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October 14, 2020

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, awarded a total of $956,000 to 30 farms in Addison, Caledonia, Chittenden, Franklin, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, and Windham Counties to support capital investments that improve water quality. Some of these awards will also support businesses in their recovery from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants leveraged an additional $3.1 million for capital improvement projects, including farmer investment, bank loans, and grant funding from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM).

September 2, 2020

Learn about recent VHCB awards, new housing under construction statewide, recent conservation projects, COVID programs providing assistance for renters, homeowners, and landlords, updates from Viability, VHCB AmeriCorps, Healthy & Lead-Safe Homes, staff changes, and more...

June 10, 2020

The national trauma that is the murder of George Floyd at the knee of a police “training” officer has horrified us. In the weeks preceding this awful event we saw the murders of Ahmaud Arbury and Breonna Taylor. What is more troubling are the many, many incidents of racism that American society and culture has for generations too easily accepted, either without notice or without sufficient outrage to demand and result in change.

May 14, 2020

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, is expanding services to help working lands businesses navigate urgent needs related to COVID-19. Funding for these new services is provided through generous support of $50,000 from the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI).

March 17, 2020

Corona Virus Update

In the face of the growing Corona Virus pandemic, and with the health and well-being of our staff and community our main concern, the VHCB office will be closed to the public, and staff will be working remotely until further notice.

February 27, 2020

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, has grant funds available for on-farm capital improvement projects that have a positive impact on water quality. Eligible farmers can apply for a Water Quality Grant, which provides $5,000 to $40,000 in funding.

Applications are due by *March 27, 2020.* More information, eligibility requirements, and applications are available on the Viability Program Website at: https://vhcb.org/WQG

February 6, 2020

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB), in partnership with The Blueprint, are pleased to announce funding available for organizations to provide one-on-one business planning and technical assistance to farm and food businesses, across the Northern Border region of NY, VT, NH and ME. (***Application deadline extended to April 8, 2020!)

December 6, 2019

At an event at the St. Albans Creamery, VHCB announced $410,944 in Dairy Improvement Grants to 12 Vermont farms. The grants are made possible by funding from Commonwealth Dairy.

September 26, 2019

Grants Available for Infrastructure Improvements that Enhance Water Quality
The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the VT Housing & Conservation Board, has grant funds available for on-farm capital improvement projects that have a positive impact on water quality. Eligible farmers can apply for a Water Quality Grant, which provides $5,000 to $40,000 in funding. Matching funds are required and may include federal or state grants as well as cash, loans, or labor. Application deadlines are November 8, 2019 and March 20, 2020. More information, eligibility requirements, and applications are available on the Viability Program Website.

August 23, 2019

VHCB to receive $624,000 in funding to advance the agricultural economy by launching the Northeast Agricultural Business Assistance Network throughout the four-states in the NBRC region.

June 25, 2019

The Viability Program awarded a total of $507,000 to fourteen farms in Addison, Orleans, and Rutland counties, leveraging an additional $4.9 million for capital improvement projects and matched by the farmers’ funds, bank loans, and grant funding from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

March 21, 2019

​​​​​​​The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, awarded a total of $268,684 to nine Vermont farms in March through its most recent round of Water Quality and Dairy Improvement Grants.

March 14, 2019

"Without that [Viability] program, our farm would not be in place." - Ashlyn Bristle, Rebop Farm
A profile of Rebop Farm in the Brattleboro Reformer highlights the work of VHCB's Viability Program.

October 23, 2018

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, awarded a total of $370,136 to 11 Vermont farms through its most recent round of Water Quality and Dairy Improvement Grants.

March 12, 2018

A summary of Dairy Improvement and Water Quality Grant decisions from March 2018.

November 17, 2017

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, announced today the availability of grant funds for on-farm capital improvement projects.

August 30, 2017

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, awarded a total of $407,834 in Dairy Improvement Grants to 11 dairy farmers, in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, Essex, Grand Isle, and Orleans counties, for on-farm infrastructure projects. These funds are matched by over $1.2 million of additional investments in order to complete their projects.