In March 2021, the U.S. Government passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The ARPA was passed to support the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency. The ARPA provides funds to respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to small businesses, nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality.
Salt Lake City’s Community Grant Program was created to provide limited, one-time financial assistance to eligible small businesses, artists, artisans, creatives, and nonprofits (as individual businesses) in Salt Lake City that were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic or related shutdowns. The Community Grant Program is funded through ARPA, and run by the Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development. Grants are intended to help the economic health and welfare of the City.
The Community Recovery Committee (CRC) will be meeting on a weekly basis to review and score the applicants to the ARPA Community Grant Program.
MEETING DAYS: Thursday
TIME: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
ANCHOR LOCATION: City and County Building, 451 South State Street, Salt Lake City
Meeting notices and minutes can be found at this link: https://www.utah.gov/pmn/sitemap/publicbody/7887.html
To see recordings of previous CRC meetings, go to https://webdme.slcgov.com/AgendasMinutes/Browse.aspx?id=4193579&dbid=0&repo=SLC and search under ‘Community Recovery Committee’
Applications received online or in-person after the deadline will be considered late and will not be accepted.
The Program will also offer a second phase of funding. Another 30-day window will be opened to receive applications in later months. A second phase rollout will allow for equitable access to funding to communities who:
- May require extra time while they receive technical assistance
- Need longer lead times to get through the application process, or
- were unsuccessful in the first round
- City staff will release more information on this second phase in later months.
Applicants can visit the application portal to complete an online application (along with required business documents) before the deadline.
Applicants can pick up a paper application at City Hall and mail their application (along with required business documents) to the following address before the deadline:
SLC Economic Development
PO Box 145590
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-5590
Applicants can visit Salt Lake City Hall to pick up a paper application:
SLC Economic Development
451 South State Street, Rm 128
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
Completed paper applications (along with required business documents) can be returned to the above address before the deadline.
Upcoming Training Event Information
SLC Community Grants Program – Optional Training and Q&A Session
- Monday, September 12th, 6:00-7:00 pm
- Salt Lake City and County Building, 451 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT, 1st floor, Room 126
- Online option: join on your computer or mobile app via Microsoft Teams Meeting: Click here to join the meeting
- Attendees can ask questions about eligibility, required documents, completing the application, and approved/unapproved uses of funding
- FREE to attend
SLC Community Grants Program – Optional Training and Q&A Session (Westside)
- Sorenson Unity Center: 1383 South 900 West, Salt Lake City
- Black Box Theater Room
- Wednesday, September 14th, 1:15-2:00 pm
- Attendees can ask questions about eligibility, required documents, completing the application, and approved/unapproved uses of funding.
- FREE to attend
How Much Can I Apply For?
- Small Businesses and artists/artisans can apply for grants up to $50,000
- Nonprofits offering arts or small business- specific COVID-19 recovery programming can apply for grants up to $100,000
Note: Funding is limited, and it is expected that applications will exceed available funding. Not all businesses approved for funding will receive the maximum amount requested. If awarded, grant amounts will be based on the documented financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic or related shutdowns on the business.
Who Is Eligible to Apply?
- Business is physically located and licensed to do business* in Salt Lake City, and was in operation before January 1, 2020 *if you are a home-based business, artist or musician, a business license is not required
- Business has less than 50 full-time employees.
- Business can show it was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic or the related shutdowns.
- Business is not facing any pending litigation or legal action.
- Business is not suspended or restricted from the use of federal funds.
- Business is not a franchise that is a subsidiary of a larger corporation.
- Business is not a multinational or publicly traded business.
- Business is not a chain (unless most locations are in Salt Lake City).
- Business is not owned by a City employee, elected, or appointed official.
With exceptions for the following:
- Eligible individual artists must reside in Salt Lake City and must have been a professional artist before January 1, 2020.
- A home-based business is eligible to apply but must reside in Salt Lake City.
- Mobile food vendors are eligible to apply if the business owner resides in Salt Lake City OR the business uses a commissary kitchen located in Salt Lake City.
- Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply in two ways: 1) as a small business themselves if they were negatively impacted by COVID-19 and related shutdowns, or 2) as a subrecipient applicant that is offering artist/artisan and small business specific recovery programs.
- Nonprofit agencies serving a disproportionately impacted community must indicate such on their application.
- Businesses that received funds from other local, state, or federal COVID-19 relief programs (PPP, EIDL, etc.) are eligible to apply to this program; however, businesses with no prior funding from other COVID-19 relief programs will receive weighted scoring during the evaluation process.
For individual artists, what are the disciplines that are eligible for grant funding?
Eligible disciplines for individual artists include: Dance, Design Arts, Literature, Multidisciplinary Arts & New Media, Film, Music, Performance Art, Theater, Visual Arts and Folk or Traditional art forms in any of the above genres.
Disproportionately Impacted Businesses and Industries
Applicants who can show they are a “disproportionately impacted” business or are part of an “impacted” industry can use grant funding in additional ways to help their business (refer to the Eligible Uses of Grant Funding section below). See the following definitions to see if your business qualifies:
Disproportionately Impacted Businesses
- Small businesses operating in Qualified Census Tracts (QCTs)
- Go to this QCT map and enter your business address to see if you are in a QCT. Be patient, as the map might take several moments to load.
- 100% women-owned business (this criteria is currently pending)
- 100% minority-owned business (this criteria is currently pending)
- Arts & Culture business (this criteria is currently pending)
- Businesses in the travel, tourism, or hospitality sectors are defined as “impacted” (restaurant, bar, entertainment, hotel, event planning, tourism or travel)
- Small businesses located in the Downtown Corridor (between North Temple and 400 South, and between 200 East and I-15) (this criteria is currently pending)
Eligible uses of Grant Funding
- Wages (payroll or benefits)
- Costs to retain employees
- Mortgage, rent, or utilities costs
- COVID-19 prevention procedures (enhanced cleaning, barriers/dividers, COVID-19 vaccinations/testing)
- One-on-one business counseling, or other business planning services
- Other operating costs
Eligible Uses ONLY for “disproportionately impacted” businesses
- Business Incubator
- Start-up or expansion costs
- Childcare support
- Transportation support (to and from job site or interview)
- Capital investments; in order for capital investments to be considered, the business would need to:
- Provide a description of harm and why the harm was worsened or caused by COVID-19.
- Provide an explanation of why a capital expense can address a specific need.
- Comparison of the proposed capital expense against alternative capital expenses. Recipients should provide a comparison of the proposed capital expense against at least two alternative capital expenses and show why their proposed capital expense is superior to alternatives.
Eligible Uses ONLY for businesses in the travel, tourism, and hospitality sector
- Maintenance of existing equipment and facilities
Ineligible/Prohibited Uses of Grant Funding (including but not limited to)
- Deposits into pension funds
- Debt servicing
- Replenishing financial reserves (stabilization or “rainy day” funds)
- Satisfying obligations from a judicial settlement or judgment
- Paying off non-business debt, such as personal credit cards for non-business purchases
- Personal expenses, such as buying a new family car or making repairs to a home
- Direct financing to political activities or paying off taxes and fines
- Purchase of personal items, drugs, tobacco, and/or alcohol
- Food, entertainment, and/or bonuses
- Travel not associated with direct business operations
- Costs incurred prior to March 3, 2021
Requirements to Apply
- Two Federal Income Tax Returns (one pre-pandemic, and one post-pandemic); these should demonstrate negative economic impact or evidence of revenue reduction due to COVID-19 and related shutdowns. If a business files 990-EZ returns, an alternate financial document showing negative impact from COVID-19 pandemic or related shutdowns can be provided.
- A signed copy of your IRS W-9
- A current copy of your Salt Lake City Business License; if you are a home-based business, artist or musician, a business license is not required.
- Form of ID: such as Valid Driver’s License, Passport or Passport Card, Birth Certificate, State-issued, Student or Military Identification Card; this requirement is intended to prevent fraud.
- Two Schedule Cs (one pre-pandemic, and one post-pandemic) – only required if you are a sole owner/proprietor
- Two Form 941s – Payroll taxes (one pre-pandemic, and one post-pandemic) – only required if you are requesting wages, benefits, or payroll reimbursement
- Two Form 33Hs -Employer Quarterly Wage List and Contributions Report (one pre-pandemic, and one post-pandemic) — only required for businesses requesting funding for employee wages
- Copies of other Federal, State or local COVID-19 financial assistance received (PPP, EIDL, etc.); only required if additional funding received; information about the dollar amount and use of the funds received
Grant funding may only be used for costs incurred after March 3, 2021. All funds must be spent by December 31, 2024, with receipts provided no later than December 31, 2026.
Programa de Subvenciones Comunitarias de la ciudad de Salt Lake City – Capacitación en línea
Salt Lake City’s Community Grant Program – Live Training
- Applications will be accepted from September 1st, 2022 to 11:59 pm on September 30th, 2022
- Applications received after the deadline will be considered late and will not be accepted.
- The Program will also offer a second phase of funding. Another 30-day window will be opened to receive applications in later months. A second phase rollout will allow for equitable access to funding to communities who may be engaged in technical assistance, need longer lead times to get through the application process, or were unsuccessful in the first round.