Vermont Working Lands Business Enhancement Grants
Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative
Closed October 28, 2022
Formerly called Standard Business Grants.
Capital projects are a high priority for businesses and the rising costs of materials and labor has affected businesses. The Business Enhancement grant funds the same eligible projects as the former Standard Business grant, but with a higher maximum allowable award to account for inflation and rising costs.
- Award amounts $20,000 - $35,000: *New funding range, was previously $10,000-25,000*
- Market development - Research and development - Infrastructure development - Energy focused projects - Workforce training and development
All enterprises must be based in Vermont and registered with the Secretary of State
Applicants must be in compliance with all state regulations (i.e. water quality, taxes) and in good standing with the State of Vermont
Previous Working Lands Standard Business and COVID-19 Response Business Development grantees are eligible to re-apply for funding during Fiscal Year 2023. Previous Working Lands Supply Chain Impact, Market Level Infrastructure Impact, or Meat Slaughter and Processing Development Grants are eligible to apply for further Working Lands funding after three years, meaning that Fiscal Year 2020 and earlier grantees are eligible to apply this year.
Primary producers looking for larger dollar amount grants may also be eligible to apply for the ARPA-Funded Primary Producer Impact Grant
Review the full Request for Applications for the complete details on eligible projects/applicants and the full application process.
Register in WebGrants (may take up to two business days).
Visit the Working Lands application frequently asked questions for resources and to get support on your application.
Complete your application in WebGrants using our Application Guide between September 23 and October 28, 2022.
Key Dates and Deadlines
September 9, 2022: Request for Applications (RFA) released
September 15, 2022: Applicant webinar with Q&A from 12-1pm. Watch the recording here and view the slides here.
September 23, 2022: Application opens for submission
October 28, 2022: Application deadline
Early January 2023: Applicants notified of funding decisions
Late January 2023: Grantee documentation due
February 2023: Estimated project start date
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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Cost Share
- Cover Crops
- Forest Management
- Certified Grassfed
- High Tunnel
- Certified Organic
- Air Quality
- Alternative Energy
- Soil Health
- Wildlife and Pollinator Habitat
- Water Quality
- Precision Ag
- Nutrient Management
- Carbon Capture
- Grazing Management
- Reduced Inputs
Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program (PARP)
Farm Service Agency · Due Jun 2
- Trade Relief
- Socially Disadvantaged
Direct Farm Operating Loan
Farm Service Agency
- Animal Purchase
- Cash Rent
- Pest Management
- Legal & Finance
- Water Management
- Waterway Protection
- Water Quality
- Reduced Tillage
September 23, 2022
October 28, 2022
Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI)
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Maximum Award Amount
Total Program Funding
Updated February 5, 2023
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