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. 

    An overview of the Water Quality Grant program in FY 2018 is available here. 


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

    • Wednesday, November 7, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Application Materials

    Please read the APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS before beginning your application.

    Download the GRANT APPLICATION here. Please review this CHECKLIST to be sure you have all required application materials. 

    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.