VHCB Water Quality Grants Available for Vermont Farms: Currently accepting applications for up to $40,000

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, has grant funds available for on-farm capital improvement projects that have a positive impact on water quality. Eligible farmers can apply for a Water Quality Grant, which provides $5,000 to $40,000 in funding. Matching funds are required and may include federal or state grants as well as cash, loans, or labor. Applications are due by *March 27, 2020*. More information, eligibility requirements, and applications are available on the Viability Program Website at: https://vhcb.org/WQG

Water Quality Grants help farmers make water quality-related capital improvements that enhance manure management and soil health, reduce runoff, and ultimately support the long-term success of farm enterprises. The grants assist with the costs of improvements required to comply with new regulations and are designed to complement existing federal & state grant programs. These grants are funded by the State of Vermont through Vermont’s Capital Construction and State Bonding Act.

Questions about the program should be directed to Katie Michels at @email or 802-828-5587.

 

Jones Farm Hoop House Heifer Manure Storage Project, constructed with 2018 VHCB Water Quality Grant; Craftsbury, VT. (Photo: M. Noth/VHCB) Jones Farm Hoop House Heifer Manure Storage Project, constructed with 2018 VHCB Water Quality Grant; Craftsbury, VT. (Photo: VHCB)

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The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program provides business planning, technical assistance, and ownership transfer planning to farm, food and forest products businesses. For more information about the Viability Program, please visit www.vhcb.org/viability.