Funding Opportunities

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Funding

Farm to School Grant Program

The Vermont Farm to School Grant Program provides Vermont schools with funds to integrate local foods into school cafeterias, classrooms and communities.

Local Food Market Development Grants

The Vermont Local Food Market Development Grant Program provides state funds to Vermont producers in pursuit of institutional market development as well as to community groups, producer groups, and food hubs that directly support Vermont producers’ access to institutional market expansion.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds enhance the competitiveness of Vermont specialty crops including fruits and vegetables, honey, maple, hops, Christmas trees, nursery crops and floriculture.

Working Lands Enterprise Fund

The Working Lands Enterprise Fund demonstrates the state’s investment in the working lands enterprise economy. Working Lands funds are available in the form of three grant opportunities: Working Lands Enterprise Investments, Service Provider Grants, and Capital and Infrastructure Investments.

GAP Audit Reimbursement Funds 

These funds are not currently available. To learn more about USDA GAP audits at VAAFM, visit our USDA GAP & GHP page. 

Additional Funding Resources

Food System Financing Inventory

This inventory from the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan lists publicly funded and alternative funding sources.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – Publications

NSAC publications help producers and organizations navigate federal funding opportunities and technical assistance programs. Publications include the Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs; Farmers' Guide to Applying for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program; Farmers' Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program; and Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Funding

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food – Grants, Loans & Support

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food helps communities scale up local and regional food systems and strengthen their economies. This page lists over two dozen programs at USDA that can help build local and regional food systems.

Natural Resources Conservation Service – Vermont

NRCS offers financial and technical assistance to help agricultural producers make and maintain conservation improvements on their land through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Conservation Stewardship Program, and Agricultural Management Assistance Program.

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)

SARE offers competitive grants to projects that explore and address key issues affecting the sustainability and future economic viability of agriculture.

Rural Development – Vermont

Rural Development offers loans, grants and loan guarantees to support essential services and offers technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations.

Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA)

The Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), a program of VEDA, is a nonprofit corporation which provides credit to Vermont farmers, agricultural facilities, forestry and forest product-based businesses.  VACC and VEDA work with these businesses on everything from startup to expansion to making energy efficiency improvements.  We help these businesses secure the financing needed to start a business, strengthen existing operations, encourage diversification, and to encourage marketing and processing of Vermont agricultural and forestry products.

Vermont Grass Farmers Association (VGFA) Mini Grants

VGFA Mini Grants of $500–$1,000 support on-farm research led and designed by farmers.

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) provides early stage grant funding, technical assistance, and loans to entrepreneurs, businesses, farmers, networks and others interested in developing jobs and markets in the green economy. This page provides information about VSJF’s Peer to Peer Collaborative, the Vermont Agricultural Development Program, and additional partners and resources.

Working Lands Enterprise Initiative – Funding Opportunities Page

The Vermont Working Lands Enterprise works to grow the economies, cultures, and communities of Vermont's working landscape by making essential, catalytic investments in critical leverage points of the Vermont farm and forest economy. This page includes agriculture & food system funding opportunities, forestry & forest products funding opportunities, and general enterprise development funding opportunities.