On March 30, 2020 the Federal CARES Act was signed to provide states with some relief to aid during the COVID-19 pandemic. The State of Vermont received $8,880,293 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV1, CDBG-CV2 and CDBG-CV3) funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Federal CARES Act which is administered by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Department of Housing and Community Development - Vermont Community Development Program. 70% of the CDBG-CV funding is required to serve low- and moderate-income persons. For more information about how the funding will be used review the CARES Act 3rd Amendment for 2019 Action Plan.
Currently VCDP will use CDBG-CV funds to assist municipal public facilities and service projects through its Municipal Public Facility and Service Program.
PLEASE NOTE: The Federal Register allowed the state flexibility to assist entitlements with their CDBG-CV funding. The states only entitlement the City of Burlington is eligible to apply for up to $400,000 of the states funding for the Municipal Public Facility and Service Program to assist the City with municipal and public service projects. Please contact Community Economic Development Office (CEDO) if you are located in the City for potential assistance.
Municipal Public Facility and Service Program
The Municipal Public Facility and Service Program (nearly $2.7 million) is designed to assist communities and non-profits with grants for public facility and service projects that have unmet needs due to COVID19. Projects requesting funding for activities that construct temporary or permanent solutions to structures for meeting COVID19 code requirements are considered public facilities. Projects requesting funding to assist activities that are for new or expanded services to meet COVID19 requirements are considered public services (such as addressing physical health needs of the residents in the community for social distancing and food shelves or meals on wheels for supplies, and materials necessary to continue to carry-out their public service). It will be on a first come first serve basis and will be through a competitive application process. Public service projects serving 70% low- and moderate-income individuals is a priority which may require surveying the population served unless the project serves a population in an area-wide low- and moderate-income community.
This program will provide grants that range from $5,000 to $200,000.
View FY2020 Awards here.
Where and How Do I apply
Municipalities will submit a VCDP 2020 Implementation Grant application through the GEARS system. This application is currently available. Municipalities and non-profits will be required to provide a duplication of benefit affidavit to document unmet needs. VCDP staff will review applications submitted and will make recommendations for project funding to the Vermont Community Development Board at their regularly scheduled board meetings scheduled for November 5, 2020, April 1, 2021, and June 10, 2021 or until all funding has been awarded.
Sole Proprietor Program
The Sole Proprietor Program is announcing a second round of funding (additional $1.6Million) to assist small businesses across the state. The program provides relief grants to support qualifying Sole Proprietors and will be administered on a first come, first serve basis. Applications for this second round of funding will open April 5, 2021 and run through May 26, 2021.
Sole Proprietor funding will be administered by Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) and Two River-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC). BDCC will be administering funds for Addison, Bennington, Lamoille, Rutland, Washington and Windham counties. TRORC will be administering funds for Caledonia, Chittenden (including the City of Burlington), Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Orange, Orleans, and Windsor counties. For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit the Vermont Sole Proprietor Stabilization Program page here.
The first round of grants awarded a total of $1,385,000 to 157 businesses between August 2020 and March 2021.
BDCC has completed a report on the Sole Proprietor Program to demonstrate the geographic disbursement, the low and moderate income percentage, and testimonials from the businesses served.