Vermont Covid-19 Arrearage Assistance Program

For Immediate Release

November 10, 2020

Contact: Shannon Barsotti, Community Development Director, Town of Bennington, 802-445-1330 or sbarsotti@benningtonvt.org

 

Vermont Covid-19 Arrearage Assistance Program

Vermonters suffering economic hardship due to loss of income from COVID-19 can get help now to pay their arrearages for residential and non-residential accounts. The Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program (VCAAP) provides financial support to customers who may face disconnection of service because of past-due balances for regulated utilities including electric, landline telephone, Vermont Gas and private water companies.

VCAAP provides eligible Vermont households and businesses with a grant to pay for past-due balances for regulated utility bills. Residential households and non-residential account holders who have suffered an economic hardship due to loss of income precipitated by COVID-19 may apply for assistance. Residential applicants may only apply for a grant for their primary residence.

Applicants must attest to economic hardship caused by the pandemic among other attestations that are designed to ensure the integrity of the application.

For more information, please see the updated FAQ. Applications are available online at the Vermont Department of Public Service website.

Before you apply:

  • Have a copy of the most recent bill(s) with the account number, service address and the account holder’s name.
  • ​If you intend to apply for assistance with your telephone bill, you’ll need to have an electronic copy of your most recent bill that you can upload to the online application.
  • Funds awarded from this grant may be considered taxable income.  For more information, please visit  https://tax.vermont.gov/coronavirus/grants-faqs
  • You must apply by December 15, 2020. Grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis until funding runs out or the program ends in December.
  • Funds for this program were made available through the federal CARES Act and the State of Vermont Coronavirus Relief Fund. There is limited funding.