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Last Updated: September 15, 2020

COVID-19 Announcements

NVDA staff continue to work remotely. When staff are present in our offices they will follow VT Department of Health and CDC guidelines by wearing face covering and maintaining physical distancing. We will continue to keep you informed of updated COVID-19 news and announcements by posting information on our website and Facebook, and in NVDA's bi-monthly newsletters.


If there is an urgent need to communicate with NVDA, please contact:


Governor Phil Scott Encourages Vermonters

to be diligent and continue with the simple steps that have allowed Vermont, over several months, to build and maintain some of the lowest infection rates in the country. It's up to everyone to continue taking careful precautionary steps, cooperate with public health officials, continue remote working practices if possible, and be mindful of travel / visitor guidelines.

New on HealthVermont.gov/covid19

The Data Dashboard has a new look on the webpage. It also shows new data broken down by Vermont county, a graph of new and cumulative cases, and breakdowns by age and sex.

What to Know About Contact Tracing

A contact tracer determines the epidemiological facts - when a person was actually contagious and identifying who they may have been within 6 feet of for at least 15 minutes. They ensure that the person knows how to isolate or quarantine, answers questions, provides support and resources, and protects patient privacy. Vermont's contact tracers have interviewed 96% of people with COVID-19 within 24 hours of receiving their test result. Because the turnaround time is rapid, people can isolate themselves quickly and tracers can then identify and reach out to anyone who was potentially exposed - critical to containing outbreaks and controlling the spread. If you don't hear from the Health Department, that's good news.

Vermont Line Extension Customer Assistance Program (LECAP)

If you're struggling to get Internet at home, this program provides up to $3,000 to qualifying consumers who seek to extend telecommunications lines to their residence. Hundreds of Vermonters without 25/3 Mbps broadband service live beyond the reach of current cable and other internet Service Providers' networks. Learn more: LECAP Information.

VT Emergency Preparedness Conference, September 29 & 30

Conference registration is open. Attendees must pre-register in order to receive the conference link. Register via the Learning Management System at https://vermont.csod.com/. Need help with registration? Contact dps.emhstraining@vermont.gov. Questions about the conference? Brittany.marquette@vermont.gov.

SBA Vermont District Office Hosts More Free Webinars:

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00-10:00 am to discuss the PPP, EIDL and pertinent updates. To join the webinar, visit https://meet.lync.com/sba123/sbmazza/6F6N4YK6. To join by phone, call (202) 765-1264 and enter the code 470177937#. Questions? Brian.declue@sba.gov.
Daily M-F, 9:00-10:00 am to discuss PPP forgiveness and other changes. To join the webinar, visit https://meet.lync.com/sba123/sbmazza/6F6N4YK6. To join by phone, call (202) 765-1264 and enter code 237511921#. Questions? Susan.mazza@sba.gov.



Resource Websites

Local Resources:

NVDA (www.nvda.net), NCIC (www.ncic.org), and the NEK Collaborative (www.nekcollaborative.org), are working to distribute information and guidance on the resources and opportunities available in the region. Reach out by phone, email or Zoom for information.

FEMA COVID-19 Public Assistance

FEMA Applicant Information Contact Kim Canarecci, VT State Public Assistance Officer (802) 585-4209 Kim.Canarecci@vermont.gov.

VT Emergency Management

Connect to resources on the current COVID-19 emergency response in Vermont VEM website. Bruce Melendy is NVDA's Emergency Management Specialist and Regional Emergency Management Coordinator Bmelendy@nvda.net.

USDA Rural Development Resource Webpage

USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate steps to help rural residents, businesses and communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit the website for updates on utilities and housing services. .

VT Manufacturing Extension Center

Vermont's go-to resource for manufacturing has a VMEC COVID-19 Resource webpage.

VT Health Department Daily Coronavirus Update

Up-to-date Information and Guidance Find the latest data about cases, testing, hospitalizations, forecasting, resources, and more.



Business Information

VT Wood Products COVID-Recovery Project

aims to assist Vermont woodworking companies. For a limited time (Sept - Dec 2020) business and technical assistance will be offered free of charge to a limited number of wood products businesses on a first-come, first-served basis: COVID Recovery Business Coaching and Marketing Assistance & Photography. Space is limited! Fill out this form. Visit Vermont Wood Works Council website for complete information.

VT PTAC Fall Webinars

to keep Vermont businesses educated on subjects relevant to government contracting. Sign up for the following 1-hour, virtual learning events:
Sept 17, 10:00 am - Introduction to Capability Statements
Sept 22, 11:00 am - How Small Department of Defense Contractors Can Be Cyber-Compliant
Sept 30, 10:00 am - Intro to Socio-Economic Category Registrations & Certifications
Oct 1, 11:00 am - Pre-Qualification for Marketing Contractors

Did you know?

The VT Small Business Development Center will provide free help to construct financial statements and application forms for disaster relief funding? Contact Ross Hart (802) 535-4240 (cell), Rhart@vtsbdc.org or Heidi Krantz Hkrantz@vtsbdc.org.



Funding Opportunities

Technical Assistance Grants

NVDA will soon be launching a Technical Assistance grant program to support small businesses in the NEK. Please check www.nvda.net and our Facebook page for upcoming information.

Grants for E.M.B.R.A.C.E.

This Micro Business Grant program is for Vermont's smallest businesses owned by an individual with a "household" income at or under 80% of the State median. Applications are now being accepted and grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Disbursed funds must be spent by Dec 30, 2020. For more information, eligibility requirements, and the online application, visit E.M.B.R.A.C.E

Increase to Economic Recovery Grants

An increase to Economic Recovery Grants for Vermont businesses was announced in August. The increase is available to businesses in the lodging, retail, hospitality, arts, travel and event-affiliated sectors that have continued experiencing capacity constraints. Previously, they could receive up to $50,000. Now, those eligible can receive up to an additional $100,000 in grant funding. The increase is available to both new applicants and those applicants that have already received a $50,000 grant. Visit the ACCD website to learn more.

Relief Grants for Ag & Working Lands Businesses

The VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets began accepting applications on August 19th. A total of $8.5 million is available to help farmers, meat & poultry processors, slaughterhouses, farmers markets, ag food products & forest products businesses, and producer associations to cover losses and expenses caused by the public health emergency. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to apply is October 1st.

Artist Development Grants

New this year are grants that support teaching artists in developing the skills necessary to provide remote instruction in K-12 schools. Applications are evaluated in three area: impact, planning, and budget. For eligibility details, visit the website. Application deadline is Sept 28, 2020. (Future round deadlines will be Jan 11, 2021 & May 10, 2021.)

Forest Economy Stabilization Program (FES)

Forestry businesses, including those primarily engaged in managing, harvesting, trucking, processing, manufacturing, crafting, or distribution of forest or wood products derived from Vermont forests should apply for the $5 million FES Grant. Information is available Here.

New England Grassroots Fund - Seed Grant Program

The Seed grant is available for community-based, local initiatives in response to COVID-19 and associated events. The Seed grant program has a brief online application and requests can be up to $1,000 (even if the applicant has an active grant or a pending application for another project.) Read more information about Rapid Response funding.

Municipal Planning Grants for Recovery

VT Department of Housing & Community Development. These flexible grants are ready to support projects for long-term recovery. Application deadline: October 1, 2020. MPG Apply online.

EDA Grant Opportunity

The US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration has released notice of funding and accompanying guidance determining how the $1.5 billion in federal funds from the CARES Act will be distributed to communities across the country. View the Grant Opportunity.

Green Mountain United Way COVID-19 Emergency Relief & Response Fund

Available funding for essential non-profit agencies within the GMUW service area of Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties. Download Application. Visit the GMUW Volunteer Connection seeking community volunteers to fulfill in-kind assistance for local organizations.

Northeast Kingdom Special Loan Program

The VT Economic Development Authority (VEDA) is offering low interest loans under its Small business Program to growing qualified businesses in Essex, Caledonia and Orleans counties. The NEK Program may make loans of up to $150,000 for fixed asset acquisition or for working capital purposes. Find out by visiting the website or by contacting Thomas Porter (802) 828-5460 or Tporter@veda.org.

NVDA Revolving Loan Program

The Northeastern Vermont Development Association has a limited amount of loan funds available for businesses in Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties. Funds may be used for the purchase of real property & equipment, working capital, and feasibility studies. Normal lending guidelines and rules apply. For more information, contact Judith Butson at jbutson@nvda.net or (802) 748-1222.

NCIC Revolving Loan Program

Northern Community Investment Corporation has extensive revolving loan programs targeted for helping NEK employers. Contact Jon Freeman for more information: jfreeman@ncic.org | (802) 748-1888.

Vermont Farm Fund -

2 Valuable Loan Programs: Business Builder Loans are for businesses to invest and innovate for growth to increase the availability of local foods in Vermont. Emergency Loans help businesses that have experienced a catastrophic event and need help to cover the shortfall between insurance coverage and the cost to rebuild. The Vermont Farm Fund offers no-hassle, friendly-term loans to local farmers and food producers. Find out more at www.vermontfarmfund.org.