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Subject: Food safety grant announcement
Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2013 14:11:43 -0400
From: Liz Gleason <[log in to unmask]>
To: Ela Chapin <[log in to unmask]>

Hi all,


The Vermont Farm Viability Program is holding its 4th round of grant funding for agricultural infrastructure businesses since 2009. This funding is specifically geared towards businesses processing, storing, aggregating, or distributing local food that need capital for food safety improvements. Please see the announcement below and the attached application for more info, and please pass this on to relevant partners and businesses.



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Liz Gleason, Program Coordinator

Vermont Farm Viability Program

VT Housing & Conservation Board

58 E. State Street

Montpelier, VT 05602





$47,000 in funding available on a competitive basis!


Deadline for applications: July 31, 2013

Eligible entities: Business or cooperatives. Nonprofits and municipalities are not eligible.

Eligible uses of funds: Construction, equipment, or other investments that directly enhance food safety practices.


Thanks to funding from a private foundation, the Vermont Farm Viability Program is able to provide grants of up to $20,000 to assist agricultural infrastructure businesses in Vermont with the implementation of food safety investments. Our goal is to encourage ongoing business planning by food system businesses and enhance the development of agricultural and local food infrastructure in Vermont.


            To qualify, the business must:


·         Be undertaking a project that improves their food safety practices

·         Be primarily involved in the processing, storage, marketing, and/or distribution of local agricultural products;

·         Be located (preferably headquartered) in Vermont;

·         Be providing services to, or aggregating products from, at least five VT farm businesses; and

·         Have a business plan that meets our Program’s business plan guidelines and that supports the project for which funding is requested.


            A preference will be made towards businesses that produce, store or distribute products primarily    made with ingredients/products which are produced in Vermont or adjacent local areas, and    businesses working to improve their ability to source local ingredients and/or products.



APPLICATIONS: Grant applications are available online at www.vhcb.org/viability.html.  Please contact Liz Gleason at the Vermont Farm Viability Program for further information or to enroll in our business planning program.

Liz Gleason, Vermont Farm Viability Program Coordinator: [log in to unmask] or 802-828-3370