Vermont Resilient Food System Infrastructure Grants

Applications are due by June 5, 2024.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is accepting applications for Resilient Food System Infrastructure (RFSI) grants under a new USDA initiative to build resilience in the food supply chain, provide more and better markets to farms and food businesses, support the development of value-added products, and promote equitable and safe jobs. Vermont is awarding over $3.2 million in grants that will support critical sectors of the “middle of the supply chain,” meaning everything between farm production and selling in stores. This includes aggregation, distribution, manufacturing, processing, storage, transportation, and wholesaling of Vermont food products. The first round of RFSI grants will be for infrastructure projects for things such as increasing processing capacity; modernizing storage, tracking, and IT systems; constructing new facilities; increasing dry and cold storage; installing climate-smart equipment; or modernizing facilities to ensure food and worker safety. There is approximately $2 million available for this round, and grants will range from $100,000 to $500,000 with a 50% match (25% reduced match available).