The Vermont Farm Women’s Fund (VFWF) is offering its next round of grants to help women farmers improve their businesses or become more involved in agricultural policy development. The proposal deadline is December 11, 2013. In the past, VFWF awards have helped farmers research and develop new products; conduct feasibility studies; and attend workshops, conferences and classes to build leadership skills and to learn new marketing, business management and value-added production skills.
The fund provides two kinds of awards: Farm Business Development awards provide support for education and travel related to helping recipients improve aspect of their business. Leadership Development awards provide support to help women farmers develop skills, access and opportunities to provide leadership in agricultural policy development. Additionally, applicants may request funds to help defray associated travel, childcare, and replacement labor.
Grants are now capped at $1000. Since its first round of funding in May 2008, the fund has awarded scholarships and stipends to thirty-eight women. The average award size has been $608.
The deadline for submitting applications for the upcoming award cycle is December 11, 2013. Visit http://www.uvm.edu/~vfwf for more information. Click on the “Upcoming Deadlines and Applications” link on the left to get to the online application form.
The Vermont Farm Women’s fund was initially established by Vermont author and photographer Peter Miller, who donated a percentage of the sales of his book "Vermont Farm Women," to the fund. The University of Vermont Extension, through the Women’s Agricultural Network (WAgN), serves as the fiscal agent for the fund and administers the grant award process. A panel of Vermont farm women makes award decisions.
University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.