Media Advisory: Working Landscape Enterprise Board Announces the Release of $986,500 in Available Grant Funds


Noelle Karla Sevoian, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, 802-585-9072

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Announcement will take place on Thursday, November 29, 2012, 12:30 – 12:55 p.m. at the “Financing the Working Landscape conference”, sponsored by the National Bank of Middlebury, People’s United Bank, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Co-operative Insurance Companies, the Vermont Economic Development Authority and Yankee Farm Credit during the luncheon presentation at the American Legion, 49 Wilson Road, Middlebury, VT 05753. Keynote speaker Paul Costello, Executive Director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development, will speak at 12:30 to talk about the history of the Working Landscape Partnership, followed by the announcement of the Working Landscape fund availability.

The Working Lands Enterprise initiative, Act 142, created the Working Lands Enterprise Fund (WLEF) and the Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB). The WLEB is made up of private sector members throughout the supply chains of agriculture and forestry, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Vermont Housing Conservation Board, Vermont Economic Development Authority, and Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.

The three investment areas include:

1. Agriculture, Forestry & Forest Products: Enterprise Investments
($3,000-$15,000 grants, Required Minimum 25% cash match of grant amount requested)

2. Agriculture, Forestry & Forest Products: Working Lands Service Provider Grants
($10,000 - $100,000 grants, Required Minimum 50% cash and in-kind match of grant amount requested)

3. Agriculture, Forestry & Forest Products: Capital and Infrastructure Investments
($15,000 - $100,000 grants, Required Minimum 1:1 Match (in-kind and at least 50% cash) of grant amount requested)

For more details please see the attached document.

To attend the announcement please R.S.V.P. to:
Billy Connelly, Marketing & Communications
Addison County Economic Development Corporation
Office – 802-388-7953
Mobile – 802-448-0268
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