Agency of Agriculture announces $200K grants for Vermont specialty crops

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2024 fund program to focus on marketing, research, accessibility, climate resilience, and other grower challenges. 

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announces $200,000 in grant funds to strengthen Vermont’s specialty crop industries and producer associations. Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture crops (including honey, hops, maple syrup and mushrooms), and nursery crops (including Christmas trees and floriculture).  

Interested applicants should apply by January 14, 2024 at 11:59 PM

These grant funds will enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by leveraging efforts to market and promote specialty crops, assisting producers with research and development, expanding availability and access to specialty crops, or addressing local, regional, and national challenges for producers. 

Any entity may apply, but projects must benefit more than one specialty crop business, individual, or organization.  In 2024, driven by feedback from stakeholders, an additional funding priority has been added for applicants to focus on: climate adaptation and resilience. 

To apply, download the Request for Applications at agriculture.vermont.gov/grants/specialtycrop. The pre-application process will open December 4, 2024. Applicants must submit a pre-application by January 14, 2024 at 11:59 PM. A review committee will invite the top-ranking projects to submit full applications.   

VAAFM will conduct an information session webinar for all prospective applicants on December 12, 2023 at 3:00 PM–4:00 PM. Register for the information session webinar at bit.ly/2024SCBGPWebinar.  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) awards Specialty Crop Block Grants to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. In Vermont, VAAFM administers these funds to enhance the competitiveness of Vermont specialty crops. Funds are awarded through a competitive review process guided by industry, nonprofit and government stakeholders.

Contact: Madison Berry | VAAFM Specialty Crop Block Program Coordinator | [email protected]

Source: Montpelier, VT - November 22, 2023. Vermont Agency of Agriculture

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