Grant opportunity to support farms impacted by spring floods

In partnership with Farm Aid, Rural Vermont is excited to announce an effort to provide grant funding to a limited number of Vermont farms that where damaged by the recent rain and subsequent floods.   Rural Vermont welcomes applications from farmers for “micro-grants” of up to $500.00 that are aimed at providing financial assistance to farms attempting to cope with the record setting rain.

“As a small non-profit organization with limited financial resources, Rural Vermont is extremely aware of the impact that economic difficulties can have on Vermont farms,” said Jared Carter, Executive Director of Rural Vermont.  “Rural Vermont is committed to doing everything within its power to create economic opportunities for Vermont farmers.  While we cannot control the weather, we can use the financial resources available to us in order to help Vermont’s family farms cope with this natural disaster,” Carter adds.

Micro-grants will be awarded based on need and demonstrated commitment to Rural Vermont’s vision of a Vermont local food system which is self-reliant and based on reverence for the earth.  Completed applications are due by Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 and grant recipients will be notified by Friday, July 22nd, 2011.  Grant applications may be obtained at Rural Vermont’s website www.ruralvermont.org or by calling the office (802) 223-7222.

Rural Vermont is a nonprofit advocacy group founded by farmers in 1985 that advocates, activates, and educates for living soils, thriving farms, and healthy communities. For more info, call (802) 223-7222 or visit http://www.ruralvermont.org.

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