safety risks on their farms. Applicants must grow, harvest, pack, or hold “covered produce” as defined by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR), and have average annual produce sales of greater than $25,000 over the past three years. Successful projects will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants until all funds in the round have been allocated.
Applications will open November 15, 2017.
How to apply
Step 1: Download the Request for Proposals document and review the grant eligibility and submission requirements before applying.
Step 2: Log onto www.agriculturegrants.vermont.gov to create a user account. This is where you will submit your online application.
Step 3: Plan your project and get ready to submit your application when the round opens.
Step 4: Submit your online application when the round opens on November 15, 2017!
Contact AGR.FSMA@vermont.gov or call (802) 828-2433.