Economic & Business Resources
ACCD’s COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center includes comprehensive information for businesses, individuals, and communities to assist in recovery and FAQs on how to access resources. This page is updated daily to reflect the latest news and information: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19-guidance
For unemployment claims and support, connect with VT Department of Labor: http://labor.vermont.gov/unemployment-insurance/ui-claimants
Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation’s website summarizes COVID- related programs, resources, and assistance for the local business community.
ACCD Weekly Webinar
ACCD will host the next weekly pandemic information for Vermont businesses webinar on Wednesday, January 20th. ACCD, the Department of Health, and the Department of Public Safety will provide updates and be available to answer your questions. Businesses can submit questions ahead of time via an online form.
Find full details on the webinar series, including recordings of previous weeks’ webinars at the ACCD COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center.
Shuttered Venues Operators Grant (SVOG) Program
The Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, including live venue operators and promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, museum operators, motion picture theater operators, and talent representatives. Although the SVOG is not active yet, organizations can prepare in the meantime. The SBA recently released an FAQ guidance document to help answer questions here.
SBA Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance Program
The SBA has begun rolling out the Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance, which provides additional funds to businesses in low-income communities. Applicants do not need to take any action at this time, as SBA will reach out to those who qualify. All communications from SBA will be sent from an official government email with an @sba.gov ending.
COVID-19 Stimulus Equity Fund: Open through March 1st
The COVID-19 Stimulus Equity Fund is Vermont’s relief fund for people who were excluded from the federal stimulus due to their immigration status. Applications are now being accepted through March 1st for those who were ineligible to receive a 2020 federal coronavirus stimulus payment due to immigration status.
Save Our Stages (SOS) Grants
The CAA includes a new $15 billion grant program called Save Our Stages (“SOS Grants”) through which the U.S. Small Business Administration will provide aid to struggling live venue operators and related businesses. The grants will offer a critical lifeline for the nation’s performing arts venues, movie theatres and museums. Read more about the program and eligibility.