Relocation Incentives

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Overview

The Vermont Legislature has created the following relocation incentives to attract new residents to the state and grow the workforce as well as provide support to Vermont employers. The New Relocating Worker Grant is available to new residents taking a qualifying job with a Vermont employer. The New Remote Worker Grant will be available after February 1, 2022 to new residents that work for an out-of-state employer.

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for an overview of both programs.

New Relocating Worker Grant

*New Worker Relocating Grant is now open and accepting applications.

New Remote Worker Grant

*New Remote Worker Grant coming February 2022To be notified when the application portal goes live please sign up for our 802+YOU newsletter.

New Relocating Worker Grant

The New Relocating Worker Grant, with a maximum award of $7,500, is to encourage workers to move to Vermont to work for Vermont employers

More details below.  

GRANT ELIGIBILITY

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

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

  • Relocated to Vermont, became a full-time resident; 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.

QUALIFYING RELOCATION EXPENSES

Upon successful relocation to Vermont and review of your application, the following qualifying relocation expenses may be reimbursed:  

  • Closing costs for a primary residence or lease deposit and one month rent,  
  • Hiring a moving company,  
  • Renting moving equipment,  
  • Shipping,  
  • The cost of moving supplies 

Incentives are paid out as a reimbursement grant after you have relocated to Vermont. Grants are limited and available on a first come first served basis. 

BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION 

Applicants should have the following information and documents available to upload with their application:  

Employer information:  
  • Employer name  
  • Employer address  
  • Employer representative name (this should be the hiring manager)  
  • Employer representative e-mail address  
  • Employer representative phone number  
Proof of residency documentation:  
  • Copy of Vermont Driver’s License or Vermont Real ID  
  • Copy of the applicant’s paycheck stub  
  • Plus, two pieces of documentation from the following: Vermont housing lease or purchase contract, Vermont utility bill with new service address, Vermont property tax bill, and/or Vermont homeowner/renter insurance.
Documentation in support of each qualifying relocation expense submitted for reimbursement:  
  • Itemized invoice and  
  • Proof of payment 

If you have additional questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions or email workerrelocation@vermont.gov.

New Remote Worker Grant

*Remote Worker Program coming February 2022. Check back for updates.

The New Remote Worker Grant, with a maximum award of $7,500, is to encourage professionals who perform the majority of their employment duties remotely from a home office or co-working space to relocate to Vermont.

More details below.

GRANT ELIGIBILITY

The criteria outlined below will be used to determine eligibility for the New Remote Worker Grant. An eligible applicant is someone who, on or after February 1, 2022:

  • Relocated to Vermont, became a full-time resident; and
  • Is working full time remotely for an out-of-state employer from a home office or coworking space located within VT; and
  • The applicant’s wage 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/hour; and
  • Incurred qualified relocation expenses; and
  • Is subject to Vermont income tax

QUALIFYING RELOCATION EXPENSES

Upon successful relocation to Vermont and review of your application, the following qualifying relocation expenses may be reimbursed:  

  • Closing costs for a primary residence or lease deposit and one month rent,  
  • Hiring a moving company,  
  • Renting moving equipment,  
  • Shipping,  
  • The cost of moving supplies 

Incentives are paid out as a reimbursement grant after you have relocated to Vermont. Grants are limited and available on a first come first served basis. 

BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION 

Applicants should have the following information and documents available to upload with their application:  

Employer information:  
  • Employer name  
  • Employer address  
  • Employer representative name (this should be the hiring manager)  
  • Employer representative e-mail address  
  • Employer representative phone number  
Proof of residency documentation:  
  • Copy of Vermont Driver’s License or Vermont Real ID  
  • Copy of the applicant’s paycheck stub  
  • Plus, two pieces of documentation from the following: Vermont housing lease or purchase contract, Vermont utility bill with new service address, Vermont property tax bill, and/or Vermont homeowner/renter insurance.
Documentation in support of each qualifying relocation expense submitted for reimbursement:  
  • Itemized invoice and  
  • Proof of payment 

If you have additional questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions or email workerrelocation@vermont.gov.

Additional References & Resources

If you have additional questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions or email workerrelocation@vermont.gov.

For more information read approved S.62 bill related to relocation incentives.

For more information on previous relocation grants, refer to the New Worker Relocation Grant Program Annual ReportsFor more information on previous remote worker grants, refer to the Remote Worker Grant Program Annual Reports.

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