TRORC’s offices are closed to the public. Deliveries and appointments are available if needed.  Staff are largely working remotely. Email is the best way to reach them, check out the staff page for contact information. We will try to keep this page up to date with the latest we hear from the state, as well as our own office operations.

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Municipal Resources

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

On April 15, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released some limited pre-award guidance related to the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, outlining immediate steps that eligible entities should take in preparation to receive these funds directly from the Treasury Department. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) includes more than $350 billion in emergency funding for state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to support their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts. Direct payments from Treasury will be made to states, territories, tribal governments, counties, and metropolitan cities. The initial guidance explains that these entities should: 1) ensure they have a valid DUNS number, 2) ensure they have an active SAM registration, and 3) gather their payment information.

The U.S. Treasury has made it clear that they hope to issue one set of guidance for expenditure of these funds, and not go down the torturous path of ever-evolving direction that accompanied expenditures from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The much-anticipated guidance is expected to be released on May 10. At the same time, state aid and the first half of local direct aid will be sent to the states. We also expect the allocation of county dollars to be finalized and sent on that date. The state then has a further 30 days to send the county money to its cities, towns, and villages.

Before official guidance is released by the U.S. Government, it is advisable that communities do not spend or allocate funds. TRORC will be assisting communities with their allocations to ensure federal compliance.

COVID-19 VEM Update Call for Municipalities & Responders scheduled Thursdays at 2pm.  Form for questions.  Call TRORC for number and code.

Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning. Continuity of staffing is a particular concern in the context of COVID-19. COOP plans should include identification of essential functions and lines of succession. A local COOP plan template is available on the Vermont Emergency Management website.  Tory, Pete and Kevin can help too.

With the Governors Declared State of Emergency, responders are able to request Citizens Assistance Registry for Emergencies (CARE) registration data allowing the responders to plan and provide appropriate assistance for vulnerable populations.  See the Citizens Assistance Registry for Emergencies site for the request procedure.

Local Government Expense Reimbursement (LGER) Grant

Units of local government can contact TRORC for free assistance to identify and document COVID-19 expenses that are eligible to be covered under the LGER Grant. Act 137 of 2020 provides Coronavirus Relief Funds to various entities in Vermont for necessary expenses incurred due to, or as a result of, the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Agency of Administration, including the Vermont Department of Taxes, will be responsible for distributing the grant funds. Visit this page for details on the LGER Grant.

FEMA Municipal and Private Non-Profit (PNP) Public Assistance (PA)

Grants Portal now has a logic-based application wizard that will guide applicants through submitting a project application.

  • The project application is likely to change as policy eligibility criteria and internal controls are refined. New editions of the project application will be updated in Grants Portal.
  • The PDF version of the Streamlined Project Application is still a useful tool to provide applicants with a sense of the types of information and documentation FEMA will require. The PDF form is still available in Grants Portal, with the significant caveat that we will no longer accept PDF versions of the project application.
  • Applicants can now designate users as “Contractor/Consultants”, indicating that the user is employed by a company that provides services under contract to the Applicant or Recipient organization. This will provide flexibility in how projects are completed and enable applicants to leverage technical assistance. It will also allow FEMA and Recipient staff to track and report on applicants relying on contractors/consultants.
  • Coming Enhancements
    • Enabling recipients to have certain direct application projects route to them prior to heading to the CRC
    • Building out the RFI process for direct applications, including giving regions the option of routing RFIs through regional staff or directly to applicants
    • Functionality to enhance the customer experience for applicants without assigned PDMG

What are Category B costs?

They could be extra steps you have taken to protect a facility, or your people, or to warn people, or feed them, or open your Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  If an eligible organization has or may have at least $3,300 in eligible uninsured Category B Emergency Protective Measure costs, the organization should submit a FEMA Request for Public Assistance (RPA) form (see above links).  At this point you have to be qualifying critical organization doing critical tasks.  Essential organizations may be eligible later.  See eligibility links below.  Remember, there are still rules in disasters so try to procure any item or service properly and save everything (memos on selections, bids, calls, timesheets, invoices, checks, etc.)  These costs would typically be reimbursed at 75%, although that reimbursement can take years to happen.  FEMA is the reimburser of last resort so if towns can get funding from another source they must.  Services and supplies directly related to the pandemic are the typical qualifying items.  Large equipment purchases that can continue to used after the pandemic require additional justification.

What are Private non-profits (PNPs)

PNPs are pseudo-private non-profit organizations that own or operate facilities that provide certain services of a governmental nature. These often include schools, senior centers, food and shelter services, non-profit emergency services, hospitals, nursing homes, etc. 

FEMA Procurement

VLCT Resources

Business Resources

Agency of Commerce Information

Guidance from the Department of Labor

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Coronavirus relief options

SBA offers several different relief options to help businesses, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations recover from the impacts of COVID-19. You can view all options or skip to a specific program below.

In order to reach the smallest businesses, SBA will offer Paycheck Protection Program loans to businesses with 20 or less employees and sole proprietors only from Wednesday, February 24 through Wednesday, March 10, 2021. President Biden has also announced additional program changes to make access to PPP loans more equitable.

  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
  1. Find a lender:
  1. Identify a loan:
  • First Draw PPP Loans: If you have not received a PPP loan before, First Draw PPP Loans are available to you.
  • Second Draw PPP Loans: If you have previously received a PPP loan, certain businesses are eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

SBA is currently offering the following funding options:

SBA is preparing to offer:

SBA is contacting eligible businesses regarding:

Other Resources

General Information

Grantors ramping up and seeking donations now

Regional Community Action Agencies are on the front lines of helping with basic needs for your region.

Capstone Community Action (Central Vermont)  20 Gable Place, Barre, VT 05641  (802) 479-1053 or 1-800-639-1053

    • Bradford: (802) 222-5419
    • Morrisville: 1-800-639-8710 or (802) 888-7993
    • Randolph: 1-800-846-9506 or (802) 728-9506

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA)  91 Buck Drive, Westminster, VT  05158  (802) 722-4575 or 1-800-464-9951

    • Brattleboro: (802) 254-2795
    • Springfield: (802) 885-6153
    • White River Junction: (802) 295-5215

Volunteer Resources


Many towns have set up Facebook Groups or websites Woodstock, Thetford for support needs.  Please remember to try to coordinate or least CC your work through your local town and EMD/EMC person as they can access the Citizens Assistance Registry for Emergencies (CARE) directory and other tools volunteers cannot.  These sites can help to coordinate volunteer delivery to the elderly and at risk populations, marshaling supplies, etc.   Groups have also set up links to a Google Form template to coordinate volunteers and needs.  Scroll to the bottom of the page for more information.

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