Grants & Opportunities
The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) is dedicated to supporting Vermont's forest and wood products sector. Through granting decisions and the work of the Forestry sub-committee, the WLEB is constantly working to support this important area of our working landscape.
Program Overview to Date
-Funded 184 Agriculture and Forestry Projects
-Distributed Over $5.3 Million in Working Lands Funds
-Leveraged $8.6 Million in Matching Funds
-Impacted all 14 Vermont Counties
The Initiative also works with the Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) and the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) to provide zero or low-interest loan programs to Working Lands entrepreneurs.
The VWWC maintains a presence on the Working Lands Enterprise Board, and the Board’s Forestry sub-committee, representing your interests at the table and helping to drive continued investment by the legislature. The most significant work of the Forestry sub-committee was leadership of the Forest Sector Systems Analysis undertaken by Yellow Wood Associates. Several recommendations were included in the final report that will help inform future direction and investment. To support and grow Vermont’s forest and wood products sector, three main strategies emerged:
- Increase demand for local wood
- Improve, create, and strengthen sub-sector value chains
- Increase public awareness of the forest sector and the ways landowners, Vermonters, and visitors to Vermont can both contribute and benefit.
2019 Working Lands Grant Opportunities
For the current fiscal year, the Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) has decided to allocate additional funds for Industry Impact Grants, up to $150,000 each, for low grade wood or dairy projects that propose significant value chain improvements. The lower tier for Business Grants has now increased to $25,000 or less, vs. $20,000 or less, as in previous years.
Of the current $825,000 available for Working Lands investments, WLEB in this current fiscal year will aim to award grant funds in the following category ranges:
Business Grant Funding Total: $525,000-$575,000
Trade Show Assistance Grants: $20,000
Click here for current Funding Info
Some examples of funded projects include:
- Sawyer Made, Woodbury | $20,000 for facilities upgrade
- Sustainable Timber Investment Exchange, Brattleboro | $16,000 for Vermont mass timber ceiling prototype
- Clear Lake Furniture, Ludlow | $19,978 for genuine Vermont made showroom
- Vermont Farm Table, Bristol: $50,000 for commercial development plan
- Maple Landmark, Middlebury: $40,000 for an automated wood-turning lathe
- The Tree House Hardwoods & Millshop, South Burlington: $29,975.33 for infrastructure to increase safety and efficiency.
- Vermont Tree Goods, Bristol: $20,000 for equipment in a new production facility that utilizes an innovative sawmill design to create product from salvage/cull grade logs
- Vermont Table Company, East Burke: $8,922 for an Epilog Laser Engraving Machine to bring engraving in-house
- Torrani Studio Craft, LLC, Eden Mills: $5,000 for machinery to expand its cookware product line
- Ogelby Woodworks, Waterbury: $5,000 for equipment to open an independent shop
- Vermont Wildwoods, Marshfield: $20,000 for creation of the first commercial wood spalting chamber
View all funded projects to date here.
Job & Employment Opportunities
If you are seeking employment in the Vermont woodworking industry or have a job to post for your company please email our office with the information to be posted below.