The Working Lands Enterprise Board of Vermont is offering $40,000 in grant funds for investment in poultry processing projects in Vermont. Grant money must be used for the construction of a mobile or fixed, state or federally inspected poultry slaughter and/or processing facility.

The poultry processing grant funds are administered by the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, and is the first of four grant areas to be released in fiscal year 2014. An additional $1.215 million in available funds for other areas will be announced later in October.

The Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board is an impact investment organization whose mission is to grow the economies, cultures and communities of Vermont's working landscape by making essential, catalytic investments in critical leverage points of the Vermont farm and forest economy, from individual enterprises to industry sectors. The group began operations in August, 2012 and in the fiscal 2013 budget year it awarded more than $1 million in grant funds.