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H.185

Introduced by Representatives Botzow of Pownal, Johnson of South Hero, Stevens of Shoreham, Ainsworth of Royalton, Andrews of Rutland City, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bray of New Haven, Brooks of Montpelier, Canfield of Fair Haven, Cheney of Norwich, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clerkin of Hartford, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, French of Randolph, Godin of Milton, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Hosford of Waitsfield, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Milkey of Brattleboro, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, Nuovo of Middlebury, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Oxholm of Vergennes, Pearson of Burlington, Potter of Clarendon, Randall of Troy, Sharpe of Bristol, Spengler of Colchester, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Weston of Burlington, Wheeler of Derby, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Public property; competitive grants; farmers’ markets

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to establish a competitive grants program to help farmers’ markets to enhance or expand their capacity.

AN ACT RELATING TO COMPETITIVE GRANTS PROGRAM FOR FARMERS’ MARKETS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  29 V.S.A. chapter 65 is added to read:

CHAPTER 65.  COMPETITIVE GRANTS

§ 1801.  FARMERS’ MARKETS

(a)  A municipality and an organization which operates a farmers’ market in the municipality may apply to the commissioner of buildings and general services for a grant to purchase material improvements or equipment for the purpose of enhancing or expanding the capacity of the market to increase and facilitate public access to fresh, locally grown food products.

(b)  Grant awards shall be determined by a committee made up of the commissioner of buildings and general services or designee, the commissioner of agriculture, foods and markets or designee, one person chosen by the Northeast Organic Farmers Association of Vermont, one person chosen by the Vermont Farm Bureau, and one member from each of the senate and house committees on institutions chosen by the senate committee on committees and the speaker of the house, respectively.  Members shall be entitled to a per diem and expense reimbursement pursuant to 2 V.S.A. § 406 and 32 V.S.A. § 1010. 

(c)  The committee shall develop an application form, establish criteria for evaluation of applications, establish a process for reviewing and selecting grant recipients, and establish a system for holding recipients accountable.

(d)  The committee shall select grant recipients based on an applicant’s ability to demonstrate broad community support for expansion or enhancement of the program.  Grants may be up to $20,000.00 and shall be matched on a one to one basis. 

(e)  The commissioner of buildings and general services shall administer the farmers’ market competitive grants program.

Sec. 2.  APPROPRIATION

The amount of $200,000 is appropriated from funds raised through bonded debt issuance in FY 2008 to the commissioner of buildings and general services for the farmers’ market competitive grants established in Sec. 1 of this act.



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