Working Lands Business Grants Available

The VT Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) recently announces the 2019 Business Grants request for applications. The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative supports innovative entrepreneurs at the forefront of Vermont’s Working Lands economy through technical and financial assistance to help growing businesses thrive. The program is made possible through the support of the state legislature, multiple state organizations and public/private donors. Interested VT entrepreneurs should visit the Working Lands Enterprise website HERE to begin the application process. The application deadline is Thursday November, 8, 2018.

Project applications may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Infrastructure: project specific planning, permitting, and/or engineering/architectural plans; purchase and/or construction of physical assets (i.e., building and equipment costs).
  • Marketing: accessing new markets and securing new customers, including institutional & wholesale market expansion.
  • Research & Development: testing new systems or technologies or developing innovative solutions.

For the Fiscal Year FY2019 Program Year, approximately $700,000 is available for investment into farm, food systems, forestry, and forest products enterprises.  More information on the Request for Application process, including important program dates, can be found on the Working Lands website here.

The WLEB began operations in August 2012 and 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 http://workinglands.vermont.gov/projects.

For any questions, contact Lynn Ellen Schimoler, Agricultural Business Development with the VT Agency of Ag, Food, & Markets at 802-622-4477.

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