Farmer Resilience Grants

A farmer sells spring greens in May 2020 The NOFA-VT Farmer Resilience Grants provide emergency funds to help farmers mitigate the impact of the COVID pandemic as they pivot their operations and respond to the unexpected changes brought about by this crisis.  

Examples of eligible uses of the fund include (but are not limited to): 

  • Food safety upgrades
  • Customer safety upgrades 
  • Operating costs associated with expanding production in 2020
  • Cost associated with on-line sales and adapting distribution systems

NOFA-VT member farms, as well as farms certified by VOF who have had their businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply to the fund.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling, first come first serve basis.  Funds will be awarded to farmers applying for projects that clearly support the viability of their farm businesses.  

Grant awards will be distributed on a reimbursement basis.  Funds will also be distributed on a retroactive reimbursement basis to cover applicable costs incurred as of March 18, 2020 if proper documentation of costs is presented along with the application.

The maximum grant award available is $1,000. Please provide the total project cost and details about how the grant award will be used to complete the project.

At this time the first round of grant funding has closed.  We will be reviewing applications and issuing decisions shortly.  Please watch this space for future grant rounds as more funding becomes available.

Please note: if you were awarded an Vermont Family Farmer of the Month award in 2020, you are not eligible to apply.

For more information, or for assistance with the application, please contact Bill Cavanaugh at (802) 434-7154 or [email protected]