Coronavirus Relief Fund Appropriations & Expenditures (site under development)
The State of Vermont has received more than $1.4 billion in federal assistance through a number of Congressional Acts passed to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of this federal aid was received as direct aid to the State, with additional funding through increases to existing federal formula grant programs.
One federal act, entitled the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act") included an allocation to Vermont of $1.25 billion in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF). Authorization for the State to spend the CRF moneys were made by the Joint Fiscal Committee (for emergency spending) and by the Vermont General Assembly through the normal appropriations process.
As of June 30, 2020, $225 million in emergency CRF spending was authorized by the Joint Fiscal Committee, with an additional $827 million appropriated by the Vermont Legislature to provide assistance to individuals, families, vulnerable populations and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. These bills authorize state agencies/departments and other entities to create and administer grant programs for COVID-19 relief.
This website exhibits aggregate information on the CRF funds appropriated by the Vermont Legislature. The reporting categories used align with the U.S. Treasury CARES Reporting Guidelines. Additional spending decisions and expenditure information will be added as the data become available and are verified. The site will be updated on a weekly basis.