Salt Lake City

Department of Economic Development

Phone: (801) 535-7200 | Email: ed@slcgov.com

Community Grants Program

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.


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.

ONLINE:

Applicants can visit the application portal to complete an online application (along with required business documents) before the deadline.

MAIL:

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

IN PERSON:

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

OR

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)

Impacted Industries

  • 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

Timeline

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.

Training Resources

Programa de Subvenciones Comunitarias de la ciudad de Salt Lake City – Capacitación en línea

Salt Lake City’s Community Grant Program – Live Training

Application Deadline

  • 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.


Who is Eligible to Apply?

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • 501(c)3, 501(c)4, 501(c)6, and 501(c)19 nonprofits
  • Nonprofits that offer programming for arts or small business- specific COVID-19 recovery
  • Programming must specifically target artists, artisans, or small businesses operating within the municipal boundaries of Salt Lake City.
  • Nonprofits serving a disproportionately impacted community must indicate such on their application for subrecipient grant funds.     

Eligible Use for Grant Funds

Provide an effective and efficient program designed to directly respond to an identified COVID-19 negative economic impact for:

  • Artists (visual, performing, etc.)
  • Artisans (woodwork, metalwork, ceramics, etc.)
  • Small Businesses (less than 50 full-time employees)

There must be a clear causal relationship tying the recovery to impact.

Sub-recipient Programming

Nonprofits proposing programming for arts or small-business COVID-19 economic recovery should consider the following:                                                                                                             

  • Provide an effective and efficient program designed to directly respond to an identified COVID-19 negative economic impact for:
    • Artists (visual, performing, etc.)
    • Artisans (woodwork, metalwork, ceramics, etc.)
    • Small Businesses (less than 50 full-time employees) 
  • There must be a clear causal relationship tying the recovery to impact.  
  • Determine a concise scope of work for the program, including goals, reporting framework, and deliverables.
  • Outline if funding will support a new program or an existing program with an increased level of service.
  • Determine how marketing and outreach efforts will reach the identified target population. 
  • Determine the number of program staff that will be needed for this program to run successfully. 
  • Be able to fill out a budget of projected revenues and expenses related to this proposal.
  • Describe the system utilized to ensure isolation of these requested funds from other agency funds and how program expenditures are tracked. 

Training Resources

Required Documents

In addition to the application, the following documentation is required for grant consideration. Applications should submit copies electronically and keep the original documents.

  • Proof of 501c status; can be a screenshot
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Proof of Compliance with Employee Worker’s Compensation Laws
  • Proof of Current Liability Insurance

 


 

Q&A Webinars: several webinars will be hosted where staff can answer questions about eligibility, required documents, completing the application, and approved/unapproved uses of funding. Assistance can be provided in both English and Spanish. Webinars will be recorded and posted on this webpage.

One-on-One Appointments: If needed, applicants can schedule appointments with ARPA staff for one-on-one assistance. Appointments will be available in-person (City Hall), over Zoom, or over the phone. Assistance can be provided in both English and Spanish.  

Utah Small Business Development Center: During the application period, applicants can receive assistance from staff of the Utah Small Business Development Center: https://utahsbdc.org/locations/salt-lake-city/ 

Sorenson Unity Center Computer Lab: During the application period, applicants can visit the computer lab at Sorensen Unity Center Computer Lab (1383 S 900 W) for general computer assistance. The computer lab is open to the public 9 am-9 pm Monday-Friday, and 9 am-5 pm Saturdays. https://www.slc.gov/youthandfamily/unity-center/   

Assistance in multiple languages: if applicants need assistance in languages other than English or Spanish, staff can work with the SLC Mayor’s Office of Equity & Inclusion to coordinate translation & interpretation services.   

ADA Accessibility: The Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development is committed to ensuring that our services, programs, and activities are accessible to all. To request ADA reasonable accommodations for this application, please contact Ashley Lichtle, SLC ADA Coordinator: Ashley.lichtle@slcgov.com or 385-315-3774    


 

How are Applications Evaluated?

Once submitted, applications will be reviewed by City staff for compliance with Program requirements. The City may contact you if there is missing information or if there are questions about your application.

Applications will then be reviewed in open and public meetings by the Community Recovery Committee (CRC). The CRC is a new committee created by the Salt Lake City Council in order to run the Community Grant Program. The CRC consists of 7-9 members which come from other City boards and committees. The Committee will have 30 days after the application portal closes to review and score applications while considering federal requirements and geographic equity. The Committee will make funding recommendations to the Mayor and City Council. The Mayor and City Council will make final funding decisions. You will be notified if your business is selected for grant funding. The same process will be repeated for the second phase of funding. City staff will release more information on this second stage in later months.

What happens if I am selected?

Grant Fund Dispersal

  • Funds will be disbursed primarily by reimbursement to the applicant for documented eligible project expenses. Receipts must be provided by applicant for all eligible expenses, prior to being reimbursed.   Applicants may be qualified for funds for more than one fiscal year in which case, receipts are required to be submitted between July 1 and June 30 of each fiscal year where reimbursement is requested.
  • In general, the reimbursement model of payment will be used, however if a business is unable to pay for an eligible expense without the use of grant funds an exception may be requested for advance payment on a limited basis.  Anytime advance payment is made, a receipt must be provided within 45 days of receipt of funds.  ARPA Project Manager will reach out to grantee to follow up and collect on receipts before any additional grant funds can be provided to grantee.

Grant Recipient Requirements

If your business is selected for grant funding, you must complete the following requirements before funds will be awarded:

  1. Business must receive a Unique Entity ID (UEI) for their business by creating an account on SAM.gov. The information required for getting a Unique Entity ID (UEI) is minimal. It only validates your       organization’s legal business name and address.
    • For a step-by-step guide on how to create a SAM.gov account and receive a Unique Entity ID (UEI), watch this video or read this guide.
    • If your business is already registered as an entity on SAM.gov, you already have a Unique       Entity ID (UEI). It’s viewable on your entity registration record on SAM.gov.
  2. Business must sign an Agreement with the City where they agree to terms, conditions, and         requirements of Program. Any business found in violation of the Agreement will be required to repay grant funds.

Expenditure and Reporting Requirements

Grantees will also be required to submit invoices and/or receipts showing the funds were deployed for an eligible use tied to their recovery narrative and proposed recovery budget.  DED will work with Finance to ensure that these budgets are approved at the time of award.



 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Eligibility


My business already received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), or a similar COVID-19 relief program. Can I apply for this grant?

Yes. However, businesses that have not received any prior funding from COVID-19 relief programs will receive weighted scoring during the evaluation process.

Is U.S. citizenship required to apply?

No.

My business is home-based or a mobile vendor (i.e. food truck). Can I apply for this grant?

Yes. Businesses that are home-based are encouraged to apply, as long as they reside in Salt Lake City. Mobile vendors (i.e. food trucks) are also encouraged to apply, as long as the business owner resides in Salt Lake City OR the business uses a commissary kitchen located in Salt Lake City.

Can nonprofits or religious organizations apply for this grant?

Yes, but organizations must offer programming that assists artists/artisans or small businesses with COVID-19 economic recovery. If you are a nonprofit or religious organization that offers social services or assistance, you might be eligible for a similar grant program being administered by Salt Lake City’s Community & Neighborhoods Department. Visit the following webpage for more information: https://www.slc.gov/can/

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.

Application


What is the maximum grant amount my business can apply for?

  • Small Businesses can apply for a grant up to $50,000
  • Small Businesses in the Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Sector can apply for grants up to $50,000
  • Artist-Artisan Businesses can apply for grants up to $50,000
  • Nonprofits with arts or small business-related programming can apply for grants up to $100,000

How long will I have to apply once the application portal opens?

Once the application portal opens, you will have 30 days to send in a completed application.

Several months later, there will be a second 30-day window where the application portal will be open. This second stage will allow for equitable access to funding to communities who may be engaged in one-on-one business assistance, need longer lead times to get through the application process, or were unsuccessful in the first stage and would like to apply again.

Are there translation/interpretation services for other languages available?

If applicants need assistance in languages other than English, our staff can work with the SLC Mayor’s Office of Equity & Inclusion to coordinate translation & interpretation services.

How do I send in my completed application?

Send your completed application (along with required business documents) in by one of the following options:

  • Online: Applicants can visit www.slc.gov/ed to complete an online application.
  • Mail: SLC Economic Development, PO Box 145590, SLC, UT 84114-5590
  • Drop-off: 451 South State Street, Room 128, SLC, UT 84114
  • E-Mail: ED@slcgov.com

Will I be able to edit my submission after applying, if I have made an error?

No. However, if you need to correct an error, please get in touch with City staff and our team can work with you to correct information on your application.

Grant Awards


How will I be notified if I am awarded a grant?

You will receive an email from City staff notifying you if you have been awarded a grant and included in the email will be next steps for your business.

How long will it take for a successful applicant to receive an award?

Once your business completes several requirements outlined in the award email, the City will seek to release funds within 2 weeks, or create a budget for each approved applicant to request funds at a future date. If your business does not receive funding after 2 weeks, please contact City staff for assistance.

Does anything need to be repaid?

No, these grants do not need to be repaid.

Contact


Who can I contact for help?

If you have questions about the Program guidelines, the application, or application status once submitted, please contact:

Todd Andersen, SLC ARPA Program Coordinator
todd.andersen@slcgov.com
(385) 258-4582

If your business has been awarded funding and have questions about ongoing reporting requirements or need general assistance in Spanish, please contact:

Cathie Rigby, SLC ARPA Program Manager
cathie.rigby@slcgov.com
801-940-9010



 

For questions, contact:
Todd Andersen, SLC ARPA Program Coordinator
todd.andersen@slcgov.com (385) 258-4582

If you need assistance in Spanish, please contact:
Cathie Rigby, SLC ARPA Program Manager
cathie.rigby@slcgov.com (801) 940-9010
Habla Español


 

Equal Opportunity

No person or business shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity funded in whole or in part with the City’s funds based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, sex stereotyping, transgender status, and gender identity), national origin (including limited English proficiency), age, disability, or political affiliation or belief.