CAE Announces COVID-19 Response Micro-Grants for Farmers: Market Development & Sales Innovation

July 31, 2020

The Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) has been working to procure funding for a micro-grants program so that farmers can make adaptations to respond to the current crisis to strengthen our local food system. This is our final round of funding, and we are accepting applications on a rolling basis through December 15th.  HERE!


Micro-Grant Details:

Grants of $500 maximum per farm business are available for projects that demonstrate sales and marketing innovation in response to challenges presented by COVID-19 disruptions.

Additional funding of up to $500 will be available to sales and marketing projects that significantly benefit other farm businesses as well as the applying farm. (Examples might include CSAs, farm stores, and e-commerce platforms that establish or increase sales for multiple farms, not just the farm managing the retail outlet.)


Eligibility Criteria:

Program is only for farms producing food and those processing value-added food products on their farms.

At least one household member must get primary income from farming.

Costs must be incurred during the COVID-19 Crisis (currently defined as March 15, 2020  - August 30, 2020)

Farm can be located anywhere in Vermont at this time!


Award Criteria:

Applicants must respond in full to application questions with evidence of a clear plan for sales innovation or market development.

Micro-Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis.


How to Apply: 

Online through this Google Form


Thank you for your interest in this grant. If you have any questions please email us:

Silene DeCiucies,

Daniel Keeney,

Lylee Rauch-Kacenski,