Vermont Agency of Agriculture Funding Opportunities

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Ag Clean Water Initiative Grant Program (Ag-CWIP)

The Ag-CWIP will provide funding to farmers, nonprofit organizations, regional associations, and other entities for the development and implementation of locally-led agricultural water quality programs and projects.  Funds are available in three distinct categories—though organizations may submit applications in more than one category—including:

  • Education, Outreach and Implementation
  • Organizational Development
  • Innovative Phosphorus Reduction Activities

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.

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.

Specialty Crop Multi-State Program

The Specialty Crop Multi-State Program is a new federal grant program offered by USDA’S Agricultural Marketing Service that funds projects to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through collaborative, multi-state projects that address regional or national-level specialty crop issues.

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

In 2015–2016, Local Food Market Development (LFMD) grant funds will be 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.