Governor Scott authorized a second round of the Vermont Frontline Employees Hazard Pay Grant Program. Employers in qualified sectors, whose employees were engaged in activities substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency or were providing essential services to Vermonters may be eligible to apply for $1,200 or $2000 per employee who meet grant criteria. The grant program now also includes former employees that worked during the covered period of March 13, 2020 through May 15, 2020. These funds have been made available to the State of Vermont through the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. The Department of Financial Regulation, with support from Agency of Human Services, is administering this program.
The second round of the grants will open later in October 2020. Grants will be awarded through an online application process and funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Webinar on the expanded Frontline Employees Hazard Pay Grant Program
On Monday, October 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm, staff from AHS and DFR will provide an overview of the recently expanded Frontline Employees Hazard Pay Grant Program. The overview will include details about employer and employee eligibility and the application process. Staff will also be available to answer your questions via the webinar’s chat function.
To join the webinar, simply click the following link at 3:00 pm on Monday, October 26:
Information for Employers
- Hazard Pay Application Portal [CLOSED]
- Frequently Asked Questions for Employers (updated 10/21/20)
- Hazard Pay Program Guidance (updated 10/22/20)
- Hazard Pay Application Instructions
- Grant Funds Spending Report Instructions
- Online Question Submission Form
Information for Current Employees
Only Covered Employers may apply for this grant opportunity on behalf of their employees. As an employee, you may reach out to your employer directly and refer them to program guidance located on this website.
Information for Former Employees
Employers that apply for second round grants must submit a list of former employees who performed jobs in a qualified field with an elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19 during the eligible period (March 13, 2020- May 15, 2020). Covered Employers who received grants in the first round of the program may also apply for grants for their former employees. If a Covered Employer’s grant application is approved, the State of Vermont will notify each former employee identified by that Covered Employer that they are eligible to apply for a direct grant payment.
Former employees will be notified of their eligibility using contact information supplied by their former employer. The notice will include a direct grant application that the former employee must return in order to receive a grant payment. If the former employee’s direct grant application is approved, the former employee will be paid their hazard pay grant directly by the State of Vermont. If a former employee does not return their application on or before the deadline indicated in their notice letter, the former employee will not receive a grant payment. No former employees will be eligible to receive a grant unless their former employers first identifies them as an eligible former employee, and the former employer’s grant application is approved. Former employees who received more than one week of unemployment benefits during the eligible period (March 13, 2020- May 15, 2020) are not eligible to receive a grant.
- Frequently Asked Questions for Former Employees