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Trade Show Assistance Grants

OVERVIEW

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM)’s Trade Show Assistance Grants provide Vermont agricultural and forestry businesses with funds to identify, plan, exhibit, and sell their Vermont products at out-of-state trade shows or virtual shows targeting out-of-state buyers. These matching grants can mitigate the financial risks associated with exhibiting at trade shows, which provide excellent opportunities to network with wholesale buyers.

ELIGIBILITY

Vermont-based agricultural and forestry businesses that meet the following criteria are eligible to receive funds through this grant:

  1. Business is registered with the Vermont Secretary of State and has been in business for over one (1) year with an address indicating that they perform substantial functions in Vermont
  2. Business has three or more wholesale accounts
  3. Business’ products meet the Vermont Local Definition as defined in Act 129

Eligible proposals must assert that:

  • Proposed trade shows are located outside of Vermont; or if virtual, must target out-of-state buyers.
  • Applicant has previously attended trade show no more than 4 times. This grant will fund up to 5 years of attendance at a trade show.  
  • The proposed budget demonstrates a minimum of a 1:1 cash match contribution. This grant will reimburse each line item 50%.
  • Funding will be used for the following approved expenses:
    • Travel and accommodation expenses
    • Marketing assets and booth design
    • Registration fees (including booth space and educational sessions)
    • Booth fees including furnishings and utilities
    • Shipping/freight
    • Other marketing costs (samples, printing, etc.)
    • Proposed trade show is in the business to business (wholesale) format. Direct to consumer shows will only be eligible on a case-by-case basis.​

HOW TO APPLY

​The Request for Applications (RFA) for this opportunity will be released on December 1, 2022.

 

Program Contact

Kristen Brassard
kristen.brassard@vermont.gov
802-522-3742

WebGrants Technical Assistance

Melissa Moon
melissa.moon@vermont.gov
802-622-4128