Farmers' Market Relief Application

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Overview

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.

  • Applications are due no later than Friday, November 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM (noon).
  • Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received and awarded on a first come, first served basis.
  • The Vermont Agency of Agriculture will reimburse eligible farmers' market applicants up to $2,000.

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Eligibility

The eligibility requirements for the VCAAP Farmers' Market Relief Application, as established by the Vermont State Legislature and the Federal government, are as follows:

  • 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​

  1. Gather documentation of your market's lost revenues or expenses caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  2. Log in to WebGrants to start your application.

New to WebGrants? See the Application Guide.

  1. Complete and submit your application by Friday, November 6 at 12:00 PM (noon). 

We cannot accept late applications.

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Contact Us

(802) 828-2430 select #9
AGR.CovidResponse@vermont.gov

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