The Vermont State Legislature appropriated $8.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds in Act 138 (S.351), Act 137 (H. 966), and Act 120 (H.961) for Agriculture and Working Lands Assistance. Of these funds, $5 million was designated to Agricultural Producer and Processor Assistance, for farmers, meat and poultry processors, slaughterhouses, and farmers markets; $2.5 million was appropriated to the Working Lands Enterprise Fund for agricultural, food and forest, and wood product industries; and $1 million was appropriated for the COVID-19 Working Lands Program for agriculture, food, and market businesses. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will administer Agriculture and Working Lands Assistance grants in partnership with Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) and the Working Lands Enterprise Fund.
The Agency of Agriculture will issue grant payments for Agriculture and Working Lands Assistance on a first-come, first-served basis. All compensable losses and costs must have been incurred since March 1, 2020 and be related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Application details are currently under development, but we expect that all applicants will need to apply by October 1, 2020, and all funds will be disbursed by December 20, 2020.
The application for these funds is under development and will be available soon. Please check this page and our social media for updates, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter to be notified when the application is open. In the meantime, we encourage potential applicants to complete a W-9 form and to gather documentation of losses and costs incurred since March 1, 2020 that are related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
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