Grants of up to $75,000 to Vermont nonprofit and for-profit organizations for projects that improve agricultural and forest use across the state. Applicants must register in the application portal and submit a pre-application prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support capital projects and research that enhance production, improve processing, and expand market reach. Supply Chain Impact Grants must demonstrate how the market or product the applicant is developing or expanding will positively impact multiple businesses within its own supply chain.
Projects require collaboration with other enterprises, wherein benefits of project completion will be realized throughout the respective supply chain. The commitment of and/or support for both supply of raw materials and demand for product output must be demonstrated for the application to be competitive for these limited funds. This includes specification of the role(s) that partner/stakeholder(s) will play in the proposed project, identification of financial or in-kind support they will provide (if applicable), and demonstration of other specific contributions they will make to ensure project success. Project focus areas:Infrastructure improvements supporting increased production, distribution; and/or distribution of a commodity or value-added product(s), thus benefiting the applicant and additional enterprises;Infrastructure improvements that support increased production, processing,Leveraging supply chain partnerships; to reach new or larger markets, e.g. via product aggregation, co-branding, vertical or horizontal efficiencies, etc.Research and design for operations and/or product development (e.g., e-commerce, home delivery, curbside pick-up, blockchain technologies).