Working Lands Grants Available for Vermont Food, Forestry and Wood Products Ventures

Working Lands Grants Available for Vermont Food, Forestry and Wood Products Ventures

$700K grants available for investment in FY 2019

August 24, 2018 / Montpelier, VT - The Working Lands Enterprise Board announces the 2019 Service Provider request for application release dates. Types of technical assistance provided for Service Providers may include: Market development, marketing plans, and sales; Business and financial planning; Succession planning; Access to capital; Manufacturing efficiencies or process flow; research and development; and/or pilot programs.

  • Request for Applications Released: September 4, 2018
  • Letters of Intent Due: September 27, 2018  
  • Applicant Notification of Acceptance/Denial (Letter of Intent): October 19, 2018
  • Invited Applications Due: January 3, 2018
  • Applicant Notification: End of January 2019
  • Estimated Project Start Date: February-March 2019

FY 2019 Program Year

This year, approximately $700,000 is available for investment into farm, food systems, forestry, and forest products enterprises. Funds will be disbursed in (2) investment areas: Business Grants and Service Provider Grants.

The Working Lands Enterprise Board( WLEB) has decided to allocate larger grants, up to $150k, for low grade wood or dairy projects that show significant value chain improvements. The lower tier for Business grants has now increased to  $25,000 or less, vs. $20,000 or less, as in previous years.

 

Of the current $825K available for Working Lands investments, WLEB in this current fiscal year will aim to deploy approximately:

- Service Provider Funding Total: $230-280K

- Business Funding Total: $525-575K

- Trade Show Assistance Grants: $20K

History of Success to Date 

The WLEB began operations in August 2012 and today has awarded over $5.4 million in grant funds to 184 grantees, leveraging an additional over $8 million of matching and other funds. For a list of previously funded projects, visit http://workinglands.vermont.gov/projects.

The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative is administered by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets in partnership with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. The initiative is led by the Working Lands Enterprise Board, made up of public and private sector members involved in agriculture, food, forestry, and wood products.

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Working Lands Contact:

Lynn Ellen Schimoler

Agricultural Business Development / Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets

802-622-4477

LynnEllen.Schimoler@vermont.gov