Specialty Crop Grant Opportunities

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets (VAAFM) announces $500,000 in grant funds to strengthen Vermont’s specialty crop industries and producer associations. Two funding opportunities are available:

2022 Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program: Grant funds will enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by leveraging efforts to market and promote specialty crops, assisting producers with research and development, expanding availability and access to specialty crops, or addressing local, regional, and national challenges for producers. Any entity may apply, but projects must benefit more than one specialty crop business, individual, or organization.

Specialty Crop Producer Association Grant: This grant opportunity will support producer associations that serve specialty crop businesses. Eligible applicants are producer associations, cooperatives, and groups of producers/businesses. Service providers that serve producer associations, cooperatives, and groups of producers are also eligible. This grant is possible thanks to additional federal funding from a COVID-19 related stimulus bill.

Learn more and apply here.

The deadline to apply for both opportunities is February 27, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

Source: Vermont Business Magazine –Specialty Crop Grant Opportunities

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