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COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center: Business (Extended)

Resources for Business | Resources Include: Sector Guidance, Financial Assistance, Unemployment Information

COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center: Individuals (Extended)

Resources for Individuals | Resources Include: Financial Assistance, Housing, Unemployment Insurance

COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center: Community (Extended)

Resources for Communities | Resources Include: Municipal Assistance, Community Solutions, Essential Needs and Services

COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center

Expanded Economic Recovery Grant Program | Overview Webinar

ACCD and the Department of Taxes hosted several webinars about the latest round of economic recovery grants (called the Expanded Economic Recovery Grant Program). Leadership discussed the application process and award calculations, and answered questions. Find recordings of the webinars.

Current News

NEW October 30, 2020 The deadline to submit applications for the Vermont Ski Area Recreation Safety Grants has been extended to Friday, November 6th. Vermont Ski Resort COVID-19 Winter Operations Guidance is anticipated to be announced the week of November 2nd, and ski areas may take an extra week to assess their project needs and ensure their grant requests reflect this most current guidance. Ski areas who have already applied may re-submit an updated application package as necessary. Please read the full Notice of Funds Available for eligibility and application requirements, and refer to Addendum 2 of the NOFA for details about this extension.

October 26, 2020 Due to rising COVID-19 case counts throughout the Northeast, and the decisions of Massachusetts and New Hampshire officials to suspend ice rink activities due to numerous outbreaks, the State of Vermont has announced updated policies to reduce risk. Vermont-based youth and adult recreational sports are now restricted to in-state activities only, with strict limits on the number of spectators permitted in attendance at indoor sports events.

October 26, 2020 ACCD and the Department of Taxes are administering Expanded Economic Recovery Grants. The Department of Taxes application is open now through the myVTax portal until 11:59pm on October 30, 2020. ACCD opened its application on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 8:00am, and it will be open until Monday, November 9, 2020 at 11:59pm. Find full details including eligibility requirements and how to apply, as well as FAQs for businesses. In addition, ACCD and the Department of Taxes will hosted informational webinars about the program.

Events and Top Requested Resources

Updated Sector Guidance

Be sure to check back periodically for any new updates to sector guidance information on the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order.    The newest updates will be marked in red.

Guidance Clarification for Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grants

ACCD guidance had previously stated that all businesses receiving a Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grant must spend the grant money by December 30, 2020. We are pleased to clarify that if a business obtains an Emergency Economic Recovery Grant for qualifying losses incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020, the awarded grant funds are not required to be spent by the business by December 30, 2020.

Technical Assistance Program Available

ACCD encourages all businesses to look into free technical assistance options now available through the Small Business Recovery Technical Assistance Program. Business support remains available in a variety of areas being provided by the state’s 12 regional development corporations, Champlain College, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Northern Community Investment Corporation, and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.

Ski Area Recreation Safety Grant Program Overview Webinar

Deputy Secretary Ted Brady hosted a webinar on the recently-announced Vermont Ski Area Recreation Safety Grant Program. Deputy Secretary Brady reviewed grant eligibility, the application process, and qualified expenses, and also engaged in a Q&A session with participants. Slides and a recording of the webinar are available.

Simpler PPP Loan Forgiveness Application for Loans of $50,000 or Less

To streamline the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness process, a simpler application for loans of $50,000 or less was recently released. More than 8,000 Vermont small businesses are eligible to use the new, simpler form. Download the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S.

PPP Forgiveness Webinar

The SBA Vermont District Office hosts a twice-weekly webinar to discuss Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness.

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • Join online
  • Join by phone: (202) 765-1264; Code: 237511921#

Round Two of Healthcare Provider Stabilization Grant Program Now Open

The second round of the Healthcare Provider Stabilization Grant Program is now open. Eligible healthcare and human services providers, including those that received funding from the first round, can apply online through November 6th.

Second Round of Hazard Pay Grants Available

The new round of hazard pay grants for essential workers launched on October 28, 2020 and funds will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. The first round was limited to essential workers in the healthcare sector. This new round of hazard pay grants expands eligibility to many additional sectors including lodging, traveling nurses, janitorial services, retail and food service, childcare, and more.

Agriculture Grants Support Resources

The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets continues to offer resources to those looking to apply for grants related to farmers markets, farm to school programs, dairy, and working lands initiatives. A new series of two-minute videos is now available to help guide applicants through the application process. Many of the programs have deadlines in early November.

VBSR Small Business Resiliency Fund

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) has launched the Small Business Resiliency Fund to provide grants to small businesses who demonstrate the ability to rebuild, sustain, and grow their operations through a “triple- bottom-line” focused on people, planet, and prosperity. Grantees will receive cash awards of $10,000 and referrals to VBSR partner organizations for technical and business assistance. Further information will be made available in early November and applications will be due Monday, November 16th. For more information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions.

Mask Mandate Signage Available

ACCD has available signage for businesses, organizations, and partners to help inform that masks will be required on August 1st. The signage options also include posters to help explain why it is important to wear a mask and are part of the larger statewide mask education effort being coordinated through ACCD and the Agency of Human Services.

Restaurant Industry Survey

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Vermont Independent Restaurants, is conducting a short survey to continue to learn about the impacts of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry. Data collected will be used for continued restaurant relief and recovery advocacy work. The survey takes less than 3 minutes to complete.

Farmers Market and Farm to School Grants Announced

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets launched two new Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Programs (VCAAP) to address COVID-19 pandemic impacts on our agricultural communities. The VCAAP Farmers’ Market Application is open to farmers’ markets with less than $10,000 in annual gross sales. Eligible applicants can apply for up to $2,000. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 6th. The VCAAP Farm to School Application is open to schools and licensed or registered child care providers. Eligible applicants can apply for up to $10,000. The deadline is Monday, November 2nd.

Agriculture and Working Lands Assistance

The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is accepting applications for Agriculture and Working Lands Assistance grants. A total of $8.5 million is available to help farmers, meat and poultry processors, slaughterhouses, farmers markets, agricultural food products businesses, forest products businesses, and producer associations to cover losses and expenses caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. A series of webinars will be held to walk prospective applicants through the application process and answer questions.

Everyone Eats Program RFP

In response to COVID-19, restaurants, farmers and community organizations stepped forward to help feed neighbors experiencing food insecurity. These programs have helped stabilize communities by nourishing Vermonters, alleviating the surging demand on food shelves, and providing economic support to restaurants. The State of Vermont has allocated $5M from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to a new program called Everyone Eats, which supports restaurants feeding Vermonters in need. Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA), the fiscal agent for the program, is requesting proposals from community organizations around the state to further these programs in the months ahead. Visit the SEVCA website for more information and to submit a proposal.

Restart Plan Templates Available

The Work Smart and Stay Safe initiative requires businesses that closed for 7 days or more to adopt or create a sector-specific reopening and training plan before reopening. Restart plan templates are available and can help businesses establish best practices as they reopen and train employees on safety precautions and protocols.

PPE Survey for Businesses

Various Vermont business organizations have come together to launch a survey for employers to help quantify the use, demand (current and future), and supply of masks/face coverings around the state. Participation in the survey will help inform ongoing efforts to assist Vermont employers in securing the masks/face coverings and other PPE they need to operate safely.

Recovery Resource for Communities

The Local Support and Community Action Team, a committee of the Economic Mitigation & Recovery Task Force, is developing strategies to speed long-term community recovery. Their new website shares stand-out examples of best practices and other news in the Vermont community recovery.

Archived Q&A Webinars for Municipalities

Find previous question and answer webinars with Deputy Secretary Ted Brady that covered best practices, tools, and resources for municipalities. This event series was jointly hosted by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) and ACCD.

Resources for Vermont's Creative Sector

The COVID-19 outbreak brings particularly uncertain and challenging times for Vermont's creative sector, and the Vermont Arts Council is working to enable artists and arts and culture organizations to respond effectively. Visit the Council's COVID-19 Resource Page to find information about special funding opportunities, recovery and response events for the creative sector, and how to stay connected through virtual art experiences while social distancing, and more.

Mandatory Safety Training

All employees returning to work according to the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidelines, including those already working, must complete a mandatory training on health and safety requirements as provided by VOSHA, or another training program that meets or exceeds the VOSHA-provided standard. The Department of Labor has posted training materials in both online and printable formats. Completed training certificates should kept on hand by each employer.

Business Impact Assessments

ACCD wants to hear from all Vermont businesses impacted by the response to the COVID-19 virus. Please share these impacts via the ACCD Business Impact Form, which will help us assess the full impact as we work toward solutions.

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