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Rutland, VT, 05701
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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program - available funding now!

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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program - available funding now!

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To Southern VT Farmers & Ag-related Organizations - Grant funding available for 2017 for your specialty crop ideas and enterprises - Letters of Intent due March 15th, 2017, and full applications are due May 12, 2017. Please see more information below!

Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program – 2017 Request for Proposals Now Available

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds for the purpose of enhancing the competitiveness of Vermont specialty crops, defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture crops, honey, hops, maple syrup, and nursery crops (including Christmas trees and floriculture). These funds are awarded through a competitive review process guided by industry, nonprofit and government stakeholders. Prospective applicants may download the Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) Request for Proposals on the Agency’s website at

Information Session

Register for the Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Information Session Webinar on February 7, 2017 at 3:00 PM:

  • In this webinar, you will gain an introduction to the Vermont SCBGP, the 2017 application process—including USDA standards for outcome measures—and our agency's online grants management system, WebGrants.
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details for joining the webinar.
  • The webinar will be recorded and made available on the Vermont SCBGP webpage at
  • To attend in person at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, RSVP to Kristina Sweet at or (802) 522-7811. Due to building restrictions, all visitors to the Agency of Agriculture must register in advance.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS) awards Specialty Crop Block Grants to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. In Vermont, the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) administers these funds to enhance the competitiveness of Vermont and regionally-grown specialty crops. VAAFM plans to award approximately $200,000 in SCBGP funds in 2017.

Applicants to the Vermont SCBGP must submit a letter of intent by March 15, 2017. A review committee will invite top-ranking projects to submit full proposals, which will be due by May 12, 2017.

Please share this announcement with your networks and direct any questions about the Vermont SCBGP to Kristina Sweet at or (802) 522-7811. Thank you for your help in getting the word out about this important funding opportunity for Vermont specialty crop industries!



Kristina M. Sweet

Produce Program Coordinator

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street | Montpelier, VT 05620 | (802) 522-7811

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