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Vermont Ski Area Recreation Safety Grant Program FAQs

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.

The following information may be useful when responding to the "Vermont Ski Area Recreation Safety Grant Program" Notice of Funds Available (NOFA).

  1. What kinds of improvements are covered?
  2. Will the grant cover expenses already incurred?
  3. What kind of backup documentation is needed?
  4. What kinds of ski areas are eligible?
  5. If a company owns more than one location, can they submit more than one application?
  6. What is the maximum grant amount?
  7. If my business already received an Economic Recovery Grant, are we eligible for this grant too?
  8. If my business already received a Supplemental Grant, are we eligible for this grant too?
  9. Is there a cap on the number of projects for which my business can receive reimbursement?
  10. Can we use the grant funds to cover personnel costs or administrative costs?
  11. Do ski areas have to have experienced loss?
  12. Will improvements that are not directly related to COVID-19 be considered eligible?
  13. Is there a deadline to spend grant funding?
  14. Is there any reporting required?

What kinds of improvements are covered?

Grants may be used to make physical improvements to facilities in order to mitigate public health and safety risks to the public related to COVID-19 physical distancing and other safety requirements. Applicants must attest that their business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Eligible improvements include:

  • Design, engineering, and implementation of construction related to improvements of ski area facilities, including lodges, lifts, other resort amenities, and associated operations.
  • Rental or purchase of equipment, including tents and other temporary structures, to facilitate physical distancing.
  • Purchase of personal protective equipment, health and safety equipment and related hard goods necessary to facilitate safe operation of ski patrol, ski school and other resort operations – including masks, hand sanitizer, and medical supplies.
  • Technology and related supplies to facilitate contactless transactions, including the purchase and installation of software, hardware, and related supplies to facilitate online lift ticket sales and ticket checking systems.

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Will the grant cover expenses already incurred?

The grant covers costs incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020.

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What kind of backup documentation is needed?

Applicants must include either invoices for work completed or estimates of work to be completed with their application. Invoices and estimates from third parties (contractors) are preferred, however, applicants may submit invoices or estimates from themselves if the work has been or will be done by ski area employees.

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What kinds of ski areas are eligible?

Eligible grantees include for-profit, non-profit, and municipally-owned downhill or cross country ski areas that provide skiing and riding in Vermont.

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If a company owns more than one location, can they submit more than one application?

Each ski area is allowed only one application. If a company owns multiple ski areas, the applicant may submit a distinct application for each ski area if each ski area operates under its own federal employer identification number. 

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What is the maximum grant amount?

The Agency anticipates capping applications at $200,000, but reserves the right to increase or decrease that cap based on demand and the quality of applications. Applicants may submit more than $200,000 worth of invoices or estimates.

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If my business already received an Economic Recovery Grant, are we eligible for this grant too?

Applicants may apply for both an Economic Recovery Grant and a Ski Area Recreation Safety Program Grant. The Agency reserves the right to reduce either grant in the event either program is oversubscribed.

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If my business already received a Supplemental Grant, are we eligible for this grant too?

Yes, applicants may receive both Economic Recovery Grants and Ski Area Recreation Safety Grants.

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Is there a cap on the number of projects for which my business can receive reimbursement?

Yes. Applicants may submit up to 10 expenses per application. An expense may be a single item (I.e.: tent rental for 5 months) or it may be a total project (I.e.: tent rental for 5 months, portable heater rental, site work, and furniture rental) as long as the supporting invoice or estimate includes all elements of the project on one document.

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Can we use the grant funds to cover personnel costs or administrative costs?

No. Grant funds can be used only for the cost of projects. This may include design and engineering work, but not typical administrative costs. Costs for hired contractors are eligible.

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Do ski areas have to have experienced loss?

To be eligible, applicants must attest that their business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Ski areas with a demonstrated need will be prioritized.

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Will improvements that are not directly related to COVID-19 be considered eligible?

No. The program is designed to fund projects directly related to COVID-19. Projects that have the strongest nexus to COVID-19 safety improvements will be prioritized. A Project’s economic impact will also be considered. The project must clearly increase revenue for the ski area as demonstrated through increased employment and more skier days than if the project did not occur. The likelihood that a project can be completed before December 30, 2020, will be considered, as well as the geographic distribution of applicants.

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Is there a deadline to spend grant funding?

Yes. All funding must be obligated by December 10, 2020, and spent by December 30, 2020.

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Is there any reporting required?

Yes. 4.2.2. A project status report is due to the by State December 10, 2020. At the State’s request, any unused funding as of December 10, 2020 must be returned by December 20, 2020.

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