The Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure (RFSI) program will offer over $3.2 million in grants to Vermont businesses and organizations to strengthen local and regional food systems. The purpose of these grants, funded through the USDA Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure program, is to:
- Build resilience in the middle of the food supply chain,
- Support market development and new market opportunities for Vermont farms and food businesses, and
- Promote development of Vermont value-added products
Grant opportunities will be announced in 2024. Check back soon for more details and opportunities to provide input!
The Agency of Agriculture will award RFSI grants to improve the aggregation, distribution, manufacturing, processing, storing, transporting, and wholesaling of Vermont food products including specialty crops, dairy, grains, aquaculture, and value-added products. The Agency of Agriculture is currently finalizing details on eligibility, project priorities, and other requirements for the two rounds of funding.
- Approximately $2,000,000 will be available for infrastructure projects. Information for this grant program, which will include a match requirement, will be available in May 2024.
- Approximately $1,000,000 will be available for equipment-only projects, without a match requirement. Details for this grant will be announced in early summer 2024.
Please note that projects to support meat or poultry are excluded from this opportunity.
Farmers, food aggregators and distributors, food hubs, food processors and manufacturers, food retail operations, institutions such as schools or hospitals, nonprofit organizations, producer associations and cooperatives, local government entities, and universities are eligible to apply.
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