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August 27, 2018

Working Lands Grants Available for Vermont Food, Forestry and Wood Products Ventures

$700K Grants Available for Investment in FY 2019

The Working Lands Enterprise Board announces the 2019 Service Provider request for application release dates. Types of technical assistance provided for Service Providers may include: Market development, marketing plans, and sales; Business and financial planning; Succession planning; Access to capital; Manufacturing efficiencies or process flow; research and development; and/or pilot programs.

* Request for Applications Released: September 4, 2018

* Letters of Intent Due: September 27, 2018

* Applicant Notification of Acceptance/Denial (Letter of Intent): October 19, 2018

* Invited Applications Due: January 3, 2018

* Applicant Notification: End of January 2019

* Estimated Project Start Date: February-March 2019

FY 2019 Program Year

This year, approximately $700,000 is available for investment into farm, food systems, forestry, and forest products enterprises. Funds will be disbursed in (2) investment areas: Business Grants and Service Provider Grants.

History of Success to Date

The WLEB began operations in August 2012 and today has awarded over $5.4 million in grant funds to 184 grantees, leveraging an additional over $8 million of matching and other funds. For a list of previously funded projects, visit

The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative is administered by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets in partnership with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. The initiative is led by the Working Lands Enterprise Board, made up of public and private sector members involved in agriculture, food, forestry, and wood products.

Media Contact: Scott Waterman, Director of Communications / Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, 802-828-2179

Working Lands Contact: Lynn Ellen Schimoler, Agricultural Business Development / Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, 802-622-4477,

Source: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Last Updated at: August 27, 2018 12:49:08