Water Quality Grants

Mary Ann and Jonathan Connor, who own Providence Dairy in Addison, received a Dairy Improvement Grant in 2015 to help build this lane-way and transition to a more pasture-based operation. A similar project would be a good fit for our new Water Quality Grants. (Photo: Cheryl Cesario)

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.

Eligible Applicants

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).

Eligible Projects

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.

Application

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.

The preferred submission method is through our online application portal: www.surveymonkey.com/r/waterquality01 (IMPORTANT: Remember to include a complete Budget Sheet with your online submission.)

A print version of the Water Quality Grant application is available here.

Deadlines

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 katie@vhcb.org or 828-5587.