Annual Calendar of Funding Opportunities

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Programs Open Year-Round

APPLICATION Open
PROGRAM NAME
DESCRIPTION
CONTACT
Year-round

Farmstead Best Management Practices (BMP) Program

Technical and financial assistance for engineered conservation practices on Vermont farms.

Jenn LaValley
Jenn.LaValley@vermont.gov
(802) 828-2431

Year-round

Pasture and Surface Water Fencing (PSWF) Program

Technical and financial assistance for pasture management and livestock exclusion from surface water on Vermont farms

Kaitlin Hayes
Kaitlin.Hayes@vermont.gov
(802) 622-4112

Year-round

Grassed Waterway and Filter Strip (GWFS) Program 

Technical and financial assistance for implementing buffers and seeding down critical areas on Vermont farms

Sonia Howlett
Sonia.Howlett@vermont.gov
(802) 522-4655

Year-round

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) 

Implementation costs of vegetated buffers and rental payments for maintained buffers on Vermont agricultural land

Ben Gabos
Ben.Gabos@Vermont.gov
(802) 461-3814

Phil Wilson
Phillip.Wilson@vermont.gov
(802) 505-5378

2021 Funding Opportunities

APPLICATION OPEN
PROGRAM NAME
DESCRIPTION

CONTACT

January

Community Supported Agriculture Grant

Reimbursement for 80% of the cost of community supported agriculture (CSA) shares for early childcare providers

Trevor Lowell
Trevor.Lowell@vermont.gov
(802) 585-9186

January

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Grants for collaborative projects to benefit multiple fruit, vegetable, honey, maple, hops, Christmas tree, or nursery crop producers or organizations

Gina Clithero
AGR.SpecialtyCrops@vermont.gov
(802) 585-6225

February

Multi-Business Dairy Agritourism Grant

Grants for projects that benefit multiple dairy businesses by promoting the access and sale of regionally produced milk and related products

Kathryn Donovan
Kathryn.Donovan@vermont.gov
(802) 585-4571

April

Farm to School Vision Grant

Grants for innovative ideas that address emergent farm to school issues

Trevor Lowell
Trevor.Lowell@vermont.gov
(802) 585-9186

April

Dairy Marketing & Branding Services Grant

Grants for value-added dairy processors to access professional services to implement marketing tactics, brand improvements, and overall strategy Kathryn Donovan
Kathryn.Donovan@vermont.gov
(802) 585-4571

April

Local Food In Your CommunitY PRogram

Grants for implementation of improvements for local food markets to increase access to and demand for specialty crops.

Alissa Matthews
Alissa.Matthews@vermont.gov
(802) 505-1661
May

Farm Agronomic Practices (FAP) Program

Per-acre payments for conservation practices on Vermont farms and support for one-time water quality educational events or trainings

Nina Gage
Nina.Gage@vermont.gov
(802) 622-4098

July
(Now accepting applications until September 30)

Goat & Sheep Dairy Supply Chain Impact Grant

Grants for projects that address supply chain challenges for existing goat and sheep dairy businesses

Kathryn Donovan
Kathryn.Donovan@vermont.gov
(802) 585-4571

August
(Now accepting applications until September 27)
WORKING LANDS ENTERPRISE FUND SERVICE PROVIDER GRANTS & CONTRACTS Grants and contracts for service providers that support agriculture and forestry businesses

Lynn Ellen Schimoler
Working.Lands@vermont.gov
(802) 585-9072

Fall 2021 (Biennial)

AGRICULTURAL CLEAN WATER INITIATIVE PROGRAM

Grants for water quality initiatives by supporting farmers with education and outreach, technical assistance, identifying and implementing best management practices, planning, and more

Nina Gage
Nina.Gage@vermont.gov
(802) 622-4098

Fall 2021

Produce Safety Improvement Grant

Grants to help produce growers implement on-farm food safety practices

Gina Clithero
Gina.Clithero@vermont.gov
(802) 585-6225

September

Capital Equipment Assistance Program (CEAP)

Purchase of innovative farm equipment that aids in the reduction of runoff Nina Gage
Nina.Gage@vermont.gov
(802) 622-4098
September/October

Working Lands Enterprise FUND Business Grants

Grants to support agriculture and forestry projects

Lynn Ellen Schimoler
Working.Lands@vermont.gov
(802) 585-9072

September/October
(Now accepting applications until November 1)

Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Partial reimbursement of direct costs for organic certification Terry Smith
Terry.Smith@vermont.gov
(802) 828-5667
October

DAIRY FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION GRANT

Grant funding to support food safety improvements including technical assistance, audits, plan writing, and infrastructure upgrades

Kathryn Donovan
Kathryn.Donovan@vermont.gov
(802) 585-4571

October

Farm to School Child Nutrition Implementation Grant

Grants for the development of farm to school programs

Trevor Lowell
Trevor.Lowell@vermont.gov
(802) 585-9186

November

Agricultural Fair & Field Days Capital Grants and Operational Stipends

Grants for 20-year capital improvements and operational stipends for fairs and field days Alissa Matthews
Alissa.Matthews@vermont.gov
(802) 505-1661

 

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Page last updated: 08/2021

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                  802.461.5128
  • 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