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Covid-19 Paid Leave Grant Program

The COVID-19 Paid Leave Grant Program Portal Is Open for Applications

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Act 183 of 2022 established the COVID-19-Related Paid Leave Grant Program. The Department of Financial Regulation is administering the Program, which provides grants to employers to reimburse eligible costs of providing COVID-19-related paid leave to employees.

Program Guide and Application Instructions

Please carefully review the Covid-19-Related Program Guidance and Application Instructions for detailed information on eligibility and how to apply.

Questions? Email dfr.covidpaidleave@vermont.gov for more details.

Update | December 5, 2022 - 2:55 pm: Technical issues that prevented site visitors from entering EINs, employee information, or otherwise completing applications for the Covid-19 grant program are resolved. 
Please contact us (with screenshots, if possible) with any other technical issues. Thank you, again, for your patience during the opening of this program. Quarter 1 applications will be accepted through January 15,2023.


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    A Summary of Key Information

    • The Program period is from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.
    • Eligible employers will be able to apply for grants to reimburse the cost of paid leave provided to employees for COVID-19-related reasons during the Program period.
    • Grant applications may be submitted on a quarterly basis beginning in October, 2022 and ending on September 30, 2023 for paid leave provided during the preceding calendar quarter. Please note that applications will not be available prior to October, 2022.
    • A limited amount of funding is available for the Program, and grants will be awarded to eligible employers on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note: there is approximately $14,117,400.00 of funding to disburse in grants over the course of the year.
    • Limits apply to the number of hours, hourly wage, and aggregate maximum award per employee that an employer is eligible to receive. Grant funds may only be used in relation to the payment of an employee’s wages for the period when the employee was absent from work for a COVID-19-related reason.
    • Grant recipients will be required to submit a report on use of funds to DFR and return any unspent funds.