2021 was the first year for The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets' (VAAFM) Community Supported Agriculture Grant. Thirty-three early childhood education organizations received a grant from this new program, which provided funding to reimburse 80% of the cost of a CSA share from a Vermont farm or farm collaborative.
This purpose of this funding opportunity is to support Vermont farmers and help early childcare providers access more Vermont grown and produced food. CSA produce can be used in a variety of ways, including to enhance meal programs or address food insecurity.
Vermont registered or licensed early childcare providers are eligible for this grant. Applicants must identify the farm or farm collaborative from whom they plan to purchase their CSA share(s) in their application and provide a description of how they will utilize the CSA produce to support their farm to school goals.
How to Apply
The application period for this grant cloased on February 17th, 2021. Pending interest and available funding, VAAFM may offer this funding opportunity again in the winter of 2022.
You can download the full 2021 Request for Application (RFA) here.
The following information pertains to the 2021 round of CSA grants.
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 request one by filling out and submitting the WebGrants Registration Form. Registration requests are processed in 1-2 business days. 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