Business Plan Implementation Grants

  • The FY23 grant round is now Closed!

    Applicants who applied in 2023 will be notified of funding decisions in June. If funding is available for 2024 Implementation Grants, all eligible applicants will be notified in the spring of 2024. 

    Overview

    When funding is available, Farm & Forest Viability Implementation Grants are available on a competitive basis to farm businesses that have completed an up-to-date business plan or transfer plan through the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program to help implement specific goals of the business plans created through the program. 


    Cleary Family Farm The Cleary Family Farm in Plainfield received an Implementation Grant in 2014 to purchase an egg washer.

    Eligibility

    The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program is pleased to announce that grants of $1,000 to $10,000 are available on a competitive basis to Viability Program clients who participated in the program in 2022 or 2023.

    Applications are due Monday, April 24th, 2023, and decisions will be made in June 2023.

    Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, farm infrastructure construction, equipment, machinery upgrades, and energy efficiency projects that help a business meet business goals determined through their planning work. Focus areas for this grant are investments that:

    • Address climate change and climate adaptation
    • Improve and/or increase production or processing of local food or forest products

    Application Materials

    All eligible applicants should have been contacted and received online application information already. If you have not been contacted or would like to discuss alternate methods of submitting your application, please be in touch with Betsy McGavisk by email (@email) or phone (802-828-5562)


    Informational Sessions

    Viability Program staff will be available to answer application, eligibility, or business plan questions by email, phone, and at two virtual informational sessions. Register for these sessions using the links below:

     

     


    OPEN GRANTS

    If you have an open VHCB Implementation Grant and would like to request disbursement of funds, have an update on your project, or have other questions please reach out to Betsy McGavisk at @email or 802-828-5562.

    Funds may be disbursed once the project is complete and once invoices demonstrating that the award amount and any required match has been spent. Partial disbursements are available in extenuating circumstances, and please be in touch if you would like to discuss this option.