The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is seeking applications from Vermont early childcare providers who want to purchase community supported agriculture (CSA) shares to help them incorporate more local food into their operations. Successful applicants will receive a grant to reimburse 80% of the cost of their CSA share(s) 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
Download the full Request for Application (RFA) here.
We will begin accepting applications on January 26th at 8:00 am. Applications will only be accepted through the WebGrants online grants management system, at https://agriculturegrants.vermont.gov. The deadline to apply is February 17th at 11:59 pm.
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