The land of lakes, hiking trails, ski slopes, maple syrup, and of course, Ben & Jerry’s, is hoping to grow its workforce in 2020—and to do so it’s making an enticing offer to anyone who decides to relocate in the new year.
As part of the New Worker Relocation Grant Program, which was authorized by the Vermont legislature and signed into law by Governor Phil Scott, the local goverment is offering up to $7,500 to individuals who move to the Green Mountain State on or after January 1. The lucky recipients of this hefty reimbursement can use the funds to cover various moving costs such as lease deposits, first month’s rent, company hires or equipment rentals, shipping, and even the closing costs for a primary residence. There’s only one condition: To qualify for the grant, you must first secure a full-time job from a Vermont-based employer.
Applications for the relocation grant will go live on Think Vermont’s website on January 13. All applicants are required to include a copy of a valid Vermont-issued driver’s license or identification card, as well as two documents that provide proof of full-time residency, such as a housing lease or contract, a utility bill (with the service address listed), a property tax bill, or documentation of homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.
The Think Vermont website also includes a link to a current jobs board where anyone interested in this opportunity can peruse more than 2,000 job openings across the state in industries including health care, finance, education, and retail and food services. So, in essence, for people who love outdoor adventure, farm-to-table food, craft beer culture, and a generally laid-back lifestyle, the new year might be the perfect time to consider a move to Vermont.