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Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program

The Vermont State Legislature appropriated Coronavirus Relief Funds for the Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program (VCAAP) in Act 138 (S.351), Act 137 (H. 966), Act 120 (H.961), and Act 154 (H.969). The purpose of these grants was to stabilize agricultural businesses and organizations based on their lost revenues and expenses related to business interruption caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets awarded 1,136 VCAAP grants totaling $25.6 million 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, agricultural fairs, and farm to school programs run by schools and child care providers. The program is no longer accepting applications. 

Federal Financial Assistance

For information about federal financial assistance for businesses, visit the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) guide to Coronavirus Relief Options and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Assistance for Farmers. The SBA Vermont District Office also offers weekly Paycheck Protection Program webinars

Impact

Learn more about the Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program (VCAAP) in the VCAAP Impact Report.

Vermont COVID-19 Agricultural Assistance Program (VCAAP) News

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December 20, 2020 The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets has completed the VCAAP granting process, and all grant awards will be executed before the end of December 2020. VCAAP grant recipients should reference their award email, or the Agency’s website, for the full list of terms and conditions.

​October 19, 2020 The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets announced the re-launch of the VCAAP Dairy Assistance Application and the Agriculture & Working Lands Application to address COVID-19 pandemic impacts on our agricultural communities. 

October 16, 2020 The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets launched two new VCAAP applications to address COVID-19 pandemic impacts on our agricultural communities: the Farmers' Market Relief Application (deadline November 6) and Farm to School Application (deadline November 2).

October 1, 2020 The deadline for the VCAAP Dairy Assistance Application and Agriculture & Working Lands Application has been extended to November 15, 2020. This extension and some important changes to the grant program were included in new legislation. 

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