In July 2023, historic levels of rain affected businesses, homeowners, and people living in many areas of Vermont. While Addison County seemed to avoid catastrophic damage caused by July’s rainfall, the area did not fare as well in early August when more isolated storms brought heavy rainfall. The areas of the state affected by July’s flooding have received a Federal Emergency Disaster Management Agency (FEMA) disaster declaration, but Addison County has not.
In the absence of Federal relief, United Way of Addison County has established the Addison County Responds: Flood Relief fund to support Addison County residents who have experienced home and/or property damage from this summer’s rainfall and need financial assistance. This fund is made possible in part thanks to a contribution from the VT Flood Response & Recovery Fund 2023 of the Vermont Community Foundation.
Deadline: There are no deadlines. Applications may be submitted at any time and accepted until no more funds are available.
Review Process: A volunteer group of community members will review all applications and recommend award amounts to UWAC. Decisions will typically be made within one week of receipt of the request. Priority will be given to applicants that have:
- Significant documented home/property damage
- Experienced financial hardship as a result of flooding damage
Grant Size: Individual households may apply for up to $1,500*
* The Steering Committee has the discretion to make grants larger than $1,500
Who is Eligible: Residents of Addison County who experienced home or property damage to their home/property caused by the July and/or August 2023 rainfall are eligible to apply. (Support must be for a home/property located within Addison County.)
What We Fund: Whenever possible, payment will be made to a third-party vendor, contractor, etc., to partially or wholly cover repair costs. (Applicants will be asked to provide a quote with their request.) Payments may be made directly to individuals at the discretion of the Steering Committee.
Reporting Requirements: There are no formal reporting requirements, but we’d love to hear how things are going if/when you find the time. No stories will be shared with our donors/community without express permission from recipients.