Water Quality Grants

  • The Viability Program provides grants of up to $40,000 to help Vermont farmers invest in water quality-related on-farm infrastructure. This program is funded by the State of Vermont.

    Eligible Applicants

    Any Vermont farm with a gross farm income of $15,000 or more that is required to comply with Vermont’s Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs).

    Read this document to figure out if you should apply for a water quality grant or dairy improvement grant. 

    Eligible Projects

    Projects to make on-farm capital improvements that also have direct, positive impacts on water quality are eligible for funding. The following types of projects have been funded in the past: 

    • 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

    A minimum of one-to-one match funding is required.

    Read about previously awarded water quality grants. 


    Applications submitted in advance of the following dates will be reviewed for funding: 

    • Monday, August 13, 2018
    • Wednesday, November 7, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Application Materials

    Please read the APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS before beginning your application.

    Download the GRANT APPLICATION here.

    Application submission instructions are on pages 4-5 of the application instructions. 


    If you have questions about this grant, please contact Katie Michels at 828-5587.

Stories from our work

Cindy Kayhart, Chalker Farm

Chalker Farm in Vergennes Awarded Funds for Capital Improvements & Conservation

In less than a year, VHCB invested just under $129,000 to conserve the farmland, improve water quality and support the continued viability of Brian & Cindy Kayhart's Chalker Farm in Vergennes.