Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets Are you a primary producer of farm or forest products looking for funds to support market development, research and design, infrastructure improvements, energy projects, or workforce training and development?
Applications for the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Primary Producer Impact Grant, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), will be available soon! The request for applications will be released on October 28th, and the application portal will be open from November 9 – December 16. The application is a two-stage process, and applicants who advance to the second round will be notified in early February 2023. The estimated project start date is early summer 2023.
Applicants can apply for grants between $50,000 and $250,000 and must provide a 100% match. Only primary producers of farm and forest products are eligible to apply for the ARPA-Funded Primary Producer Impact Grant.
Examples of eligible primary production activities are farming, livestock rearing, sugaring, dairy, and logging. Applicants will need to provide a narrative description of their primary production activities and submit documents to confirm their status as a primary producer.
Primary producers looking for smaller dollar amount grants or secondary processors/producers should apply for the Business Enhancement Grant, due October 28th
The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) is recruiting cheesemakers and producers of other specialty dairy products to represent their products at SIAL Canada.
SIAL is Canada’s largest international food and beverage trade show hosted in Toronto from May 9 to May 11, 2023. As part of a regional value-added dairy pavilion hosted by the NE-DBIC, businesses will benefit from a suite of services and subsidized booth space.
Are you interested in learning more? Register now for the NE-DBIC’s hour-long SIAL Canada Participant Info Session on October 25th.
The Agriculture Development Division of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is seeking feedback on our weekly newsletter.
What started as a way to distribute up-to-date resources to the food and farm community during the COVID-19 pandemic has become a weekly newsletter highlighting funding and educational opportunities.
We are looking for concrete feedback to inform the direction of the newsletter. If you want to participate, your responses should take no more than five minutes. We sincerely appreciate you helping us improve this community resource.
The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has funding available through the American Rescue Plan Act to support businesses that continue to experience economic harm from COVID-19.
On November 1st, the application will open to all business sectors. Until now, it had only been available to priority businesses as defined by the State of Vermont.
Businesses must have fewer than 500 employees, have been in operation as of March 13th, 2020 and demonstrate economic harm from COVID-19.
You can download the application package here which includes a tool to calculate your eligibility and the size of your potential loan. Applicants are encouraged to seek technical assistance to determine their eligibility.