Water Quality Grants

  • The Viability Program provides grants of up to $40,000 to help Vermont farmers invest in water quality-related on-farm infrastructure. This program is funded by the State of Vermont.

    Eligible Applicants

    Any Vermont farm with a gross farm income of $15,000 or more that is required to comply with Vermont’s Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs)

    Eligible Projects

    Projects to make on-farm capital improvements that also have direct, positive impacts on water quality are eligible for funding. The following types of projects have been funded in the past: 

    • 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 (*Note: Applications for equipment must include a price quote).

    A minimum of one-to-one match funding is required.

    Read about previously awarded Water Quality Grants in FY 2017 and FY 2018.


    Applications submitted in advance of the following dates will be reviewed for funding: 

    • Friday, November 8, 2019
    • EXTENDED - Friday, March 27, 2020***

    If you have questions or difficulty meeting the extended deadline, please contact Ashia Gallo at @emailor 802-828-5562.

    Application Materials

    Please read the APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS before beginning your application.

    UPDATE 3.16.20: 

    Electronic submission update: We ask that all farmers submit applications electronically as VHCB staff will be working remotely until further notice as of March 17, 2020. 

    • Instructions for submitting grant applications through our electronic system are found in the APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS. If you have trouble using this system, email Ashia Gallo at @email. If you unable to use the online system or otherwise uncomfortable submitting your application electronically, please email Ashia Gallo to navigate alternate options.

    Here is the GRANT APPLICATION.

    This CHECKLIST lists all required application materials. 

    Application submission instructions are on pages 4-5 of the application instructions. 


    If you have questions about this grant, please contact Ashia Gallo at @email or 828-5562.

Recent Success Stories

Caleb Smith, Dorset Peak Jerseys

Dorset Peak Jerseys Awarded Water Quality Grant

In November 2017, Caleb & Jessie Smith, owners of Dorset Peak Jerseys in Danby, VT, were awarded a $40,000 Water Quality Grant to build a covered barnyard & freestall barn.