Farmer Resilience Grants

Farmer selling at market NOFA-VT has a pool of funds to distribute directly to farmers as grants to fund projects that will improve longer term resilience on farms.

Our definition of ‘resilience’ is framed broadly around the mission of NOFA-VT: to promote organic practices to build an economically viable, ecologically sound and socially just Vermont agricultural system that benefits all living things. In this grant application, applicants will define how these funds will be used to improve the resilience on your farm, in your community, and/or for your broader community, with a focus on the social, environmental, and economic impact of the project. We are particularly interested in projects that mitigate against the harmful effects of our changing climate, that repair harms that have been committed due to the historic and widespread systemic racism embedded in our food system, that are innovative and will encourage others to adopt new and more promising practices, and that will lead to broader community resilience through enhanced food security, community-based solutions, and connectivity. That said, we are leaving the definition of resilience intentionally broad so that applicants can share their ideas about resilience with us and to not limit our imagination, as we know resilience takes many forms and we do not want to inadvertently disallow exciting, out of the box ideas!

Applications will be reviewed blind (names of farms and farmers removed before review), using the following criteria: Resilience Grant Application Rubric

King Arthur Baking Company We are also excited to announce that we have a reserved pool of funds from our generous partners at King Arthur Baking Company specifically to address resilience needs of farm and farm based businesses that are BIPOC owned or led, beyond the first pool of funding.  We will give out as many grants as we have the resources to support. 

Lastly, we will be using the ideas brought forth in these Resilience Grants to advocate for innovative farm-based policy solutions at the state and national level. We will also share the needs expressed in the applications with the broader funding community in an effort to draw more interest and funds into supporting farms as a key solution to building a more resilient food system for our collective future thriving.

Please note: the application closed at 4:00pm on Wednesday, March 31st. Grants will be awarded on a reimbursement basis and awardees will be notified by the week of April 19th.

Please note the minimum eligibility requirements: 
1. Located in Vermont and in business for a minimum of one year. 
2. Must be able to meet the timeline for project completion by December 1st, 2021.
3. Cannot have received a Vermont Family Farmer of the Month award in 2020 or 2021.

Full rubric for application evaluation is available here: Resilience Grant Application Rubric

For more information, assistance with the grant application, or to request translation services or a paper application mailed to you, please contact Bill Cavanaugh at (802) 434-7154 or [email protected]