Farm to School Vision Grant opens Thursday, up to $38,000

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Farm to School Vision Grant opens Thursday, up to $38,000

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 7:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Farm to School Vision Grant opens this Thursday, April 15th. This new grant program is part of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Market's Farm to School Program. The purpose of the grant is to help communities build better food systems through youth education and empowerment. We know that passionate people from all over the state are working with youth to help make more just, sustainable and compassionate local food systems and we want to help amplify those efforts. 

Up to $38,000 is available to support projects that help youth learn about and engage in issues related to agriculture, nutrition, health and related fields. We are specifically interested in projects that offer innovative and impactful approaches, can be scaled or replicated and address contemporary issues such as: climate change, COVID-19, food insecurity, racial and social justice, food sovereignty and others.  

Vermont schools and licensed and/or registered childcare providers are eligible to apply. Non-profits or community organizations that conduct programming in Vermont are also eligible, but must apply as a co-applicant with an eligible school or childcare. 

Deadline to Apply: May 12

Learn More Here
Help for Disadvantaged Farmers

Two million dollars is available to support cooperative agreements with organizations interested in providing outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. Non-profits, tribal governments and organizations, and state-run higher education institutions are eligible to apply. Awards will range from $20,000 to $99,999 for agreements lasting six months to one year. 

Deadline to Apply: May 5

Local Food in Your Community

Check out the Local Food in Your Community (LYFC) Grant, available to support projects focused on expanding direct-to-consumer and retail markets for Vermont specialty crop producers. Visit the program website for a variety of resources. Download and review the request for application, watch a short video with answers to frequently asked questions, find resources to help you explore eligibility and allowable costs, and submit questions related to your project.

Deadline to Apply: May 6 @ Noon 

Funds for High Tunnels, Irrigation

Up to $200,000 in financial assistance is available through the Agricultural Management Assistance program to help eligible producers implement conservation practices such as high tunnels, micro-irrigation and other water related practices. Priority in Vermont will be given to historically underserved groups, such as new and beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, and veteran farmers. 

Deadline to Apply: May 14

Agritourism Webinar Series

Interested in exploring agritourism opportunities for your business? Join this free webinar to hear stories from around the world about the relationship between agritourism and culinary tourism. Focused on food and drink tourism, our panelists will describe how they foster shared experiences that embrace an authentic taste of place -- and attract tourists interested in supporting localized foodways and rural livelihoods. 

Webinar Date: April 20 @ Noon


Source: Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets