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August 4, 2020. Public safety, public health, health care and human services employers whose employees worked to help mitigate or respond to COVID-19 may now apply for hazard pay grant funds for their employees. 

The Front-Line Employees Hazard Pay Grant Program was established in Act 136 of 2020 using Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars to pay eligible employees who worked during the COVID-19 public health emergency from March 13 through May 15, 2020.

The program allows covered employers to request funding to provide $1,200 or $2,000 in hazard pay to each employee who meets eligibility criteria. Eligibility is determined by conditions outlined in Act 136, including the risk of exposure to COVID-19, number of hours worked and employee’s hourly wage.

Grants will be awarded through an online application process and funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until the $28 million in funding is allocated.

Covered employers eligible to apply include:

  • Ambulance service or first responder service 
  • Assisted living residence
  • Dentist’s office or a dental facility
  • Federally qualified health center, rural health clinic, or clinic for the uninsured
  • Health care facility or a physician’s office
  • Home health agency 
  • Homeless shelter
  • Morgue
  • Nursing home residence 
  • Provider of necessities and services to vulnerable or disadvantaged populations
  • Residential care home 
  • Residential treatment program licensed by the Department for Children and Families 
  • Therapeutic community residence 
  • Therapy provider contracted by a home health agency or nursing home 

AHS is also working with ARIS Solutions, the fiscal agent for the employers of Independent Direct Support Providers, to support the administration of grant funding to eligible Independent Direct Support Providers. 

For more information or to apply using the online application, visit humanservices.vermont.gov.