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Working Land Enterprise Initiative opens two grant opportunities

Small Ax Farm. VAAFM’s photo.

$140,000 in grants totaling 23 fiscal years will support Vermont worksite service providers and producer associations

Vermont Business Magazine The first round of Working Lands Enterprise Initiative applications for fiscal year 2023 will be launched. The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) issues his two applications (RFAs) totaling $140,000. This will allow Vermont’s working land service provider organizations and producer associations to invest in projects focused on governance and leadership, as well as workforce development and building executive business skills. Read the RFA (link below) to learn about the application process and review your application questions. The application deadline is August 12th. The application deadline is September 23rd.

  • Producer Association Grant: aWard Amount $10,000 – $20,000 | Up to $65,000 Total

The Vermont-based Nonprofit Producers Association Group, which represents and promotes Vermont’s agriculture, food, beverage, forest, or textile products, welcomes applications. To review the application for the Producer Association Development Grant, please click here: FY23 Working Lands Producer Association Grants.

  • Service provider subsidy: aWard Amount $10,000 – $20,000 | Up to $75,000 Total

The Service Provider Grant project includes direct and indirect services to support the development of a Vermont-based Working Lands business through business assistance such as marketing plans, business and financial planning, and business transition and succession. Offer included. To review the Service Provider Grant Request for your application, please click here: FY23 Working Lands Service Provider Grant.

Important dates and deadlines:

July 29, 2022: Request for Applications (RFA) released

· August 12, 2022: Start accepting applications

· September 23, 2022: Application deadline

・Late October 2022: Notification of grant decision to applicants

November 2022: Grantee submission deadline

・December 2022/January 2023: Project start date

Additional funding opportunities are available this year for working land businesses in the agriculture, food and forestry sectors. Visit and or sign up for our Agricultural Development Newsletter to stay up to date.

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The Working Land Enterprise Initiative (WLEI) and Steering Committee (WLEB) was established by Congress in 2012 to promote economic development in the agricultural and forestry sectors. WLEI is a joint effort between the Agriculture, Food and Markets Authority, the Ministry of Forests, Parks and Recreation and the Commerce and Regional Development Authority.

About the Working Land Enterprise Initiative – The mission of the Working Land Enterprise Initiative is to grow the economy, culture and communities of Vermont’s Working Landscape. The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) makes critical and catalytic investments in key leverage points in Vermont’s farm and forest economy and supports policy development to optimize agriculture and forest use of Vermont’s land. We do this by promoting.

August 1, 2022 | Montpelier, Vermont – Vermont Agriculture, Food and Market Authority