Water Quality Grants
With funds made available by the State of Vermont, the Viability Program provides grants of up to $40,000 to help Vermont farmers make capital expenditures to invest in water quality-related on-farm infrastructure.
Any Vermont farm with a gross farm income of $15,000 or more, that is also required to comply with Vermont’s Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs).
Projects that require capital expenditures for on-farm improvements in the following areas that also have direct, positive impacts on water quality are eligible for funding:
- Construction, renovation, or upgrades to farm infrastructure
- Purchase of equipment that will be used frequently; is essential to the business; cannot be rented; and leads to innovative farm practices
A minimum of one-to-one match funding is required.
To ensure that applications are complete and properly submitted, it is highly recommended that all applicants read the Application Instructions prior to working on the application.
A print version of the Water Quality Grant application is available here.
Round 1: Fri., October 13, 2017
Round 2: Wed., November 15, 2017
Round 3: Wed., February 21, 2018
Water Quality vs. Dairy Improvement Grants?
If you are unsure which grant program to apply for, this information sheet gives a side-by-side comparison of the two grant programs, their dates, eligibility requirements and application requirements.
Questions & Assistance With Your Application
There will be three information sessions open to the public where Viability Program staff will discuss both the grant programs and field questions:
• September 20, 2017. 10a-12p, St. Albans: St. Albans Free Library, 11 Maiden Lane.
• September 21, 2017. 10a-12p, Rutland: Neighborworks of Western Vermont, 110 Marble St.
• September 22, 2017. 10a-12p, Hartland: Hartland Public Library, 153 US-5.
If you have questions further about this grant, please contact Katie Michels at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-5587.