Grants, Loans & Relief Payments

Relief Payments


Grants and loans for agricultural businesses seeking to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.

  • Facebook Small Business Grants Program
    Offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for businesses between 2 and 50 employees, have been in business for over a year, and have experienced challenges from COVID-19
  • Hello Alice - Business for All emergency Grant 
    $10,000 grants being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by coronavirus, as part of our broader mission to ensure Business for All. In addition to funding, grant recipients will receive ongoing support from the Hello Alice community.
  • Local Food in Your Community Program
    Grants to assist with the implementation of community-driven local food market models in Vermont, increasing points of access to fresh fruits and vegetables and supporting specialty crop producers through market development activities. Grants will be awarded within the range of $2,000 to $5,000.
  • NOFA - Vermont - Farmer Emergency Fund Grant
    Available to assist Vermont certified organic and NOFA Vermont member commercial farmers who are in financial need after having been adversely affected by natural and unnatural disasters. Farmers may request up to $2,500
  • Rural Vermont Mini Grants to Support Farmers's Markets with COVID-19 Protocols
    Funds to support the purchase of supplies such as hand washing stations, masks, gloves, sanitizer, signs, caution tape, stakes, additional staff, and other needs to support safe shopping and the health of all. Grants are capped at $500 per market and available on a first come, first serve basis. All are encouraged to apply, though priority may be given to smaller markets and markets in underserved areas.
  • Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund
    Grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available. 
  • Working Lands Enterprise Initiative COVID-19 Response Grants
    Funds are designed to complement a Vermont agriculture or forestry business’s ability to maintain operations while increasing capacity to rebuild and/or recover during an unprecedented time of need. Grants will be awarded within the range of $5,000 to $25,000.


  • Spanx Red Backpack Fund
    The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19.

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901


Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.2431
  • 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                  802.522.3132
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Farmer Assistance                    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