Local Government Expense Reimbursement (LGER) Grant

The Department of Taxes is not currently accepting new applications for the Local Government Expense Reimbursement (LGER) Grant. As submissions are evaluated, applicants will receive notification of their grant decision along with instructions for submitting documentation for reimbursement. We appreciate your patience. Please contact tax.munigrants@vermont.gov for any inquiries regarding your application.

Application deadline: October 15, 2020
Supporting documentation must be submitted on or before December 11, 2020
Eligible expenses must be incurred by December 30, 2020

Application Information
Instructions for Approved Grantees
On-Demand Webinar
Eligibility

Application Information

LGER Grant funds will not reimburse expenses that are covered by insurance or other funding sources, including funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Therefore, it is imperative that your unit of local government apply for FEMA funding for those expenses which are eligible through the FEMA Public Assistance program before submitting your application for the LGER Grant. Federal funding is available to cover up to 100% of FEMA-eligible expenses. To apply for FEMA funding, visit the Vermont Emergency Management website.

Vermont Coronavirus Relief Fund Eligibility Payroll Guidance

The purpose of this document is to provide additional guidance and examples to assist agencies and department staff in:

  • Determining which payroll costs are eligible for Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) reimbursement
  • The correct reporting categories for CRF eligible payroll costs, and
  • Requirements for support documentation and audit.​
Payroll Guidance (added August 2020)
Additional Payroll Guidance (added October 2020)
 

Recipients of Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) may use the fund to pay for certain payroll and other administrative expenses, even if previously budgeted. This document details these allowed uses based on the most recent guidance from the US Treasury.

Grant Guidelines

Payroll Guidance (aug)

Payroll Guidance (Oct)

Instructions for Approved Grantees

Please follow these instructions for your municipality or unit of local government to receive reimbursement funding under the grant you were awarded, as allocated in Act 137 of 2020. 

Your reimbursement request for the grant has two components:

  • a summary Reimbursement Request Form
  • and the Expenditure Packet. The Expenditure Packet is comprised of scanned documents supporting the request. Do not submit original copies.

Reimbursement Requests must be submitted no later than December 11, 2020 and are encouraged to happen as soon as you have your documentation ready.

Options for Early Review for Actual Expenses

You may immediately submit any actual expenses from March 1 thru August 31 for us to begin our review. You can then submit all remaining expenses from September 1 thru December 30 no later than December 11, 2020 (two separate packets).

Or, you may submit all expenses from March 1 thru December 30 no later than December 11, 2020 (one complete packet).

On-Demand Webinar

Watch a recorded webinar and Q&A session.

Municipal Funding Deadlines Fast Approaching | Recorded on August 19, 2020

This free webinar will help municipal leaders learn more about currently available grants (and the quickly approaching deadlines to apply) to help towns with expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. State officials and consultants from Guidehouse.com will describe the application processes, eligibility requirements, and what the funds can be used for.

Print Presentation (pdf)

Eligibility

Units of local government can contact their Regional Planning Commissions for free assistance to identify and document eligible COVID-19 expenses.

The following entities are eligible to apply for LGER grant funds:

  • Vermont counties 
  • Vermont cities, towns, unorganized towns and gores, unified towns, and gores of Essex County 
  • Incorporated villages  
  • Fire districts 
  • Consolidated water districts 
  • Consolidated sewer districts 
  • Solid waste management districts

Under the LGER grant, expenses must be incurred by units of local government on or before December 30, 2020. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Hazard pay  
  • Supplies and equipment 
  • Sanitation 
  • Facility alterations 
  • Overtime compensation 
  • Redirection of staff for first-response need

For details on LGER grant eligible expenditures, download these important Coronavirus Relief Fund guidelines.