Forest Economy Financial Assistance Grants

Below are several financial assistance programs.

NEW: Temporary Skidder Bridge Grant Program

The Forest Watershed Program is announcing the next round of skidder bridge grant applications. For this round, there are two types of bridges available:

Temporary Wooden Skidder Bridges- there will be 22 bridges available free of charge to eligible loggers and foresters who work in the Lake Champlain watershed. These bridges are the standard 12’ wide and 20’ long Hemlock bridges that are made up of three panels. Any logger or forester that makes 51% or more of their income from logging is eligible to apply. A lottery system will be used to select the bridge grantees, and each grantee will have to sign a grant agreement with the State of Vermont. Grantees will be responsible for picking up the bridge in East Montpelier. The bridges are being built now and will be available later in the summer. Funding for these bridges is from the Lake Champlain Basin Program and priority will be given to those loggers and foresters working in the Champlain Basin. Applications are Due August 5th for the Wooden bridges.

Temporary Steel Skidder Bridges- there will be 5 heavy duty steel skidder bridges available at a 75% cost-share. The bridges are made of two panels 6’ wide and 25’ long with 3 I-beams per side and a Hemlock deck. These bridges cost $15,668 to build and the cost to the grantee will be $3,917.05. Any logger or forester that makes 51% or more of their income from logging is eligible to apply. A lottery system will be used to select the bridge grantees and each grantee will have to sign a grant agreement with the State of Vermont. Grantees will be responsible for picking up the bridge in Putney. The bridges are being built now and will be available later in the summer. Funding for these bridges comes from State Capitol funds and Clean Water Funds. Applications are Due August 10th for the Steel bridges.

You can see the Grant applications Here:

Wooden Bridge Application

Steel Bridge Application

NEW: Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers

Are you a timber logger or trucker whose operation has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers program (PATHH) will provide financial relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that experienced losses in 2020 due to COVID-19. This new program is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.

The 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 includes funding of up to $200 million to assist timber harvesting and hauling businesses impacted by COVID. The newly authorized Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvester and Haulers Program (PATHH) will provide direct payments to eligible applicants suffering at least a 10 percent loss in gross revenue in the calendar year 2020.

This program will be administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).  Applications will be accepted through October 15, 2021. Details are available here:https://www.farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance/pathh

Vermont Value-Added Forest Products Permitting Assistance Grant Program

The purpose of the Forest Products Permitting Assistance Grant Program (FPPA Grant) is to assist businesses engaged in adding value to forest products within the state with costs related to permitting. Grants may be used to pay for expenses associated with State and local permit application fees, project consultation costs, engineering and siting costs, and expert witness testimony necessary for permitting. Learn more.

Forest Economy Stabilization Grants

The Governor signed Act 138 on July 2, 2020, including funding and the framework for a Forest Economy Stabilization Grant Program (FESG), to provide $5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds available to qualifying businesses in Vermont's forest economy. The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) worked with state agencies and the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) to deliver this program to provide economic relief to forest products businesses experiencing economic harm as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency. 

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