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Legal Requirements for Grantees

Vermont Arts Council grants are supported with federal, state, and/or private funds. There are slight differences, but most programs have the same legal requirements.

Contracts

A contract must be signed by the applicant who has been recommended and approved to receive a grant prior to receipt of any funding.

sample contracts

Applicable Laws

Grantee shall comply with all federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, and codes. This shall include, but not be limited to, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990, the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as amended, the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 where applicable.

The grantee warrants, represents, and otherwise agrees that it will not discriminate: 1) on the grounds of race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability in accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Executive Order 13166, Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency, Vermont’s Fair Employment Practices Act (21 V.S.A. § 495 et seq.), Vermont’s Public Accommodations Act (9 V.S.A. § 4502 et seq.); or 2) on the grounds of disability, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 121010-12213) known as ADA, and the ADA Amendment Act of 2008.

laws referenced in contracts (as above)

National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as amended. (The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation has additional information. The Preservation Trust of Vermont has resources for historic properties.)

Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988

National Environmental Policy Act of 1969

National American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990

Vermont Prompt Payment Act

nondiscrimination and accessibility

Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)

Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1975

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Executive Order 13166 (Improving access to services for persons with limited English Proficiency)

Vermont’s Fair Employment Practices Act (9 V.S.A. § 495 et seq.)

The National Endowment for the Arts Office of Accessibility has some good resources as well:

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendment Act of 2008

Section 504 Self Evaluation Workbook

Design for Accessibility: The Cultural Administrators Handbook

Tip Sheet on the 2010 Revised Regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The New England ADA Technical Assistance Center has a lot of helpful free information

labor laws

Fair Labor Standards Act (29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq.)PDF format

Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act (9 V.S.A. § 495)

Vermont’s Wage and Hour Laws (21 V.S. A. § 301 et seq.)

Davis-Bacon Act (40 U.S.C. § 3141 et seq.)PDF format

Copeland Anti-Kickback Act (40 U.S.C. § 3145 et seq.)

other

Executive Order 12549, which requires certification from the grant applicant that neither it nor its principals are presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from participation in any federal program.

Publicity

All events funded by Vermont Arts Council grants must be open to the general public. Grantees are responsible for making sure that all announcements, posters, performance programs, news releases, and other publicity for the project include the following statement: "This project (or the name of your project) is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts."

Grantees agrees to credit additional funding sources if requested in writing by the Council. Council logos for use in publicity materials are below.

Council logo

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