VT Economic Recovery Grants

New Economic Recovery Grants for Vermont’s Small Businesses Owned by Minorities and Women

As a result of the federal CARES act, the State of Vermont has announced new Economic Recovery Grants for Vermont businesses, which includes a set-aside of $2.5 million for women-owned businesses and $2.5 million for minority-owned businesses with 0-5 employees. The Vermont Agency for Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) will host informational webinars about Vermont’s Economic Recovery Grants. Please visit https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/economic-recovery-grants/webinars for details.

Businesses should apply using the ACCD Recovery Grant Resource Center at:

Applications open Monday, July 6th, and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

To be eligible for an Economic Recovery Grant for minority or women owned businesses, the business must have zero – five employees and be:

• At least 51% minority or women owned;
• Organized/registered and in good tax-standing in Vermont;
• Domiciled or have its primary place of business in Vermont;
• In operation on or before February 15, 2020;
• Open for business, or have a plan to re-open; and
• Able to demonstrate that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has suffered a 50% or greater loss in revenue for any monthly period between March 1 and September 1, when compared to the same period in 2019.

Grant Amount
Eligible businesses that submit complete applications will be awarded grants in the amount of 10% of 2019 revenues, up to $50,000 per business.

Eligible Uses
Economic Recovery Grants may be used to address the costs of business interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Preparing to Apply
Before applying, businesses should prepare themselves by gathering the information and documents they will need to submit with their application.

Gather Information
Applicants will need to provide the following information during the application process:

• Vermont Account Identification Number & Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
• The appropriate NAICS code for your business
• Information about any compensation already received (insurance, PPP, EIDL, other federal grant programs due to COVID-19 etc.)

Prepare Documents
Applicants will be required to upload the following documents in .pdf format with their applications:

• 2019 income statement broken down by month
• 2020 income statement broken down by month
• 2019 federal tax return
• 2019 Vermont state tax return
• W-9 (signed)

Technical Assistance Available If you need assistance completing your application or gathering the necessary documents, help will be available from:

Vermont Partnership for Fairness & Diversity
(802) 254-2972


Center for Women and Enterprise
(802) 391-4871

Vermont Economic Recovery Grant Document Preparation FAQs are available in other languages.

Español (Spanish), Francais (French), العربية (Arabic), Kiswahili (Swahili), Soomaali (Somali), Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese), Bosanski (Bosnian), नेपाली (Nepali)

Some Minority/Women Owned Businesses Should Compare Grant Opportunities Before Applying
Separate Economic Recovery Grant programs exist for different kinds of businesses. If your business falls into any of the following categories, we encourage you to compare the available grant opportunities to ensure you’re applying for the right program for your business:

• Restaurants, bars, or lodging properties that collect Rooms and Meals Tax and retail and recreation operations that collect the Sales & Use Tax, and report to the Vermont Department of Taxes monthly or quarterly may apply for a grant program with the Department of Taxes.
• Agricultural producers and providers may be eligible for funding through the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets.
• Healthcare providers can apply for funding through the Health Care Provider Stabilization Grant Program administered by the Agency of Human Services.
• Child Care Providers, Summer Camps, After School Programs can apply for funding through the Agency of Human Services, Department for Children and Families.

Applications open Monday, July 6th, and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Live Assistance Sessions
Starting Sunday, business owners can call/video in to get their technical questions answered by Patti Bisson, tax accountant & owner of 585North, with support from CWEVT Core Counselors. These sessions will focus on prepping the documents people will need to apply for the ACCD grants:

·        How do I find my EIN?
·        How do I find my NAICS?
·        What’s an Income Statement? Do I have one?
·        How do I prep an Income Statement?
·        How do I create a PDF?

Sessions Schedule:
Sunday, 7/5, 5 pm-7 pm
Monday 7/6 : 12 pm-1 pm
Monday 7/6 : 3 pm-4 pm
Tuesday 7/7 : 1 pm-2 pm
Tuesday 7/7 : 6 pm-7 pm
Wednesday 7/8: 1 pm-2 pm
Wednesday 7/8: 6 pm-7 pm
Thursday 7/9: 1 pm-2 pm
Thursday 7/9: 6 pm-7 pm

Access the live sessions here.

Outside of those sessions, clients are able to talk with a business counselor by email: Info.vermont@cweonline.org or phone (802) 391-4871.

Please note: These sessions focus on the technical prep for the grants. They are not intended to give guidance on the details of the grant programs. ACCD has overview webinars available on their website. Click here to access webinars.