Vermont Agency of Agriculture Funding Opportunities

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Water Quality Grant Opportunities 

Funding for farmers, nonprofit organizations, regional associations, and other entities for the development and implementation of locally-led agricultural water quality programs, projects, as well as research.

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.

Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grants

This grant is to assist Vermont produce growers to make improvements that help prevent or reduce known produce safety risks on their farms.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

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

Working Lands Enterprise Fund

Working Lands grants fund agriculture and forestry projects that enhance Vermont’s communities, economy, and culture.

Local Food Market Development Grants

Local Food Market Development (LFMD) grant funds are currently available through the Working Lands grant process. LFMD funds increase Vermont producers’ access to institutional and wholesale markets, promote consumption of local food, and encourage scaling up through new market development opportunities across Vermont.

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.

Trade Show Assistance Grants  

Funding available to expand sales and networking opportunities for Vermont agriculture and forestry businesses to attend trade show both nationally and internationally. 

Fairs & Field Days: Capital Grant & Operational Stipend 

The Agency of Agriculture administers two funding opportunities for qualifiying Fairs and Field Days. Combined into one application, fairs and field days can now apply for funds for 20-year capital improvements as well as a stipend for operational expenses.