Frontline Employees Hazard Pay Grant Program

UPDATE

The Vermont Frontline Employees Hazard Pay Grant Program has ended.

Covered Employers and Current Employees: All approved funds for current employees have been disseminated to Covered Employers. Covered Employers were responsible for disbursing funds to their current employees.  All Covered Employers must complete a Grant Funds Spending Report and return any unspent grant funds.

Former Employees: Grant payments to eligible former employees that submitted approved applications prior to program deadlines are expected to be mailed on or prior to January 15, 2021.  If you do not receive payment by January 30, 2021, please contact hazardpayapplication@vermont.gov. Grant payments to former employees are reportable as taxable income and may be subject to income taxes.

About the Program

Under 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, were eligible to apply for $1,200 or $2000 per employee who met grant criteria. The second round of the grant program included former employees that worked during the covered period of March 13, 2020 through May 15, 2020. These funds were 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, administered this program.

List of Approved Employer Applicants

Lists of approved employer applicants follow below. To maintain the privacy of individuals, this list omits the names of any sole proprietorship that does business in the name of an individual person.

For current employees, if your employer’s application is approved, your employer was responsible for dispersing your hazard pay. For former employees, if your employer’s application was approved, the grant review team contacted you with instructions for applying for your hazard pay directly from the State.

Information for Employers

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

Former Employees Update: Grant payments to eligible former employees that submitted approved applications prior to the applicable deadlines are expected to be mailed on or prior to January 15, 2021.  If you are an eligible former employee who submitted an application and do not receive payment by January 30, 2021, please contact hazardpayapplication@vermont.govGrant payments to former employees are reportable as taxable income and may be subject to income taxes. 

Employers that applied for second round grants were required to 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 could also apply for grants for their former employees. If a Covered Employer’s grant application was approved, the State of Vermont notified each former employee identified by that Covered Employer that they were eligible to apply for a direct grant payment. 

Former employees were notified of their eligibility using contact information supplied by their former employer. The notice included a direct grant application that the former employee was required to return in order to receive a grant payment. If the former employee’s direct grant application was approved, the former employee would be paid their hazard pay grant directly by the State of Vermont. If a former employee did not return their application on or before the applicable deadline, the former employee would not receive a grant payment. No former employees was be eligible to receive a grant unless their former employers first identified them as an eligible former employee, and the former employer’s grant application was approved. Former employees who received more than one week of unemployment benefits during the eligible period (March 13, 2020 - May 15, 2020) were not eligible to receive a grant.  

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