Financial assistance is available for new or innovative equipment that will aid in the reduction of surface runoff of agricultural wastes to state waters, improve water quality of state waters, reduce odors from manure application, separate phosphorus from manure, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce costs to farmers when they apply manure.
- Custom Operators
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Phosphorus Extraction Equipment Providers
Examples of Eligible Equipment:
- Conservation Tillage Equipment
- No-Till Grain Drills
- Roller Crimpers
- Precision Agriculture Equipment such as Flow Meters and Data Loggers
- Manure Injectors
- Silage Balers/Wrappers
- Dragline Systems
- Phosphorus Removal Equipment/Technology
Eligible equipment and corresponding funding caps or cost share rates can change based on funding availability and other factors, please refer to the most current Program Details for more information on eligible equipment.
Apply for General Equipment!
Several supporting documents are required when applying for CEAP and will need to be uploaded or sent along with your application to make your application complete. It will be easiest if you gather this information prior to starting your application.
- Review the CEAP General Equipment Applicationand details (pdf document) to ensure you have the correct application for the project you are requesting funding for.
- Prepare the folllowing supporting documents:
- Project Questionnaire [word document] (REQUIRED): Write us a letter OR fill out this 1-page questionnaire describing your operation and your need for the requested equipment.
- Quote/s for the requested equipment (REQUIRED): Print or scan official quotes and include with your application. What are the estimated costs for the requested equipment and installation, (note that shipping or freight costs are not eligible for financial assistance), and where do you plan to purchase it from?
- Letter of Support (OPTIONAL): If submitted, Letter/s of support should add pertinent information about your application. Please refrain from including letters of support which may clearly be biased in their support of your application.
- Submit the CEAP General Equipment Program Application (online application submission form) by November 1, 2021.
Questions about applying?
- Please review the Funding Opportunity Questions and Responses before reaching out with additional questions via email to AGR.WaterQuality@Vermont.gov
- All grant applicants should review and be prepared to agree to the State of Vermont Attachment C: Standard Provisions for Contracts and Grants.
- Eligibility requirements include that farms are in good standing with the State of Vermont. Good standing for Water Quality Technical and Financial Assistance is defined in 6 V.S.A. § 4802 and the form can be accessed here: Act 154 Good Standing Certification Form.
- Assistance is available for the application process. Please contact 802-622-4098 if you are in need of assistance.
For Active Grant Recipients:
CEAP grant agreements have an agreement length of 5 years, during which period you are expected to maintain and continue using the equipment as described in your initial application. AAFM program staff will visit your farm 1-2 times during this period to check on your equipment.
CEAP recipients are further required to report equipment usage for the first three (3) years of the grant.
This reporting requirement exists so we can document the phosphorus reductions farmers are achieving with the purchased equipment and to demonstrate how CEAP is working to get conservation on the ground. In addition, CEAP is a competitive grant program and a major aspect of the ranking and review of your applications is the scale of conservation that you committed to your application. Since recipients were selected to receive funds in part of based on the expected conservation value of your equipment being used on the acres you committed to, the program requires recipients to meet those commitments for each year of reporting.
Annual Usage Reports cover a Calendar Year and must be submitted annually by January 15th to the Contact listed below, accompanied by all relevant corresponding maps. If an explanation or justification is needed, please submit that in written form alongside your report and maps.
You may select the template that works best for your farm:
Mail: VAAFM CEAP Program, 116 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620-2901