Community Supported Agriculture Grants

Program Background

The goal of this comepetitive grant program is to help early childhood providers and afterschool programs incorporate more local food into their operations. Successful applicants will be awarded a grant to subsidize 80 percent of the cost of a community supported agriculture (CSA) share, or farm share, from the Vermont farm of their choice. Grants of up to $1,000 are available. As a reimbursement grant, successful applicants will be required to purchase their CSA or farm share(s) prior to receiving their grant funds.

Eligibility

Previous CSA Grant recipients should note that the majority of funds for the 2022 round will be prioritized for applicants who did not receive this grant in the previous year.

The following entities are eligible to apply for this competitive grant:

  • Vermont registered or licensed early childcare providers
  • Vermont licensed after school programs
  • 21st Century Child Learning Center Programs

How to Apply

The application period for this grant is now closed. The next application period will open in January of 2023.

You can download the full 2022 Request for Application (RFA) here.

The following informational webinar was developed for the 2021 grant round. The only difference for the 2022 round is that afterschool programs are now eligible to apply.

Informational Webinar

 

Prior to beginning an application, applicants are encouraged to identify and contact their desired CSA provider and to register in WebGrants if they have not done so. A map of many of the State's CSA providers is available on NOFA-VT's website

Applicants that do not have a WebGrants account will need to create one by filling out and submitting the WebGrants Registration Form.  It is critical that new WebGrants users allow enough time for their registration request to be processed as they will not be able to fill out or submit an application until their account is created.  Applicants that fail to meet the submission deadline because they did not submit their registration request in time will not be considered for funding.

For a full guide to submitting an application, visit https://agriculture.vermont.gov/grants/howtoapply.

Applications must be submitted by the fiscal agent. For most organizations, the fiscal agent is the business owner, executive director, or business manager. This is a legal requirement, as the prospective grant agreement (a legal agreement with the State of Vermont) must be held with the organization bearing fiscal responsibility. Therefore, the fiscal agent is responsible for submitting the grant application, signing the grant agreement, and ensuring all terms of the grant agreement are met. Applications not submitted by the entity bearing fiscal responsibility will not be accepted.

Additional questions about the grant Request for Applications can be submitted to
trevor.lowell@vermont.gov
(802) 585-9186  

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

 

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.5050
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.585.6073
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.461.5128
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Grants                                  802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431