News

September 26, 2019

Grants Available for Infrastructure Improvements that Enhance Water Quality
The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the VT Housing & Conservation Board, has grant funds available for on-farm capital improvement projects that have a positive impact on water quality. Eligible farmers can apply for a Water Quality Grant, which provides $5,000 to $40,000 in funding. Matching funds are required and may include federal or state grants as well as cash, loans, or labor. Application deadlines are November 8, 2019 and February 7, 2020. More information, eligibility requirements, and applications are available on the Viability Program Website.

August 23, 2019

VHCB to receive $624,000 in funding to advance the agricultural economy by launching the Northeast Agricultural Business Assistance Network throughout the four-states in the NBRC region.

June 25, 2019

The Viability Program awarded a total of $507,000 to fourteen farms in Addison, Orleans, and Rutland counties, leveraging an additional $4.9 million for capital improvement projects and matched by the farmers’ funds, bank loans, and grant funding from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

May 13, 2019

Windham Grows, a business accelerator for food and agriculture businesses operated by Strolling of the Heifers, is accepting applications to its new cohort.

March 21, 2019

​​​​​​​The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, awarded a total of $268,684 to nine Vermont farms in March through its most recent round of Water Quality and Dairy Improvement Grants.

March 14, 2019

"Without that [Viability] program, our farm would not be in place." - Ashlyn Bristle, Rebop Farm
A profile of Rebop Farm in the Brattleboro Reformer highlights the work of VHCB's Viability Program.

October 23, 2018

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, awarded a total of $370,136 to 11 Vermont farms through its most recent round of Water Quality and Dairy Improvement Grants.

March 12, 2018

A summary of Dairy Improvement and Water Quality Grant decisions from March 2018.

November 17, 2017

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, announced today the availability of grant funds for on-farm capital improvement projects.

August 30, 2017

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, awarded a total of $407,834 in Dairy Improvement Grants to 11 dairy farmers, in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, Essex, Grand Isle, and Orleans counties, for on-farm infrastructure projects. These funds are matched by over $1.2 million of additional investments in order to complete their projects.