Grants, Loans & Relief Payments

State Assistance

  • Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program (VCAAP)
    VCAAP grants are available to eligible farmers, meat and poultry processors, commercial slaughterhouses, farmers' markets, value-added food product businesses, forest products businesses, producer associations, dairy producers and processors, and farm to school programs run by schools and child care providers. 

  • Expanded Emergency Economic Recovery Grant Program
    This program is an expansion of the Emergency Recovery Grants Program established by Act 115, Act 137, amended by Act 154 and per the Federal CARES Act. The Expanded Economic Recovery Grants administered by the Agency of Commerce & Community Development and the Department of Taxes will be awarded following these grant guidelines.

Federal Assistance

  • USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2)
    Financial assistance for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19, including increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020.

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
    Low interest loans (3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for non-profits) are available to organizations and businesses with fewer than 500 employees who are experiencing difficulties related to COVID-19. The deadline to apply for COVID-19 related needs is December 16, 2020.    

  • Coronavirus Food Assistance Program: Direct Support to Farmers and Ranchers (CFAP)
    Financial assistance for producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant market costs. The deadline to apply is September 11, 2020. 

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
    PUA provides support for workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency. Self-employed producers and farmers are eligible to receive unemployment insurance for the duration of the pandemic through the PUA Program, and producers do not have to have closed their farm or demonstrate lost employment. PUA benefits are calculated based on a claimant's reported prior earnings. PUA will provide for lost wages, including an additional $600/week for each week of lost wages. 

  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness
    The Small Business Association is no longer accepting PPP loan applications. Organizations that received PPP loans can apply to have their loan forgiven if the funds were used for payroll costs (60%), utilities, rent and/or interest on mortgages. 

Grants

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

  • Farm Aid Northeast BIPOC Farmers Relief Fund
    Relief payments of $500 for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) folks living in the Northeast who work in agriculture and have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 

  • 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

  • Red Backpack Fund
    $5,000 grants for majority women owned businesses and nonprofits that have suffered hardships from COVID-19. Excludes sole-proprietorships.

  • 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. 

Loans

Business Assistance

  • Do you need support navigating through the financial assistance options available? Consider reaching out to one of the many organizations providing individualized technical assistance and business coaching to farms impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Find their contact information on our Business Assistance page.

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

 

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.5050
  • 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                  802.522.7811
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Grants                                  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