Spring Flooding Emergency Disaster Grant


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Posted on 08/03/2011 by the Vt. Department of Labor


The Vermont Department of Labor has released a grant application for public and nonprofit entities that suffered flood damage in Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Orleans counties from April 23 to May 09, 2011 and Caledonia and Washington counties on May 26 and May 27, 2011.

The complete text of the memo is below, and here is the Disaster Relief Fund Application.


National Emergency Disaster Grant

This grant offers labor assistance in clean-up and restoration services to organizations that suffered damage from the severe storms and flooding in Vermont.

Who Qualifies? 

 Worksites will be limited to public and/or private nonprofit facilities.

  • Highest priority will be given to public facilities severely damaged by the floods. 
  • The second priority will be given to private nonprofit facilities which have the highest impact on providing needed temporary services and/or restoring public services, etc. 

 Types of Worksites. Worksites may be established where authorized clean-up, restoration, and service (humanitarian) activities are performed related to the covered disaster. 

  • The purpose of the temporary jobs is to restore the public infrastructure and services so that regular business and employment activities can be resumed.
  • To work on projects that provides humanitarian assistance to victims of the disaster. 
  • Examples of worksites include bike paths, State parks, fire and rescue facilities, health centers, municipal facilities, etc.

Location of Worksites. Worksites must be located in one of the eight counties covered by a FEMA declaration eligible for public assistance: Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orleans, and Washington.

What will VDOL Cover?

  • Participant Wages and Workers’ Compensation
    • Individuals may be employed in Disaster Relief Employment for up to six months (or 1,040 hours).
    • The maximum wages paid to participants under this grant is $12,000.
  • Participant Supportive Services
    • Supportive services may be authorized to enable an individual to participate in the project.
    • They may include:  limited assistance in child care and transportation to and from the job; work-related physical examinations and medical treatment; personal safety equipment and other work-related equipment including such items as work gloves, steel-toed boots, hard hats, uniforms, small tools, etc. which may be required for participation in the jobs offered under the project.

 How to Apply:

 Complete a worksite application.

  • To obtain an application, please call 802-828-4325 or 802-828-4342.
  • Pictures of destruction and details of work project must be included with the application. VDOL staff can help take pictures of the damage if necessary.
  • Once submitted to a Regional VDOL Representative, applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of the decision on the project.