Vermont Business Magazine The Working Lands program announces historic funding for those who make their living off the land. The Program has awarded $2.1 in grants that will help grow agriculture and small businesses in Vermont. This latest round of funding will address meat slaughter and processing bottlenecks, supply chain resiliency, marketing plans and overall business development.
Under the leadership of Governor Phil Scott and the Legislature a total of $5.294 million was allocated to the Working Lands Program this year. Another $3.2 million in Working Lands Program grants will be announced in the spring.
So far this year, working lands businesses and organizations in the following categories will receive Working Lands Enterprise Program awards: (Please follow the link in each category to view the individual businesses receiving 2022 program funds.)
“The Working Lands Program continues to emphasize impacts to a diverse range of agriculture and forestry businesses, including funding to organizations that provide viability assistance with a focus on enterprises building executive business skills,” said Lynn Ellen Schimoler, Program Lead. “This initiative supports Vermont entrepreneurs by providing financial assistance to help business create jobs, build infrastructure, and promote growth in economies and communities of Vermont’s working landscape.”
Scott Farm in Windham County – received a $24,999 grant for value-added product development.
Awards from this program also support farmers, producers, markets and co-ops that make up our food system; Vermont loggers, foresters and forest products businesses managing our natural resources; and service provider organizations that help strengthen our supply chain.
Grants include funding to assist with business and financial planning, business responses to COVID-19, enterprise transitions for next generation business owners and post succession, access to capital, manufacturing efficiencies or process flow, and more.
Addison County Relocalization Network, Inc. (ACORN) $20,000 for Champlain Valley Food Hub business plan and feasibility study.
Chittenden County Center for Women & Enterprise
$20,000 for business planning for women-owned working lands businesses in Vermont. Vermont Grape and Wine Council
$82,017 for a continuum of business development services for early stage farmers. Paul, Frank, and Collins
Northeast Organic Farming Association – Vermont $12,000 to create an American Viticultural Area (AVA) for the Champlain Valley of Vermont.