The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, has competitive grant funds available for on-farm capital improvement projects. Eligible farmers can apply for Water Quality Grants or Dairy Improvement Grants, both of which allow up to $40,000 in funding. Matching funds are required for both grants and may include federal or state grants as well as cash or loans. Applications are due Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Application materials, eligibility requirements, and additional information for both grant programs are available on the Viability Program website.
Information and applications for Dairy Improvement Grants, which are available to dairy farmers who are members of St. Albans Cooperative Creamery or Dairy Farmers of America:
Information and applications for Water Quality Grants, which are available to any Vermont farm with a gross farm income of $15,000 or more, that is also required to comply with Vermont’s Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs):