Forest Economy Stabilization Grant Program to Open

The Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (DFPR) will open the application for the Forest Economy Stabilization Grant Program August 5.  Click here for more. Qualifying businesses must meet eligibility criteria and grant award calculations will be based on actual demonstrated economic harm during the pandemic. A recording of an informational webinar for applicants will […]

Economic Recovery Grants Program Expanded

Vermont has expanded eligibility for Economic Recovery Grants for Vermont businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the original eligibility criteria, a business was required to have at least one W-2 employee who was not an owner of that business. Starting August 3, businesses with at least one W-2 employee – now including those […]

Retail Operations Capacity Increased

As of August 1, non-essential retail businesses can operate at either 50% of approved fire safety occupancy, 1 customer per 200 square feet, or 10 total customers and staff combined, whichever is greater. For further details and requirements, please refer to the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance by clicking here.

Mask Mandate Signage Available

ACCD has signage available for businesses, organizations and partners to help inform patrons and the public that masks will be required beginning August 1, both indoors and outside, when physical distancing is not possible.  Click here. The signage options also include posters to help explain why it is important to wear a mask and are part of […]

Governor Scott Sets September 8 as State-Wide School Opening Date

Governor Scott has signed a Directive officially setting Tuesday, September 8 as the universal reopening date for Vermont schools (click here). The directive requires all public and independent schools to open for in-person or remote instruction on September 8, with an exception for schools primarily serving students with disabilities, which can restart operations prior to […]

Vermont Economic Recovery Grants Still Available

There is still money available and time remains to apply for Vermont Economic Recovery Grants. Funds are available to Vermont businesses who can demonstrate a revenue decline of at least 50% in any one-month period from March 1 to August 31, when compared with the same month in 2019.  Last week, $33 million in grant […]

Vermont Sole Proprietor Grants Available

An economic relief grant program is available to provide grants of $5,000, $7,500 or $10,000 to qualifying sole proprietors through a lottery draw – it is not first come, first serve. The program is funded through $1.5 million from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s CDBG Program, and passed through ACCD. The application window opens […]

COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program Now Open

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is now accepting applications for the COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program for dairy producers and processors who have experienced income loss, additional expenses, and market disruption as a result of the pandemic. $25 million is available for businesses through the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. For details about the […]

New Initial UI Claimants to Receive Verification Call to Help Address Fraud

Beginning July 14, individuals who established an initial claim for unemployment insurance benefits with the Vermont Department of Labor may receive a phone call to confirm their identity and intent to file. This extra step is being taken to protect Vermonters against fraudulent filers using their personal information. This type of “imposter fraud” has been […]

Vermont Economic Recovery Grant Funding Still Available

After starting taking applications Monday, funding still remains available for Vermont Economic Recovery Grants.  Interested businesses are encouraged to review program information clicking here and application information clicking here. Information from Recent Webinars Available The Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Department of Taxes have hosted several webinars on the Economic Recovery Grants, […]