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HEALTH CARE PROVIDER STABILIZATION GRANT: APPLICATION OPENS JULY 17, WEBINAR JULY 20

Vermont’s Health Care Provider Stabilization Grant Program will launch on Friday, July 17, 2020.

The grant program utilizes up to $275,000,000 from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide direct cash grants to eligible health care and human service providers who have lost revenue and/or observed increased expenses due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The grants will be administered by the Agency of Human Services for a broad spectrum of health and human service provider types, spanning self-employed practitioners to peer services providers to hospitals. To ensure equity in the process and to encourage all eligible providers to seek funding, applicants will have four weeks to complete the application and grants will be awarded only after all applications have been received and in accordance with demonstrated need.

The Health Care Provider Stabilization Grant Program application will open on Friday, July 17 and providers have through August 15 to submit their information electronically. AHS will administer two application cycles: one beginning July 17 (for the time-period March 1, 2020 – June 15, 2020), and one beginning in October (for the time-period June 16, 2020 – September 30, 2020). If demonstrated need in the first application cycle exceeds the allocated funding amount, AHS may prioritize the distribution of funds in the first cycle.

All applications will be reviewed after the application period closes, not on a first-come first-served basis.
Funding determinations will be made based on the total need demonstrated in the applications received, subject to available funding.

Funding will be issued as one or more grant payments beginning in late-August for the first application cycle. Applicants who apply in the first cycle and remain eligible in the second cycle can update the application from the first cycle.

A broad array of health care and human service providers are eligible for funding through this Grant program. If you are a provider and are not certain if you are eligible, please use the web-based application form to inquire about your eligibility. Eligibility requirements include:

Organizations must be Vermont-based and have been in operation on/before February 1, 2020;

Demonstration of lost revenue resulting from COVID-19 and/or increased expenses due to COVID-19;

Completion of the application and submission of required substantiation documentation through the web-based application form;

Disclosure of financial relief received to date, including from federal, state, and other sources; and

Provider agreement to the terms and conditions of grant funding including those in accordance with section 601 of the Social Security Act, as added by section 5001 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

On Monday, July 20, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., the Agency of Human Services and the Department of Vermont Health Access will host a webinar to walk providers through general information about the grant application process, eligibility requirements, award determination information, and what documents provider organizations should plan to submit when applying for a Health Care Provider Stabilization grant.

Health care and human service providers are encouraged to sign up to receive an e-mail notifying them when the application is open and related updates by completing an online form. Details for attending the webinar will be located online at:

https://humanservices.vermont.gov/help-and-resourc…
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HEALTH CARE PROVIDER STABILIZATION GRANT: APPLICATION OPENS JULY 17, WEBINAR JULY 20

Vermont’s Health Care Provider Stabilization Grant Program will launch on Friday, July 17, 2020. 

The grant program utilizes up to $275,000,000 from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide direct cash grants to eligible health care and human service providers who have lost revenue and/or observed increased expenses due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The grants will be administered by the Agency of Human Services for a broad spectrum of health and human service provider types, spanning self-employed practitioners to peer services providers to hospitals. To ensure equity in the process and to encourage all eligible providers to seek funding, applicants will have four weeks to complete the application and grants will be awarded only after all applications have been received and in accordance with demonstrated need.

The Health Care Provider Stabilization Grant Program application will open on Friday, July 17 and providers have through August 15 to submit their information electronically. AHS will administer two application cycles: one beginning July 17 (for the time-period March 1, 2020 – June 15, 2020), and one beginning in October (for the time-period June 16, 2020 – September 30, 2020). If demonstrated need in the first application cycle exceeds the allocated funding amount, AHS may prioritize the distribution of funds in the first cycle.

All applications will be reviewed after the application period closes, not on a first-come first-served basis.
Funding determinations will be made based on the total need demonstrated in the applications received, subject to available funding.

Funding will be issued as one or more grant payments beginning in late-August for the first application cycle. Applicants who apply in the first cycle and remain eligible in the second cycle can update the application from the first cycle.

A broad array of health care and human service providers are eligible for funding through this Grant program. If you are a provider and are not certain if you are eligible, please use the web-based application form to inquire about your eligibility. Eligibility requirements include:

Organizations must be Vermont-based and have been in operation on/before February 1, 2020;

Demonstration of lost revenue resulting from COVID-19 and/or increased expenses due to COVID-19;

Completion of the application and submission of required substantiation documentation through the web-based application form;

Disclosure of financial relief received to date, including from federal, state, and other sources; and

Provider agreement to the terms and conditions of grant funding including those in accordance with section 601 of the Social Security Act, as added by section 5001 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

On Monday, July 20, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., the Agency of Human Services and the Department of Vermont Health Access will host a webinar to walk providers through general information about the grant application process, eligibility requirements, award determination information, and what documents provider organizations should plan to submit when applying for a Health Care Provider Stabilization grant. 

Health care and human service providers are encouraged to sign up to receive an e-mail notifying them when the application is open and related updates by completing an online form. Details for attending the webinar will be located online at: 

https://humanservices.vermont.gov/help-and-resources/covid-19-information
Reminder: Both of these programs are now open for applications, and the rental assistance program is first-come, first served. >>>

COVID-19 RENTAL AND MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS LAUNCH

The new Mortgage Assistance Program will begin taking applications on Monday, July 13.

The program, funded by the Legislature under H.966, will help low-income Vermont homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage and are facing economic hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will provide up to three monthly mortgage payments directly to the servicer of the mortgage with a goal of preventing future foreclosure. Administered by Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), the program is available to any homeowner who meets the eligibility criteria, and is not just for VHFA borrowers.

This program IS NOT first-come-first-served but instead will be prioritized to those who are lowest income and most at risk of foreclosure. Information is available at vhfa.org/map

Also beginning July 13: The Rental Housing Stabilization Program. This is for tenants and landlords who have been affected by COVID-19. This IS a first-come-first-served application process. Information can be found here:

https://www.vsha.org/rental-housing-stabilization-program/

EXTENDED BENEFITS NOW AVAILABLE TO VERMONTERS ON UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS

Montpelier – Up to 20 weeks of Extended Benefits (EB) are now available for Vermonters who exhausted all other available benefits, the Vermont Department of Labor announced today. These additional weeks were made available due to the increase in the State’s overall unemployment rate based on predetermined economic thresholds. The program will help Vermonters who are still not able to get back to work.

Regular unemployment insurance benefits provide a maximum of 26 weeks benefits, while Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which was a component of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, provides an additional 13 weeks. For regular unemployment insurance claimants that transition to PEUC, additional weeks from PEUC must be exhausted first before transitioning onto EB, if found eligible.

Claimants filing as a part of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which provides benefits for those not traditionally eligible for regular unemployment insurance, are not eligible for PEUC, but may be eligible for EB. As with regular unemployment insurance claimants, PUA claimants would experience no delay in transition from PUA to EB.

For more information on the Department of Labor and unemployment insurance, go to labor.vermont.gov.
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COVID-19 RENTAL AND MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS LAUNCH

The new Mortgage Assistance Program will begin taking applications on Monday, July 13. 

The program, funded by the Legislature under H.966, will help low-income Vermont homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage and are facing economic hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The program will provide up to three monthly mortgage payments directly to the servicer of the mortgage with a goal of preventing future foreclosure. Administered by Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), the program is available to any homeowner who meets the eligibility criteria, and is not just for VHFA borrowers.

This program IS NOT first-come-first-served but instead will be prioritized to those who are lowest income and most at risk of foreclosure. Information is available at vhfa.org/map

Also beginning July 13: The Rental Housing Stabilization Program. This is for tenants and landlords who have been affected by COVID-19. This IS a first-come-first-served application process. Information can be found here:  

https://www.vsha.org/rental-housing-stabilization-program/
GRANTS ON THE WAY FOR SOLE PROPRIETORS: 

The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development received $4.2 million in federal CARES funding in May 2020. DHCD has decided to set aside more than $1.5 million of this money to offer more than 200 individual grants, ranging from
 $5,000 to $10,000, to Vermont sole proprietors, who for various reasons are not eligible for the business grants now flowing to other Vermont businesses.

 Watch the DHCH website closely for details on these grants, which will be administered through the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation and the Two Rivers Regional Planning Commission.

https://accd.vermont.gov/housing

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Where can I find more information about this? I clicked on the link above, and cant find any info on grants coming for sole proprietors....do you know where I can find more info? thanks!

The Legislature appropriated $5 million for women- and minority-owned businesses impacted by the COVID-19 economic shutdown. MONDAY, JULY 6, IS THE DAY TO APPLY for up to $50,000 in grant funding to support your enterprise.

Please check out these infographics developed by the Vermont Commission on Women to learn who is eligible to apply, as well as the documents you need to gather in advance. The funding is offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, so its important to be ready to apply on Monday. 

You can learn more here too: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/economic-recovery-grantsImage attachment

THURSDAY, JULY 2: FREE WEBINAR FOR BUSINESS OWNERS ON GRANTS PROGRAM OPENING MONDAY

The Agency for Commerce and Community Development will host an ONLINE WEBINAR on Thursday, July 2 from 3-4 pm to brief business owners and employers on how to apply for the first round of Economic Relief and Recovery Grants when the application portal opens on Monday, July 6.

Tune in to the one-hour overview, so you are prepared to apply:

https://accd.vermont.gov/content/…

A second webinar is set for Friday July 3 from 8-9 am and 11 am-12 pm (online or via phone).

This is a first-come,-first-served grants program, deploying $70 million (via bill S.350) to undergird the hardest-hit VT establishments.

This round of grants is for businesses that can document a 75% or greater reduction in revenues for any month from March-August 2020 compared to the same month in 2019.

There will be a set formula for calculation of the grant award based upon prior year revenues. The maximum grant award will be $50,000.

There will be a second tranche of funding for businesses via H.966, a bill that was delivered to the Governor on June 30. This will be for businesses with documented revenue reduction of 50% or greater over the same month in 2019

For regular updates from ACCD, please subscribe to their E-newsletter: https://vermont.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe/…

Information is also available from the Bennington County Regional Commission: Contact: Bill Colvin (bcolvin@bcrcvt.org) or Jonathan Cooper (jcooper@bcrcvt.org) at the BCRC.
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THURSDAY, JULY 2: FREE WEBINAR FOR BUSINESS OWNERS ON GRANTS PROGRAM OPENING MONDAY

The Agency for Commerce and Community Development will host an ONLINE WEBINAR on Thursday, July 2 from 3-4 pm to brief business owners and employers on how to apply for the first round of Economic Relief and Recovery Grants when the application portal opens on Monday, July 6.

Tune in to the one-hour overview, so you are prepared to apply:

https://accd.vermont.gov/content/economic-recovery-grants-overview-webinar

A second webinar is set for Friday July 3 from 8-9 am and 11 am-12 pm (online or via phone).

This is a first-come,-first-served grants program, deploying $70 million (via bill S.350) to undergird the hardest-hit VT establishments.

This round of grants is for businesses that can document a 75% or greater reduction in revenues for any month from March-August 2020 compared to the same month in 2019. 
 
There will be a set formula for calculation of the grant award based upon prior year revenues.  The maximum grant award will be $50,000. 

There will be a second tranche of funding for businesses via H.966, a bill that was delivered to the Governor on June 30. This will be for businesses with documented revenue reduction of 50% or greater over the same month in 2019

For regular updates from ACCD, please subscribe to their E-newsletter: https://vermont.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ff50346b45ae607c4e55c01ec&id=73312ef76e

Information is also available from the Bennington County Regional Commission: Contact: Bill Colvin (bcolvin@bcrcvt.org) or Jonathan Cooper (jcooper@bcrcvt.org) at the BCRC.

REMINDER: BRING YOUR OWN BAG!

After July 1, stores and food service establishments in Vermont will no longer provide single-use plastic carryout bags at the point of checkout.

Plastic bags will be still allowed in stores and food-service businesses for containing certain small items (for example: fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee, hardware items, frozen foods, meat, fish, prescription medications) or for laundry, dry cleaning, and other large garments.

Stores and food service establishments can sell paper carryout bags at check-out, for a minimum of $0.10 each.

Paper bags will be allowed in stores and food service establishments for packaging loose items within a store, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee, grains, bakery goods, candy, greeting cards, or small hardware items.

After July 1, food service establishments will no longer offer plastic straws to customers, though they may provide straws made from alternative materials or if a customer requests a straw. Plastic stirrers are also banned, though stirrers made of alternative materials can be provided.

After July 1, stores and food service establishments will no longer provide or sell food or beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene including plates and cups, trays, egg cartons, and take-out containers. Expanded polystyrene is still allowed for trays used to package uncooked meat, fish, poultry, or seafood, products packaged out-of-state or packaged for sale out-of-state.

This is a bill that a lot of local students worked very hard to see passed. It was gratifying to see them in the statehouse — and for them to know that their voice matters.
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REMINDER: BRING YOUR OWN BAG! 

After July 1, stores and food service establishments in Vermont will no longer provide single-use plastic carryout bags at the point of checkout. 

Plastic bags will be still allowed in stores and food-service businesses for containing certain small items (for example: fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee, hardware items, frozen foods, meat, fish, prescription medications) or for laundry, dry cleaning, and other large garments. 

Stores and food service establishments can sell paper carryout bags at check-out, for a minimum of $0.10 each. 

Paper bags will be allowed in stores and food service establishments for packaging loose items within a store, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee, grains, bakery goods, candy, greeting cards, or small hardware items.

After July 1, food service establishments will no longer offer plastic straws to customers, though they may provide straws made from alternative materials or if a customer requests a straw. Plastic stirrers are also banned, though stirrers made of alternative materials can be provided.

After July 1, stores and food service establishments will no longer provide or sell food or beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene including plates and cups, trays, egg cartons, and take-out containers. Expanded polystyrene is still allowed for trays used to package uncooked meat, fish, poultry, or seafood, products packaged out-of-state or packaged for sale out-of-state.

This is a bill that a lot of local students worked very hard to see passed. It was gratifying to see them in the statehouse — and for them to know that their voice matters.

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All in the middle of a pandemic when take out is better than eat in. I still think grocery stores should be like Aldi's. Bag your own at the car

I always try to do my own bagging (to facilitate kitchen put-away), but will the COVID protocol continue to keep store personnel from touching our reusable bags?

Vermont businesses and nonprofits: Please make sure youre ready to apply for the economic recovery grants that will soon be released. Sign up for the ACCD newsletter, and check the websites at the Vermont Department of Taxes and Agency of Commerce and Community Development for instructions and information.

https://tax.vermont.gov/coronavirus#relief

https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/economic-recovery-grants

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Kath, one of the things that strikes me is the challenge non-profits may face in all this - primarily because the industry trend is the bulk of proceeds arriving in the last quarter of any given year. I'll be interested to see how the NGOs around the state are navigating this, as a look at the first two quarters may not be as indicative as the view forward if they had a crystal ball for Nov and Dec...