Funding obtainable to help Vermont farm, meals, forest companies

$450,000 Eligible to Spend money on Enterprise Enhancement Initiatives

Vermont Enterprise Journal Farm, meals, and forest companies can apply now for Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Enterprise Enhancement Grants. The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) is releasing a request for functions (RFA) totaling $450,000 that may permit Vermont farm, meals, and forest companies to put money into enterprise enhancement initiatives, similar to market, infrastructure, and workforce growth. Please learn the RFA (hyperlink beneath) to find out about eligible initiatives, the applying course of, and evaluation the applying questions. The appliance will open for submission September 23, 2022.  The appliance deadline is October 28, 2022.   

  • Enterprise Enhancement Grant: Award quantities from $20,000 – $35,000   

The Enterprise Enhancement Grant covers the identical sorts of eligible initiatives as the previous Customary Enterprise Grant, however with an elevated most allowable award (previously $25,000; now $35,000) to account for inflation and rising enterprise prices. To evaluation the Enterprise Enhancement Grant request for functions, click on right here: FY23 Enterprise Enhancement Grant RFA 

Key Dates and Deadlines:  

  • Request for Purposes (RFA) launched: September 9, 2022  
  • Webinar with Q&A: September 15, 2022 from 12:00-1:00 PM – register right here.  
  • Utility opens for submission: September 23, 2022 at 12:00 PM (midday)  
  • Utility deadline: October 28, 2022 at 11:59 PM  
  • Candidates notified of funding choices: January 2023  
  • Estimated challenge begin date: February 2023  

There will probably be a further funding alternative launched this Fall particularly for major producers. Extra details about this grant, go to for extra data. 

Please go to and or join the Agriculture Growth Publication for WLEI updates.   

The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI) and governing board (WLEB) have been created by the legislature in 2012 to stimulate financial growth within the agricultural and forestry sectors. WLEI is a collaborative effort between the Company of Agriculture, Meals, and Markets, Division of Forest, Parks, and Recreation, and the Company of Commerce and Group Growth.  

September 9, 2022 | Montpelier, VT - Vermont Company of Agriculture, Meals and Markets. Working Lands Enterprise Initiative

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