Trade Show Assistance Grants

OVERVIEW

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) Trade Show Assistance Grants (TSAG) provide Vermont agriculture and forestry businesses with funds to identify, plan, exhibit and sell their Vermont products at out-of-state trade shows or virtual trade shows that target 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. Applicants are encouraged to apply for up to 5 trade shows and/or up to $5,000 in eligible reimbursements.

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 meets one of the following two criteria:
    1. 50% or more of their product ingredients/components are from Vermont
    2. The product, if substantially transformed, was transformed in Vermont

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 application for 2022 Trade Show Assistance Grants is now closed. If any funds remain after the first round of grants is reviewed, we will reopen the application later this year. Sign up for the Weekly Agriculture Development Newsletter for updates on TSAG and other grant and business development opportunities.

 

Program Contact

Kristen Wirkkala
kristen.wirkkala@vermont.gov
802-522-3742

WebGrants Technical Assistance

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

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

 

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