NEWPORT — The state is preparing for the launch of the new worker relocation program which starts on January 1.
The program provides up to $7,500 in reimbursement grants to new residents coming to Vermont and taking up a job with a Vermont business.
During the past year, the Legislature and Governor Scott worked together to pass Act 80, which allocated nearly $1.2 million to fund the new worker relocation grant program.
“With our historically low unemployment rate, there are many business sectors in Vermont looking for qualified candidates to fill openings,” said Agency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Lindsay Kurrle.
This new program follows the launch of the state’s remote worker program in 2019, which has seen 135 applications approved and 359 people move to Vermont.
“This program builds on the success of last year’s remote worker grant program to grow Vermont’s workforce,” said Governor Phil Scott. “Helping new Vermonters relocate and find employment is important as we work to reverse our demographic crisis, grow the economy and support employers so they succeed too.”
The application process, administered by the Agency’s Department of Economic Development, opens on January 1, 2020.
Eligible applicants must have relocated to Vermont and became full-time residents and full-time employees of a Vermont business on or after January 1, 2020.
Expenses eligible for reimbursement include closing costs for a primary residence, lease deposits, first month’s rent, hiring a moving company, renting moving equipment, shipping and the cost of moving supplies.
Expenses necessary for a new worker to perform their employment duties that are not provided by the employer are also eligible, including broadband connectivity, specialized tools and equipment and co-working space membership fees.
The employer must certify these expenses are necessary to perform required job duties.
Grants will be awarded to newly relocated workers who submit complete applications on a first come, first served basis.