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.
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 opens at 8 a.m. on January 21, 2022. The deadline to apply is noon on February 18, 2022.
You can download the full 2021 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.
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