Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program Announces Request For Applications for Business Assistance Providers across the Northern Border region (NY, VT, NH & ME)

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB), in partnership with The Blueprint, are pleased to announce funding available for organizations to provide one-on-one business planning and technical assistance to farm and food businesses, across the Northern Border region of NY, VT, NH and ME.

This Request for Applications (RFA) offers eligible entities the opportunity to apply for up to $100,000 to provide one-on-one business advising services to farm and food businesses in the Northern Border region of NY, VT, NH and ME, under contract with VHCB. Contracts will cover activities from May 1, 2020 to November 30, 2021 (19 months). Applicants can apply to provide one or more types of business and technical assistance, including business planning, transfer/succession planning, cash flow & enterprise analysis, targeted technical assistance, and business coaching.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Letter of Interest early in the process, and by March 11 at the latest, to initiate communications with VHCB staff. ***Application deadline extended to April 8, 2020.*** Applications should be submitted electronically to @email as a PDF.

In total, VHCB has $390,000 to award, with the intent to provide in depth business and technical assistance to a minimum of 78 farm and food businesses in the Northern Border region. Contracts will be awarded to between 4-10 organizations across the four-state region. Collaborative submissions are encouraged and subcontracting to technical assistance providers, including to other organizations, consultants or firms is expected, although not required.

For additional information about eligibility, application instructions, and history of this initiative, please download the Request For Applications PDF below: