SBA Program Information Resources
For more information on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program (SVOG), the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, the Community Navigator pilot program and all other resources available through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), visit their COVID-19 relief page.
Paycheck Protection Program Deadline Extended
The deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended until May 31st. The Vermont District Office of the SBA continues to offer two weekly webinars on First and Second Draw PPP loans and PPP loan forgiveness. ACCD encourages businesses to sign up for their newsletter to get the most timely updates to the PPP and Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program.
Sole Proprietor Stabilization Grant Program
A second round of sole proprietor grants from Vermont Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) are available. This additional funding will offer grants of between $1,500 and $10,000 to qualifying sole proprietors on a first come, first served basis. The application for this new round of funding opened on April 5th. Businesses can find technical assistance resources at the grant program website.
Targeted EIDL Advance Update
The Small Business Administration has begun rolling out the Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance, which provides businesses located in low-income communities with additional funds. Applicants do not need to take any action at this time. The SBA will reach out to those who qualify. An FAQ document has been posted with additional information.
COVID-19 EIDL Deferment Period Extended
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced extended deferment periods for all disaster loans, including the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, until 2022.
All SBA disaster loans made in calendar year 2020, including COVID-19 EIDL, will have a first payment due date extended from 12-months to 24-months from the date of the note.
All SBA disaster loans made in calendar year 2021, including COVID-19 EIDL, will have a first payment due date extended from 12-months to 18-months from the date of the note.
Housing Support Services
If you are struggling with your mortgage, rent, utilities and other housing expenses because of COVID-19, your local Home Ownership Center can help. They have HUD-approved counselors on staff and available to help you obtain the assistance you need to keep your home. These housing counseling services are provided to any household affected by COVID-19.
Your location will influence which Homeownership Center can provide assistance to you. Find the Homeownership Center that covers your region.
Cultural Facilities Grants
Cultural Facilities Grants, offered by the Vermont Arts Council, applications for awards of up to $30,000 to Vermont nonprofit organizations and municipalities to increase the physical capacity to provide cultural activities for the public are now being accepted through June 7th.
New Tourism Events Calendar
VDTM is preparing to launch a new events calendar on VermontVacation.com. If you are planning an event for this summer or fall, we’d love to include it in the new calendar. Please send an email to Sara.DeFilippi@vermont.gov if you are interested and we will follow up with next steps. Don’t have an event? Make sure your business is listed on our trip planning directory by signing up.
Survey: Summer Employment Opportunities for Vermont’s Young Adults
The Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) wants to hear from Vermont employers and business leaders who are interested in potentially providing work experiences (paid and unpaid) for Vermont youth and young adults this summer. Find full details and the survey at the VDOL website.
Food System Strategic Plan 2021-2030
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets have released the Vermont Agriculture and Food System Strategic Plan 2021-2030. Working with over 1,500 Vermonters over 18 months, the plan lays out a vision and 15 goals for advancing the agriculture and food systems in Vermont.
Vermont Everyone Eats Relaunches
ACCD has allocated $1.6 million to Southeastern Vermont Community Action, the Everyone Eats Program Administrator, to relaunch the program. Though this allocation only funds three weeks of programming, partners across the state including the Scott Administration and the Legislature are working together to identify additional funding opportunities. In 2020, Everyone Eats funded over 530,000 meals, injecting $5.3 million into local restaurants and nearly $500,000 to Vermont farms and food producers.
COVID-19 Guidelines Research Study
Researchers at the University of Vermont are conducting a survey to study how Vermonters as well as out of state residents that recently traveled to the state are understanding and responding to Vermont’s COVID-19 guidelines. Complete the online survey and be entered to win one of ten $25 gift cards to a local Vermont business.
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.
Amtrak Service in Vermont Resumes July 19
The Vermont Agency of Transportation has announced the upcoming resumption of Amtrak service in the state. Visitors and Vermonters alike will soon be able to travel between East Coast cities and Vermont. The Vermonter connects Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Hartford, and stops in Massachusetts and New Hampshire to one of nine Vermont communities. The Ethan Allen Express links New York and Vermont via the scenic Hudson River Valley. Current safety protocols include contactless boarding and enhanced surface cleaning, and trains are equipped with onboard air filtration systems. Additionally, all change fees are waived for reservations made by September 6, 2021, allowing greater flexibility with travel plans.
PPP Webinars with the SBA Vermont District Office
PPP Forgiveness Webinars
- Tuesdays, 11:30am – 1:00pm
- Join online
- Call-in at 202-765-1264 (Code: 986 011 495#)
PPP First and Second Draw Webinars
- Wednesday, 9:00am – 10:30am
- Join online
- Call-in at 202-765-1264 (Code: 142 718 62#)
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 Pandemic disaster declaration is extended to December 31, 2021 as a result of the recent COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress. For full details, visit the SBA website.
Resource Guides to Help Small Businesses
The pandemic has hit small businesses hard and understanding where to turn to for support can be a challenge in and of itself. For this reason, a few resources are now available in one place to help guide business owners in this time of need. The Vermont Everyone Eats program has put together resources for the restaurant community and the Department of Mental Health has put together a business resource page for any business in need of mental health support with tips to stay mentally healthy.
Emergency Staffing Jobs Available
The State of Vermont is developing a hiring pool of candidates who will be assigned as needed in the event of staffing shortages due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Currently, this is focused on long term care facilities, and positions include those such as Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Licensed Nursing Assistants, and unlicensed caregivers. Individuals who are new to the field, as well as those who are recently retired or who only work part-time currently, are encouraged to apply. For more information, or to find volunteer opportunities, visit www.covidstaffing.vermont.gov.
Unemployment Insurance Update
Unemployment Insurance programs under the CARES Act have been extended with recent COVID-19 economic relief legislation. Programs include Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, which has been reinstated to provide an additional $300 per week to claimants. Full details and updates to these programs are available at the Department of Labor website.
Forevergreen Virtual Concert Series
The Department of Tourism and Marketing’s five-part virtual concert series featuring local Vermont musicians, as well as regional and national acts who have an affinity for the state, is available on-demand.
Northern Vermont Recovery Loans
The Vermont Community Loan Fund has launched the Northern Vermont Recovery Loan Fund, serving manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, forestry and wood products, education and early care, and nonprofits impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Business owners from Vermont’s six northernmost counties – Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Orleans – are eligible. Loans include flexible terms and low- to no-cost debt financing, along with business coaching services and support.
Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
Consider how the re-opening process and operational changes might impact compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The health and safety guidance provided by ACCD does not negate any obligations as outlined by the ADA. Refer to A Primer for Small Business for additional information.
Upcoming VT PTAC Webinars
Whether your business is new to government contracting or is a seasoned vendor, VT PTAC is offering a series of webinars featuring workshops and insights to help all businesses find pathways to government contracts.
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.
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.