The Vermont Farm Women’s Fund is now seeking proposals from female farmers who want to improve their business or get more involved in agricultural policy development. Online proposals must be submitted by December 11, and awards will be announced by mid-January.
VFWF awards help farmers research and develop new products; conduct feasibility studies; and attend workshops, conferences and classes to build leadership skills and to learn new marketing, business management and value-added production skills.
Grants are capped at $1000. Since its first round of funding in May 2008, the fund has provided grants and scholarships to 68 women. The average award size has been $608.
Visit http://www.uvm.edu/~vfwf for more information. Click on the “Upcoming Deadlines and Applications” link or click directly to the online proposal form.