MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is pleased to invite Vermont agricultural and forestry businesses to apply for Trade Show Assistance Grants (TSAG). These grants provide businesses with funds to identify, plan, exhibit, and sell their Vermont products at out-of-state trade shows or virtual shows targeting out-of-state buyers. These matching grants can mitigate the financial risks associated with exhibiting at trade shows, which provide excellent opportunities to network with wholesale buyers.
Funding may be used to reimburse up to 50% of the following expenses: travel; marketing assets and booth design; registration fees; booth fees; furnishings; utilities; shipping/freight; and other marketing costs (samples, printing, etc.). Applicants may include up to five trade shows in their yearly trade show marketing plan, requesting a total of between $2,000 and $5,000 in eligible reimbursements for shows that take place between April 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024. Businesses may not apply for funding to support attendance at trade shows they have already attended five or more times.
Eligible applicants are Vermont-based agricultural and forestry businesses that meet the following criteria: (1) Business is registered with the Vermont Secretary of State and has been in business for over one year; (2) Business or its headquarters are located within Vermont; (3) Business has three or more wholesale accounts; (4) Business’ products meet the Vermont Local Definition as defined in Act 129.
The application will be open from December 15, 2022 through January 31, 2023. For questions regarding this grant opportunity, please contact Kristen Brassard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets