Maple producers and processors can apply for infrastructure and equipment projects up to $100,000
October 19, 2023 | Montpelier, VT - The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) is now accepting applications for the new Maple Agriculture Development Grants (Maple ADG) program. This one-time funding is intended to help develop, grow, and sustain maple businesses throughout the state. With over $540,000 in available funds allocated by the Vermont State Legislature in the 2024 fiscal year budget, the Maple ADG program represents the largest ever state investment in Vermont maple operations.
“These investments are important to the maple industry. We are fortunate to have these dollars for maple producers so they can continue to grow their operations,” said Anson Tebbetts, Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture. “We are grateful the Governor included these grants in his budget.”
Maple operations are eligible to apply for $15,000 to $100,000 in funds, with no match requirement. All Vermont-based maple producers and processors are eligible, including sap-only and bulk distribution operations. Projects may be focused on a variety of areas but must directly impact the function of the operation. This includes, but is not limited to
: infrastructure improvements, equipment and material upgrades, safety and quality improvements, staff and management training, and implementing improved sugarbush management. Marketing, agritourism, and research projects are not eligible.
Three funding priorities, derived from industry feedback, will guide final selections. All applications must address at least one of the following program priorities:
- Climate Resilience: Funds should help operations remain productive and sustainable in the face of climate change or help mitigate environmental impacts of the operation.
- Operational Efficiency: Funds should increase business efficiency, particularly use of time, labor, or funds.
- Food Safety & Quality: Funds should address food safety in the sugarhouse or final product or ensure adherence to maple quality guidelines.
To apply, producers should visit the Agency of Agriculture website at https://agriculture.vermont.gov/agriculture-development-grants#Maple for more information and to download the 2023 Maple ADG Request for Applications (RFA). Applicants should create an account on WebGrants at agriculturegrants.vermont.gov and start a 2023 Maple Agriculture Development Grant Application.
Applications close Tuesday, November 21 at 11:59 PM.
Questions related to Maple Agriculture Development Grants should be directed to program coordinator Madison Berry at 802-622-4626 or Madison.Berry@vermont.gov.