The Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program (VCAAP) Farmers’ Markets Relief Application was created to alleviate the economic hardship suffered by small and medium-sized farmers' markets due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This application is open to farmers' markets with less than $10,000 in annual gross sales. Farmers’ markets with annual gross sales of more than $10,000 may apply for assistance under the Agriculture and Working Lands Application.
The application deadline was Friday, November 13, 2020.
Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received and awarded on a first come, first served basis.
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- Applicants must be domiciled or have a primary place of business in Vermont.
- Applicants must meet the definition of a farmers’ market: “An event or series of events at which two or more vendors of agricultural products, as defined in 11 V.S.A § 991, gather for purposes of offering for sale to the public their agricultural products.”
- Applicants must have annual gross sales of less than $10,000 in tax year 2019. *
- Applicants must have experienced lost revenues and/or expenses related to the COVID-19 public health emergency between March 1 and November 1, 2020.
- Applicants’ supporting financial documentation must clearly identify those lost revenues and/or expenses attributable to COVID-19.
The only losses and expenses eligible for reimbursement under this program are those directly related to the operation and maintenance of a farmers’ market. This excludes losses or expenses experienced by individual vendors as well as costs unrelated to the operation of the farmers’ market.
*Note that farmers’ markets with annual gross sales of more than $10,000 may apply for assistance under the Agriculture and Working Lands Application.
How to Apply
The Farmers’ Markets Relief Application is now closed.
(802) 828-2430 select #9