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USDA’s Water and Environmental Program

Call for applications: USDA Rural Development is seeking funding applications aimed to improve the health, safety, and reliability of water infrastructure in rural communities across Vermont. Municipalities and non-profits may apply for financing to support water, wastewater, and storm water improvements in their communities though the USDA’s Water and Environmental Program. Current interest rates range from 2.125% to 3.500% for up to a 40-year repayment term. Grants are available based on community eligibility.

Application materials and program information are located on the Vermont and New Hampshire Water and Environmental Program websites.

Deadlines:

  • State pool deadline (competitive): December 1, 2017
  • National pool deadline (more competitive): April 13, 2018

USDA’s Community Facilities Program

Call for applications: USDA Rural Development is accepting applications from non-profits and municipalities seeking financing to improve essential community facilities. Rural Development’s Community Facility loan and grant program supports facilities such as healthcare centers, educational institutions and community centers that offer services to rural residents and enhance the quality of life in Vermont and New Hampshire. Eligible uses include construction, building renovations, energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades, and equipment purchases. The agency offers competitive interest rates based on community demographics. Grants are available on a limited basis for eligible communities.

For large institutional projects, loan guarantees are also available through the USDA.

Application materials and program information are located on the Community Facility program websites for Vermont and New Hampshire.

Application Deadlines:

  • State pool grant funding: December 8, 2017

National pool loan and loan guarantee funding: April 2, 2018

To submit a competitive application, contact a Rural Development Community Programs Specialist for application and project support at 802-828-6011.

Seeking Applications for the Value Added Producer Grant Program

Application Deadline: January 31, 2018

Value Added Producer Grants may be used by innovative producers to develop new products, increase the value of existing products, and develop new uses for traditional commodities. Eligible applicants include farm, forestry and fishery producers who produce 51 percent of the raw commodity used to produce a final product. Eligible applicants also include mid-tier value chains that represent producers aggregating a raw commodity and marketing a value added product. Producers may apply for up to a $75,000 grant for planning, marketing and feasibility study related activities and a $250,000 grant for working capital expenses. The Value Added Producer Grant requires a 50 percent match.

For more information, visit the USDA Value Added Producer Grant website or contact Business Program Specialist Susan Poland at 802-828-6002 or susan.poland@vt.usda.gov.

Rural Business Development Grant Program

Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

USDA Rural Development provides funding to non-profits and municipalities for projects that benefit business and grow the rural economy.  Projects provide technical support to local businesses, services that engage community economic development, or support to institutions that galvanize the creative economy. The average award size is $30,000. Visit the Vermont RBDG website for program information, the notice of solicitation of funding, and application materials (located under the Forms and Resources tab).

Interested applicants should submit a Letter of Intent by Friday, December 15.

To apply, contact Susan Poland, Business Programs Specialist, at 802-828-6002 or susan.poland@vt.usda.gov.