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The Worker Relocation Grant Program was created by the Vermont Legislature to encourage workers to move to Vermont.

If you moved to Vermont on or after July 1, 2021 to work full-time for a Vermont employer, you may be eligible for this program. Please read all the materials to determine whether you are eligible to apply.

PROGRAM DEFINITION

The criteria outlined below will be used to determine eligibility for the New Worker Relocation Grant Program. Applicants must meet all criteria to be eligible.

An eligible applicant is someone who, on or after July 1, 2021:

  • Relocated to Vermont and became a full-time resident after July 1, 2021; and
  • Became a full-time employee of a Vermont employer; and
  • Is employed in an occupation identified by the Vermont Department of Labor in its Short Term Occupational Projections with the Most Openings; and
  • The wage for the position equals or exceeds the Vermont livable wage rate as updated 1/15/21 in accordance with 2 V.S.A. §526. Currently this is $13.39 per/hr; and
  • Incurred qualified relocation expenses; and
  • Is subject to Vermont income tax; and
  • Is employed by an employer who attests that, after reasonable time and effort, the employer was unable to fill the employee’s position from among Vermont applicants.

HOW TO APPLY

STEP ONE

Before you begin your application, you must have:

  • Employer information:
    • Employer Name
    • Address
    • Employer Representative Name (this should be the hiring manager)
    • Employer Representative e-mail address
    • Employer Representative phone number
  • Proof of residency documentation. Please include all pages of the residency documents. If the application is incomplete or ineligible the applicant will receive notification via email:
    • Copy of your Vermont Driver’s License or Vermont Real ID
    • Copy of your paycheck
    • Plus, two pieces of documentation from the list below that is in your name and includes your physical Vermont address. Street name and town must be listed.
      • Housing lease or contract that is signed and executed
      • Household utility bill with service address listed
      • Property tax bill for primary Vermont residence
      • Homeowner/renter insurance
  • Documentation in support of each qualifying New Worker Relocation Grant Program eligible expenses:
    • Invoice and
    • Proof of payment

(Documentation should be individual files to be uploaded during the completion of the application)

STEP TWO

Applications must be completed online with each supporting document uploaded.  The application has two sections.  The first section of the application is the employee section to be completed online by the applicant.  Once the applicant has completed the employee section of the application, the application will be routed to the employer via e-mail.

STEP THREE

The employer will receive an email with program guidance and a unique link to complete the employer section of the application and submit.

STEP FOUR

The application is then submitted using the online application system for review. A completed application must include:

  • Completed employee section
  • Completed employer section
  • Proof of residency documentation
  • Documentation in support of each eligible expense

Upon submission, applicants will receive a unique ID they can use to check the status of their application.  Once the application has been reviewed, if the application is approved the applicant will be issued a short survey and be asked to complete Forms W-9 and VT8821.  If the application is not approved the applicant will receive notification via email.

ANY QUESTIONS?

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions as a place to start. If you have additional questions, please email workerrelocation@vermont.gov.