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COVID-19 Support Grassroots Fund Seed Grants Available

The Grassroots Fund is making its rapid response Seed grant program available to grassroots groups responding to local needs and building resilience in their community in response to the COVID19 pandemic and associated events. They commit to making decisions and getting dollars out the door as fast as they can. Grant Range: Up to $1,000 Some examples of use: • Food supplies for isolated community members • Mileage for volunteers dropping off supplies or checking in • Childcare coverage for community members needing support • Support for technology to continue organizing/meeting • Expenses related to rescheduling events • Partnering with local media outlets to continue to educate and raise awareness • Grant applications must respond to a challenge or need in communities as a result of the COVID19 outbreak. • Though the typical Seed grant program is still available (with 4-6 week turnaround time), this rapid response grant is not intended to support ongoing programs and projects. Process: • Available for community-driven efforts (volunteer-driven, guidelines of budget

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COVID-19 Support SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). ACCD is asking any Vermont business impacted by the response to the COVID-19 virus to share these impacts with the Agency through a dedicated email address: commerce.covid19@vermont.gov. In addition, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act recently passed by Congress expanded the Small Business Act’s definition of a disaster to include Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the SBA will be able to provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) under a Governor’s Certification Disaster Declaration. In order for the SBA to consider an EIDL declaration, the Governor must demonstrate that at least five small businesses in a disaster area have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the disaster. The Agency has also established a hotline so that businesses may call to report impacts and be directed to resources: (802) 461-5143. The hotline will be staffed Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information on Unemployment Insurance: UI Employer Services - 802-828-4344 For general Department of Labor Questions: Department of Labor Commissioner’s Office – labor.commissioner@vermont.gov

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COVID-19 Support NOFA-VT Farmer Emergency Fund

NOFA-VT’s Farmer Emergency Fund supports organic and NOFA-VT member farmers who have been adversely affected by natural and unnatural disasters, such as crop failure, extreme weather, flooding, fire, or barn collapse. The Farmer Emergency Fund provides grants and zero percent interest loans to farmers in need as funds are available. There is a growing concern from dairy farmers about what will happen if they get sick with COVID-19 and cannot work. The average age of dairy farmers is almost 60 in Vermont, putting these crucial food providers at increased risk of the disease. Many dairy operations are run by one or two farmers, often in the same family. Dairy farmers are already economically stressed, and we need to show up and stand by our state's farmers at this challenging time. Milking is not the type of work that can pause for a week or two. NOFA-VT is seeking to build a list of people skilled enough to lead milkings on farms for the duration of the sickness. NOFA-VT will make funds available through our Farmer Emergency Fund to pay the relief workers. (If you are not a skilled dairy worker, but you are wanting to show up for Vermont's farmers,…

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COVID-19 Support Covid-19 Crisis Survival Plan for Business Owners from Slow Money Vermont

It is more important than ever to keep your funding partners in the loop on the impacts of the current health/economic crisis on your business, and to engage them in solutions if possible. Following are tips and templated statements to let them know how you’re managing and where they can help.

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Takeaways - Farm Transfers - F2P Financing CCT

Takeaways & Next Steps 2/6/19 Farm Transfers Convening: Financing Sticking Points & Solutions Hosted by the VT Farm to Plate Network’s Financing Crosscutting Team

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