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Over the years, VSJF has provided funding for the front line of sustainable development organizations, networks, and businesses in Vermont.

Grantee : Project Year Purpose Location Amount
Total $3,224,081.00
Redstart Forestry: Harvest for Use Initiative 2009 Funds used by Redstart to coordinate a 'tree to finished product' pilot project that will bring FSC-certified, Vermont-grown Rock & Red maple lumber into the marketplace with the chain of custody intact. Corinth, Orange County $10,000.00
D&C Transportation: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2009 Grantee received VBI funding to purchase new biodiesel storage tank and blending equipment. Orleans, Orleans County $32,500.00
Bourne's Energy: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2009 Bourne's Energy will use U.S. Department of Energy Funds funds to purchase storage and blending equipment for biodiesel. Morrisville, Lamoille County $45,000.00
General Systems Research, LLC: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2009 GSR will use this VBI grant to address challenges in developing native algae feedstocks for oil production and to integrate algae production with the treatment of effluent, such as farm manure wastewater. Burlington, Chittenden County $20,000.00
Carbon Harvest, LLC: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2009 Carbon Harvest will use this VBI grant to support early stage research of the algae culture-to-biofuel component of its larger effort to develop aquaculture and energy generation at closed landfills. Burlington, Chittenden County $20,000.00
Algepower: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2009 U.S. Department of Energy funds will be used to demonstrate increased lipid production using the prototype Algeponics® system. This data will be used to determine the validity of testing a full scale Algeponics® system. Bridport, Addison County $20,000.00
University of Vermont: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2009 Grantee received VBI funds to develop a biomass-to-biofuels course that will provide hands-on experience and technical exposure to various feedstocks, technologies, production processes, policies, and regulations along the biomass-to-biofuels supply chain. Burlington, Chittenden County $20,000.00
Vermont Technical College: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2009 developing a biomass-to-biofuels course at the University of Vermont that will provide hands-on experience and technical exposure to various feedstocks, technologies, production processes, policies, regulations, etc., along the biomass-to-biofuels supply chain. Randolph, Orange County $20,000.00
Rainbow Valley Farm: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2009 Rainbow Valley Farm will use U.S. Department of Energy funds used to construct an on-farm biodiesel facility. Brandon, Rutland County $65,000.00
Wood's Market Garden: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2009 VBI funds used to gather comparative agronomic and economic data on organic and conventional methods of oilseed crop production and processing on two Vermont farms. Brandon, Rutland County $20,000.00
North Hardwick Dairy: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2009

U.S. Department of Energy funds used to gather and analyze agronomic, economic and logistical data on methods of sunflower oilseed crop production and processing in Northeastern Vermont.

Hardwick, Caledonia County $13,000.00
Ekolott Farm: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2009 Ekolott Farm will use U.S. Department of Energy funds used to gather and analyze agronomic, economic and logistical data on methods of sunflower oilseed crop production and processing in Vermont’s upper Connecticut River Valley. Newbury, Orange County $17,000.00
Clear Brook Farm: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2009 Clear Brook will research the most efficient and cost effective means of growing and handling oilseed crops for biodiesel production, among a group of Bennington County small-farms within a 30 mile radius from State Line Biofuels. Shaftsbury, Bennington County $20,000.00
Renewable Energy Vermont: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2009 REV received VBI funding to grow the network of biofuels and biomass organizations and companies in the state Statewide $28,800.00
Borderview Farm: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2009 Grantee received VBI funds for the design and construction of a biodiesel processor research facility, as well as educational outreach and technical assistance for the larger farming community. Alburgh, Grand Isle County $40,000.00
State Line Biofuels: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2009 Grantee received VBI funding for oilseed crop research, enhancing grain and fuel processing, and expanding the biodiesel production facility. North Bennington, Bennington County $30,000.00
Dr. Sid Bosworth / UVM Extension: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2009 Dr. Bosworth will use U.S. Department of Energy funds used to conduct perennial grass field trials and convene field days. Statewide $58,500.00
Dr. Heather Darby / UVM Extension: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2009 Dr. Darby will use U.S. Department of Energy funds to hold field days and conduct economic analyses and oilseed crop field trials. Statewide $67,000.00
Borderview Farm: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2008 Department of Energy funds used to conduct a fully documented safety review and engineering study, and to purchase additional equipment to fully build out the biodiesel production system at Borderview Farm. Alburgh, Grand Isle County $25,000.00
Renewable Energy Vermont: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2008 High Meadows Fund grant used to integrate the Vermont Biofuels agenda into REV and to promote REV as the premier renewable energy association in the state during a time of strong industry growth. Statewide $18,000.00
Composting Association of Vermont: Legal Compost 2008 Funds used by CAV to convene a regulatory review stakeholder process, & develop recommendations for citing composting facilities in Vermont. This stakeholder led initiative will begin to address the gap between Vermont’s current regulations for handling compostable materials and the needs of the State’s communities & environment. Statewide $5,000.00
Community Action Brattleboro: Southern Vermont Food Enterprise Center 2008 A $5,000 grant was used to conduct feasibility work related to the proposed Southern Vermont Food Enterprise Center - a food business incubator and meat processing facility. Ironically, while this process was under way, Westminster Meats went into business and the development of the SVFEC is deemed unlikely. Brattleboro, Windham County $5,000.00
Green Technologies: Homegrown Feed, Food & Fuel Project 2007 Funds used to process and test oil from oilseed crops harvested in Vermont. Winooski, Chittenden County $850.00
State Line Farm: Homegrown Feed, Food & Fuel Project 2007 High Meadows Funds used to cultivate and process oilseed crops and make biodiesel, and to purchase a tine weeder to provide weed control for canola and sunflower cultivation. North Bennington, Bennington County $3,700.00
Tio Grain Farm: Homegrown Feed, Food & Fuel Project 2007 Funds used to cultivate and process oilseed crops. Orwell, Addison County $2,000.00
No-Mon-E Farm: Homegrown Feed, Food & Fuel Project 2007 High Meadows Funds used to cultivate and process oilseed crops. Addison, Addison County $2,000.00
Borderview Farm: Homegrown Feed, Food & Fuel Project 2007 High Meadows Funds used to cultivate and process oilseed crops, and to construct a combine head for harvesting of sunflowers. Alburgh, Grand Isle County $3,200.00
University of Vermont Extension: Homegrown Feed, Food & Fuel Project 2007 High Meadows Funds grant made to UVM Extension to develop oilseed production recommendations through research with the goal of expanding liquid biofuel production and livestock feed in Vermont. 2007 oilseed research trials conducted on 5 farms. Grant made in FY07, expensed in FY08. Statewide $20,185.00
State Line Farm: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2007 Grantee used VBI funds to conduct a fully documented safety review and engineering study of the existing biodiesel system at State Line Farm. North Bennington, Bennington County $23,200.00
Vermont Biofuels Association: Homegrown Feed, Food & Fuel Project 2007 High Meadows Fund grant used to provide project facilitation and outreach for the HFFFP and to identify new feed, fuel, and food-grade oil opportunities in Vermont. Statewide $6,500.00
Vermont Biofuels Association: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2007 Grantee used VBI funds to continue developing Vermont's biofuels network. Statewide $89,625.00
Bishop Enterprises 2007 Funds were used to leverage a loan from Brattleboro Savings & Loan to construct a biodiesel fueling station that will supply fuel users ranging from the town truck fleet, school bus fleets, and private construction companies. Springfield, Windsor County $10,000.00
AgNorth Biopower: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2007 Grantee used VBI funds to complete the planning phase for an anaerobic digester system. Alburgh, Grand Isle County $33,000.00
Gervais Family Farm: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2007 Grantee used VBI funds to complete the construction of an on-farm anaerobic digester system. Enosburg Falls, Franklin County $67,000.00
Intervale Center 2007 Grant used funds to work with a consultant to define the role of social enterprise in the Intervale Center’s strategic plan. The Intervale Center shared lessons learned with other interested nonprofits. Burlington, Chittenden County $7,000.00
Vermont Environmental Consortium 4 2007 Funds used to support production of the Green Makeover Video and to pay for retrofit expenses at the film’s subject business, Johnson Woolen Mills. Statewide $2,500.00
Green Technologies: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2007 Grantee used VBI funds to expand production at current facility from 10,000 to 50,000 gallons/year and develop a testing process to reduce costs for ASTM testing of biodiesel. Winooski, Chittenden County $98,000.00
University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture: Vermont Biofuels Initiative 2007 Grantee used VBI funds to develop a pilot scale, farm-based biodiesel and ethanol production system coupled with a set of oilseed crop trials. Statewide $98,089.00
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility: Livable Jobs Toolkit III 2006 Funds used to update the latest version of the Livable Jobs Toolkit. Burlington, Chittenden County $2,000.00
Vermont Network 2006 To help educational institutions expand their offerings in the fields of social enterprise, socially responsible business practices, & sustainable development. Virtual $7,485.00
NEK Business Coach Program 2006 Funds used to hire a business coach to work with start up businesses in the Northeast Kingdom. Partially funded by a USDA RBEG grant. Northeast Kingdom $61,178.00
Redstart Forestry and Consulting 2006 Funds used to get FSC-certified and to develop a GIS-based wood supply forecasting system which allows them to determine how many board feet, of what spe­cies, and on what parcels, harvests will be scheduled in the coming year. Corinth, Orange County $20,000.00
Nulhegan Gateway Association: Geotourism Map 2006 Funds used for the production of a National Geographic Geotourism MapGuide for the NEK. Northeast Kingdom $5,000.00
Vermont Community Forestry Partnership 2001-2006 This five-year project, involving Vermont Family Forests (VFF), the National Wildlife Federation, and VSJF, established VFF as a viable nonprofit organization and created a model of community-owned forestry. In 2006, VFF offered shares of the Little Hogback Community Forest–held in easement by the Vermont Land Trust–to Addison County citizens (50% of the shares are reserved for community members with below median incomes). Harvests from Little Hogback are used in VFF’s line of FSC-certified flooring that is currently sold at Planet Hardwood in St. George. Addison County $590,881.00
NEK Business Coach Program 2005 Funds used to employ a business coach to work with start up businesses in the Northeast Kingdom. Partially funded by a USDA RBEG grant. Northeast Kingdom $56,406.00
Vermont Software Developers Alliance 2005 Funds used to develop the organization & manage the VTSDA’s finances. Statewide $3,050.00
The Vermont Network 2005 Funds from the VT Community Foundation used to help educational institutions expand their offerings in the fields of social enterprise, socially responsible business practices, & sustainable development. Online $3,333.00
Sugarbush Resort 2005 Funds used to run pilot tests using biodiesel in the ski area’s snowmaking, grooming, snow removal, and parking lot maintenance operations. Warren, Washington County $2,500.00
Vermont Coffee Company 2005 Funds used to purchase a modified coffee roaster to run on biodiesel. The roaster was damaged during shipment and currently does not run on biodiesel. Bristol, Addison County $2,500.00
Vermont Law School 2005 Funds used to run a pilot project using biodiesel to heat two school buildings. South Royalton, Orange County $2,500.00
Civic Engagement Institute 2005 Funds used to complete a feasibilty study identifying ways to help communities move critical community revitalization activities and projects from planning stages through implementation. Montpelier, Washington County $16,502.00
Vermont Biodiesel Project 2004-2007 DOE and other grant funds used by VSJF to manage a market conditioning project that stimulated demand for biodiesel in Vermont. Pilot projects at Smugglers’ Notch and Buildings & General Services. Statewide $161,584.00
Vermont Employee Ownership Center II 2004 Funds used to continue the development of services that help businesses retain jobs via employee ownership. Burlington, Chittenden County $10,000.00
Multiple Recipients: U.S. Green Building Expo 2004 Funds used to sponsor the Vermont Certified Wood Producers delegation to attend the national U.S. Green Building Council trade show in Pittsburgh. For many Vermont manufacturers, this was their first experience with the green building movement. Pittsburgh, PA $5,048.00
NEK Business Coach Program I 2004 Funds used to employ a business coach to work with start up businesses in the Northeast Kingdom. Partially funded by a USDA RBEG grant. Northeast Kingdom $48,254.00
Northeast Organic Farming Association - VT 2004 Funds used to help NOFA fund the second year of the Organic Seed Producers training program. Statewide $9,185.00
Island Pond Woodworkers 2004-2005 After the Ethan Allen plant announced its closure, grants funds and technical assistance were used to manage the development of a marketing plan for what was originally a worker owned cooperative. IPW is now Island Pond Woodproducts. Island Pond, Essex County $131,148.00
Nulhegan Gateway Association 2 2003 Funds used to help the communities in the Northeast Kingdom cooperate to develop economic plans that will stimulate business activities. Northeast Kingdom $35,000.00
Vermont Quality Meats 2003 Funds used to support market development for value-added meat producers in this cooperative. North Clarendon, Rutland County $11,000.00
Vermont Earth Institute 2 2003 Funds used to organize a follow-up workshop on The Natural Step principles to help Vermont businesses increase their profitability. Norwich, Windsor County $1,000.00
Vermont Environmental Consortium 3 2003 Funds used to foster access to new markets among small Vermont environmental technology companies. Statewide $2,500.00
Springfield Regional Development Corporation 2003 Funds were originally granted for a food processing incubator feasibility study. On July 24, 2006, SRDC asked to change the project to be used for technical assistance to area businesses. Springfield, Windsor County $5,000.00
Sustainable Valley Group 2003 Funds used to provide support for strategic planning and organizational development to citizens of the Springfield region working to create new economic opportunities. Springfield, Windsor County $5,000.00
Vermont Cheese Council 2003 Funds used to support a conference where Vermont’s specialty cheese makers explored opportunities, challenges and next steps for growth of the industry. Statewide $2,000.00
Nulhegan Gateway Association 2002 Funds used to help the communities in the Northeast Kingdom cooperate to develop economic plans that will stimulate business activities. Northeast Kingdom $23,468.00
Learning Communities Project 2001-2004 Wendling Foundation funds used to support citizens and community leaders in developing and implementing sustainable economic development plans in Alburgh, Island Pond and Morrisville. Alburgh, Island Pond, Morrisville $150,000.00
VT HITEC 2002 Funds used to help fund development of an information technology pilot project designed to educate and retain dislocated high-tech workers. Williston, Chittenden County $5,000.00
Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores 2 2002 Funds used to help the association enhance the viability of member businesses through marketing and membership development. Statewide $5,000.00
Vermont Earth Institute 2002 Funds used to organize a set of workshops with national leaders on The Natural Step, a business tool used to increase profitability by decreasing environmental impacts. Norwich, Windsor County $2,000.00
Northeast Organic Farming Association - VT 2002 Funds used to develop a program that helps Vermont farmers produce and market high value organic seeds. Statewide $9,935.00
Composting Association of Vermont 2002 Grant used to help this new industry association complete their strategic planning and membership development activities. Statewide $15,000.00
Vermont Food Venture Center: Tilling the Soil Business Program 2002 Funds used to provide scholarships to new and experienced farmers to offset costs of participating in a Vermont Food Venture Center agricultural business development program. Fairfax, Franklin County $1,400.00
Vermont Council on Rural Development: NEK Connect 2002 Funds used by VCRD to develop a plan to aggregate and access the high speed telecommunications demand for the Northeast Kingdom and elsewhere in Vermont. Northeast Kingdom $10,000.00
Pride of VT Farms 2000 Funds used to conduct a business assessment for Pride of Vermont Farms, a group of VT meat producers planning to sell new products to in-state markets. Westfield, Orleans County $2,700.00
Vermont Campground Association 2001 Funds used to minimize the environmental impact of the camping industry (through composting). Jeffersonville, Lamoille County $1,500.00
Town of Warren 2001 Funds used to film a documentary that shows how a small municipality can implement an effective alternative wastewater treatment system in Vermont. Warren, Washington County $1,000.00
Green Mountain College 2001 Funds used to construct an eco machine waste water treatment system as a demonstration at Green Mountain College. Poultney, Rutland County $1,500.00
Global Resource Options (now groSolar!) 2001 Funds used to help outfit Sun Catcher renewable energy trailer as an education station for students. White River Junction, Windsor County $1,000.00
Dog River Alternative Fuels 2001 Funds used to provide seed funding for development of a biodiesel fuel company that turns waste cooking grease into fuel. Berlin, Washington County $1,500.00
UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture 2001 Funds used to work with small ruminant dairy producers to improve their bookkeeping and record keeping systems. Burlington, Chittenden County $12,200.00
Shoreham Cooperative Apple Producers Association III 2001 Funds used to help SCAPA apply for USDA funding. Shoreham, Addison County $1,500.00
Intervale Center II 2001 Funds used for feasibility study determining the viability of growing mushrooms with brewery waste grains. Burlington, Chittenden County $15,000.00
Vermont Employee Ownership Center 2001 Funds used for the start-up of VEOC. Burlington, Chittenden County $10,000.00
Central VT Chicken Coop: 2001 Funds used to determine the feasibility of developing a chicken producer cooperative. Washington, Orange County $5,045.00
Vermont Maple Industry Council 2001 Funds used to develop an industry-wide strategic and marketing plan and to revise the operations of member organizations to effectively implement this plan. Statewide $15,000.00
Vermont Quality Meats II 2001 Funds were used to assist VQM through its second stage of growth as a regional value-added meat producer with special attention to the organizational structure. North Clarendon, Rutland County $14,000.00
Blinking Light Gallery 2001 Funds used to support the Blinking Light Gallery’s business planning and organizational development including exploration of cooperative opportunities with surrounding businesses and coordination with the overall community development of Plainfield. Plainfield, Washington County $3,000.00
Vermont Prime Emu Producers 2001 Funds used to help VPEP market its emu products and develop its membership Newbury, Orange County $5,000.00
VT HITEC: Medical Transcription Education Consortium II 2001 Funds were used to recruit 20 students to the second session of the VT MTEC project in Randolph. Randolph, Orange County $10,000.00
Vermont Specialty Foods Association 2001 VSFA received a grant from VSJF to undertake a strategic planning process to develop a set of goals for the next 3-5 years and to review their operations in light of this strategic plan. Statewide $5,000.00
Intervale Center I 2001 Funds were used to study the feasibility for an ‘agricultural gateway center’ at the Intervale. Burlington, Chittenden County $7,125.00
Vermont Environmental Consortium 2 2001 Funds used to form an environmental technology industry association that fosters cooperation among member businesses leading to new partnerships, enhanced competitiveness and increased viability. Statewide $10,000.00
Renewable Energy Vermont 2001 Funds used to develop a three year organizational plan. Statewide $5,000.00
Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores 1 2001 Funds used to develop a three year organizational plan. Statewide $10,000.00
Vermont Crafts Council 2000 Funds used to build the capacity of Vermont artisans to directly market their products over the web. Statewide $15,100.00
Shoreham Cooperative Apple Producers Association II 2000 Funds used to reorganize the business structure of SCAPA; and to develop a marketing plan that includes research into value-added markets for fresh and processed apples and new product development. Shoreham, Addison County $25,000.00
Northeast Recycling Council 2000 Funds used to pay for guest speaker expense at the Vermont Recycling Financing Seminar, held on June 22, 2000. Brattleboro, Windham County $500.00
FiberWorks/Green Mountain Spinnery 2000 Funds used for Green Mountain Spinnery to contract with a consultant to facilitate and prepare a business plan. Funds to FiberWorks to complete a feasibilty study regarding the production & marketing of fiber/wool products; & to enable FiberWorks to conduct organizational planning to consider becoming a formal organization. Putney, Windham County $7,500.00
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility: Livable Jobs Toolkit II 2000 Funds used to publish and distribute a Livable Jobs Toolkit to 5,000 small businesses in the state that outlines how businesses can provide better work places, wages, benefits, and employee resources and remain profitable; and to provide workshops to guide business owners through the Toolkit. Burlington, Chittenden County $12,000.00
VT Built Green (later becomes VT Builds Greener) 2000, 2003 Funds used to research and develop VBG program standards & criteria; conduct outreach & networking for future VBG positioning & funding; carry out a market survey; & develop a business plan. Burlington, Chittenden County $32,000.00
Vermont Environmental Consortium 2000 Funds used to lay the foundation for creating the VEC. Statewide $5,000.00
VT Herb Growers Association 2000 Funds used to develop the organizational structure and marketing strategy of the VT Herb Growers Association, to improve the ability of medicinal herb growers to market their products. West Brookfield, Orange County $10,000.00
Northeast Organic Farming Association - VT: Community Supported Agriculture Network II 2000 Funds used to implement a statewide Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) network that will create more CSAs in the state, enable farmers to evaluate the economic viability of their CSA, and connect them to consumers through marketing and technical assistance. Richmond, Chittenden County $15,000.00
Vermont WoodNet 2000-2001, 2004-2006 Several grants over the years established VT WoodNet as a nonprofit organization, now representing over 150 woodworkers in the State (including a large group of FSC chain-of-custody certified manufacturers). Funds were also used for marketing. Statewide $31,950.00
Lamoille Economic Development Corporation: Lamoille Wood Resource Center 2000 Funds were granted to develop a wood resource center that integrates technology use and a training program to use the technology. Lamoille County $10,000.00
VT HITEC: Medical Transcription Education Consortium I 2000 Funds were used to recruit 20 students for the first session of the VT MTEC project in Newport. Newport, Orleans County $18,000.00
Vermont Textile Association 2000 Funds were used to develop the VTA, including survey of textile related businesses, creating an organizational structure & writing a business plan. Newport, Orleans County $17,776.00
Addison County Economic Development Corporation 2 2000 Funds used to expand the cluster of high tech businesses, to develop promotional literature, a database of German contacts, and go on a trade mission to Germany. The original idea was to recruit German businesses to VT but that evolved to developing trade relationships between VT and German firms. Addison County & Rutland County $20,000.00
E-Wood.com, Inc. 2000 Funds used to determine the feasibility of reusing construction framing materials by actually producing & marketing reused framing material. South Stratford, Orange County $14,000.00
Vermont Quality Meats I 2000 Funds used to purchase a vehicle with a refrigerated unit. VQM was also formally organized as a cooperative. North Clarendon, Rutland County $25,000.00
The Sustainability Institute: Vermont 2020 1999 Funds used to solicit input on Vermont 2020 draft principles and action items, then revise publish & distribute. Funds also used to plan for a statewide conference. Hartland, Windsor County $10,000.00
Vermont Economic Development Authority 1999 Funds used provide Subchapter 2, Mortgage Insurance on a bank loan to the Northeast Dairy Compact Commission to enable the Commission to continue in operation. Montpelier, Washington County $25,000.00
VT Small Business Development Center 1999 Funds used to support the study of micro businesses in Vermont. Randolph, Orange County $500.00
Northeast Organic Farming Association - VT 1999 Funds used to develop a plan to create a statewide community supported agriculture network. Richmond, Chittenden County $5,000.00
Vermont Fresh Network 1999 Funds used to hire part-time staff, facilitate & write strategic plan, write newsletters, produce a resource manual, create a website, & run a radio campaign. Statewide $30,000.00
UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture: Barley-Malt Feasibility Study 1999 Funds used by to determine the potential for growing organic barley and producing organic malted barley & malt syrup in Vermont. Brattleboro, Windham County $5,000.00
Northeast Organic Farming Association - VT 1999 Funds used to complete a market analysis for growing medicinal herbs in Vermont. Richmond, Chittenden County $5,300.00
Addison County Economic Development Corporation 1 1999 Funds were used to organize high tech businesses in Addison & Rutland counties & to attend a trade mission to Germany. Addison County & Rutland County $11,379.00
Vermont Outdoor Guides Association 1999 Funds used to structure organization, develop website & produce newsletters. Ferrisburgh, Addison County $16,500.00
Shoreham Cooperative Apple Producers Association I 1999 Funds used for feasibility study to examine re-opening the apple packing line that closed three years prior. Shoreham, Addison County $15,000.00
Richford Economic Action Corporation 1999 Funds used to to study the feasibility of developing a sustainable wood products industry in Richford. Richford, Franklin County $18,800.00
Vermont Knitters Association 1999 Funds were used to help the Association develop the capability to grow & add new customers & members. St. Johnsbury, Caledonia County $8,200.00
Vermont Family Farms 1999 Funds were used to hire a lawyer to help restructure Vermont Family Farms from a cooperative to a different business model. They were unable to get sufficient capital and VFF eventually sold to St. Albans Coop. St. Albans Coop then sold the brand to Hood. Shoreham, Addison County $5,000.00
VT Quality Dairies 1998 Funds were used to enable three dairy farms to develop, produce and market a new, value-added dairy product. Hardwick, Caledonia County $5,000.00
VT Community Loan Fund 1998 Funds used to determine the feasibility of a community development venture capital fund, specifically in natural resource based industries. Montpelier, Washington County $35,000.00
VT Cheese Council 1998 Funds used to develop an association of Vermont cheese makers to market their products jointly, share technical assistance with each other, and develop quality standards for Vermont cheeses using the Council’s label. Richmond, Chittenden County $25,000.00
Shelburne Farms: Character Wood Market Analysis 1998 Funds used to develop a communications strategy for the promotion of character wood. Strategy incorporated into Shelburne Farms’ education programs. Funds also gave credibility to Beeken Parsons’ $65,000 SBIR grant application. Shelburne, Chittenden County $15,000.00
Burlington Community Land Trust: Burlington Farmers Market 1998 Funds used to hire staff to coordinate the development of a Burlington Farmer’s Market. Burlington, Chittenden County $4,000.00
Yankee Forest Safety Network 1998 Funds used to form a logger safety group & training program designed to lower workers’ compensation costs for loggers in Vermont & other New England states. Funds used to hire a coordinator. Berlin, Washington County $20,000.00
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility: Livable Jobs Toolkit 1998 Funds used to support interviews of business owners, coordinate focus groups, transcribe interviews, write and print the Toolkit. 5,000 copies were mailed out & five workshops were held. Burlington, Chittenden County $10,000.00
Northern Community Investment Corporation: Newport Call Center 1998 Funds were used to hire a coordinator in the early stages of developing the center. The center was created, employing approximately 200 people, but it no longer exists. Newport, Orleans County $5,000.00
VT Family Forests: Green Certification 1998-1999 Funds used to get FSC certification of 4,718 acres of forests, owned by thirty one landowners, in Addison County. Funds used for the project created a model of certification for forest owners. Bristol, Addison County $25,000.00
Intervale Foundation: Eco-Park 1998 Funds used to hire a facilitator to assist the Eco-Park Steering Committee in arriving at a community driven decision on whether or not to go ahead with the Eco-Park project, located in the Intervale. The Intervale Foundation entered a Memorandum of Agreement to purchase & develop the property. Burlington, Chittenden County $5,000.00
VT Department of Economic Development: Wood Gasification Tool 1998 Funds used by DED to develop a computer tool to cost effectively measure the current energy costs of a company & what the new costs would be once a cogeneration system is put into place. Dufresne Henry developed the tool. The tool was used to assess three opportunities, none of which moved forward. Montpelier, Washington County $5,000.00
VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets 1998 Funds used to develop a management analysis plan through Quicken for farmers to determine the potential value of alternative livestock production. Montpelier, Washington County $30,000.00