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Grant & Loan Opportunities

Funding opportunities are listed in chronological order by the application deadline. Please scroll down to view additional opportunities. Generally, it takes significant advance planning to write a successful proposal. Therefore, please make sure to set aside enough time to thoroughly review the application instructions, conduct any background research you may need, write the proposal and and have at least one person review it prior to submitting.

Community Capital Management Assistance Program (MAP) Grants

Deadline: Rolling until funds are fully disbursed

Thanks to a $99,000 USDA Rural Development Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG), Community Capital is pleased to launch its Management Assistance Program (MAP). Visit located in one of the following eight Vermont counties can apply for up to $2,500 and formal or informal groups of businesses can apply for up to $5,000 to purchase consulting services that advance their individual or shared business goals. Eligible counties include: Addison, Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange and Washington. There are match requirements, so read the application carefully to find out how you can meet those requirements. Applicants can expect a 2-week turn around time on their application provided it is complete when submitted. All decisions are made by staff.

Whole Foods Local Producer Loan Program

Whole Foods Market's Local Producer Loan Program (LPLP) provides up to $10 million in low-interest loans to small, local producers. Why? Because we believe in supporting local farmers and producers. We want to make it easier for them to grow their businesses and bring more local products to market. For more information visit

Farm Business Transfer Planning for Vermont Dairy Producers

Deadline: Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture received a grant from the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education to help Vermont dairy producers with farm business transfer planning. Transferring assets and retiring from farming requires planning. As part of that grant we will pay 70% of the cost of a minimum of two sessions with a consultant helping you with your transfer plan. A consultant could include an attorney, accountant or a financial advisor. The maximum we will pay is $630.00 towards a $900.00 bill. For more information and to obtain an application form, contact Louise Waterman, 802-828-6900 or email

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