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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 will host several webinars about the latest round of economic recovery grants (called the Expanded Economic Recovery Grant Program). Leadership will walk-through the application process and award calculations, and will answer questions. Join the webinar on October 21st at 12:00pm.

Current News

New October 20, 2020 Governor Scott announced that ACCD and the Department of Taxes will administer a new round of grants for businesses: Expanded Economic Recovery Grants. The Department of Taxes application is open now through the myVTax portal until midnight on October 30, 2020. ACCD will be opening our application in the next week and the window to submit applications will also be two weeks. 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 host informational webinars about the program Wednesday, October 21st at noon and Friday, October 23rd at 10:00am.

October 16, 2020 Governor Phil Scott has issued an executive order prohibiting Vermont’s skating rinks from accepting new reservations for use of their facilities beginning today, October 16th at 5:00pm, through midnight on October 30, 2020. The directive follows the decision by the State of New Hampshire to close indoor skating facilities for two weeks and is intended to prevent an influx of new users from high risk areas into Vermont’s ice rinks. Rinks may allow their currently scheduled operations over this two-week period, provided all other existing health and safety guidance is fully implemented.

October 16, 2020 ACCD announced today a Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) to help Vermont’s ski areas provide a safe skiing and riding experience in the 2020/2021 season. This program provides grants of up to $200,000 to downhill and cross country ski areas to make these improvements or to reimburse a ski area that has made an eligible physical improvement since March 1, 2020.

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.

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#

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.

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 to Launch Soon

The new round of hazard pay grants for essential workers will launch 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. The Department of Financial Regulation and the Agency of Human Services will host a webinar on Monday, October 26th at 3:00pm. Updated program guidance and application instructions for round two of the program will be made available soon.

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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