With grant funds donated by Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy, the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program provides grants of up to $40,000 on a competitive basis to Vermont dairy farm members of St. Albans Cooperative Creamery and Dairy Farmers of America to make on-farm improvements that have a positive impact on farm viability, milk production, or milk quality.
This grant program is a partnership between the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, Commonwealth Dairy, the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Dairy Farmers of America, Housing Vermont, and the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation. The application deadlines listed below are the final opportunities to access funding through this program; no further rounds Dairy Improvement Grants are expected.
Vermont dairy farm members of:
- Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), or
- St. Albans Cooperative Creamery
Projects must have a positive impact on farm viability, milk production, or milk quality. Projects that make on-farm capital improvements in the following areas are eligible for funding:
- Construction, renovation, or upgrades to farm infrastructure
- Purchase of equipment that will be used frequently; is essential to the business; cannot be rented; and leads to innovative farm practices
Read this document to figure out whether you should apply for a dairy improvement grant or a water quality grant.
The Viability Program has awarded over 60 Dairy Improvement Grants since 2014. Read summaries of recent grant awards here. Each year the Viability Program compiles a report on the impacts of these grants. The most recent Dairy Improvement Grant Progress Report can be found here.
Applications submitted in advance of the following dates will be reviewed for funding:
- Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Please read the APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS before beginning your application.
Application submission instructions are on page 4 of the application instructions.
If you have questions about this grant program, please contact Katie Michels at 828-5587 or katie [at] vhcb.org.
Dairy Improvement Grants
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Aires Hill Farm Awarded Funds for Monitoring Technology
Karie Atherton, owner of Aires Hill Farm in Berkshire, Vermont, received a $40,000 Dairy grant to buy a cow activity & milk monitoring system.