Potential funding sources for recovery

  • Vermont Humanities Council Flood Relief Grants  This emergency grant program is for nonprofit cultural and humanities organizations in Vermont that suffered physical or economic damage due to the severe weather events that began on July 10, 2023. Vermont Humanities expects to provide up to $400,000 in assistance through this program, generally in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 depending on need. The funding is designed to help organizations recover from the floods and can be used for eligible expenses dating back to the day the flooding began on July 10, 2023. The grant application is designed to be as simple as possible. Applications from non-profits and municipalities will be accepted on a rolling basis from September 15, 2023 until all funding is expended. Funding decisions will be communicated on October 15th and November 15th.  Learn more about the program and apply here.  Katherine Sims has been hired by the Council to provide support and technical assistance to applicants and would be happy to answer any questions you might have and talk through the application with you. You can sign up for a one-on-one consultation with Katherine  here. 
  • Vermont Arts Council Flood Relief Funding  Rolling deadline, awards up to $3,000. The second round that opened 8.22.23 is now closed but you can fill out this questionnaire to help VAC assess unmet need.
  • Department of Economic Development Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program (BEGAP)  The $20M BEGAP grant program helps Vermont businesses, nonprofits, and landlords that suffered physical damage in the flood that began July 7, 2023.
  • Lake Champlain Basin Program Emergency Flood Relief Grants  These grants can be used to replace office equipment or supplies, repair damage caused by floodwaters, purchase materials or equipment needed for flood-related surveys, or support personnel responding to flood remediation. To be eligible, organizations must have nonprofit 501(c)(3) status and be located in the Lake Champlain watershed. Closed:
    applications were due August 21, 2023.
  • Society of American Archivists National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives  Rolling deadline, grants of up to $5,000 may be awarded.

Stay informed

  • To receive alerts on changing conditions in your area, sign up for VT-Alert 
  • Check the National Weather Service for weather updates.
  • View the 511 road closure map to see where you can travel safely.
  • If you are currently in a situation that needs immediate support, please reach out to Vermont 211  as that is the most direct way to reach state emergency management officials.

Call for Advice!

  • NEDCC Collections Emergency Hotline: 855-245-8303 (24/7)
  • National Heritage Responders: 202-661-8068 (24/7)
  • VACDaRN: 802-622-4092 (7am-9pm)

Written guidance for salvaging water-damaged materials

Let VACDaRN know if you have been affected by this storm

  • When it is safe to do so, we’d like to know if you sustained any damages during this event, especially to your collections or building, or need any assistance with recovery. You can report the details & let us know what you need via THIS FORM. 

    We’ll be using this information to assess needs for on-site/direct help, as well as share the impact of this event on cultural organizations with state agencies and others.