Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program – 2017 Request for Proposals Now Available

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds for the purpose of enhancing the competitiveness of Vermont specialty crops, defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture crops, honey, hops, maple syrup, and nursery crops (including Christmas trees and floriculture). These funds are awarded through a competitive review process guided by industry, nonprofit and government stakeholders. Prospective applicants may download the Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) Request for Proposals on the Agency’s website at

Information Session

Register for Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Information Session Webinar on February 7, 2017 at 3:00 PM:

  • In this webinar, you will gain an introduction to the Vermont SCBGP, the 2017 application process—including USDA standards for outcome measures—and our agency’s online grants management system, WebGrants.
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details for joining the webinar.
  • The webinar will be recorded and made available on the Vermont SCBGP webpage at
  • To attend in person at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, RSVP to Kristina Sweet at or (802) 522-7811. Due to building restrictions, all visitors to the Agency of Agriculture must register in advance.


VAAFM plans to award approximately $200,000 in SCBGP funds in 2017. Applicants to the Vermont SCBGP must submit a letter of intent by March 15, 2017. A review committee will invite top-ranking projects to submit full proposals, which will be due by May 12, 2017.

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