Air & Water Innovation Grant

This $10-million program may award grants to Utah-based businesses to implement strategic and innovative solutions that address air quality or water conservation.

The grant is available to for-profit and nonprofit businesses registered with the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code (if required) that have a physical location in the state.

Of the remaining funding of approximately $1-million, only water projects that will reduce dependence on water from Great Salt Lake will be considered.

The grant application portal will open on Feb. 3, 2023, at 8 a.m. and close on Feb. 9, 2023, at 4 p.m.

Application Requirements:

  • The expected outcomes the funding would be used to achieve. Identify specific targets and benchmarks that align with the expected outcomes
    • Air pollutant emissions reduction projects
      • Control or capture emissions and air pollutants
      • New technology or processes that reduce or eliminate air pollutant emissions
      • Reductions in fuel usage for transportation or combustion that result in lower air pollutant emissions
      • Describe the current air pollutant emissions rate and what are the expected future emissions reductions in tons per year
      • The geographic area impacted by the emissions reduction project
    • Water conservation projects
      • Clearly identify the reduction of water use in gallons
      • Efficiencies maintained or improved while reducing water usage
  • The extent to which the project offers a strategic and innovative solution to achieve the expected outcomes
    • Describe  the proof of concept if applicable, and the ability to scale the innovation to other uses or industries if possible
  • How the business entity intends to achieve the expected outcomes
  • How the business envisions coordinating or partnering with the applicable agency in implementing the project
  • Identify if the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah, the Institute of Land, Water, and Air at Utah State University, or the Bingham Research Center at Utah State University would be best suited to evaluate the proposed project
  • The date the business entity expects to complete the project, which can be no later than July 1, 2026
  • The total amount of money needed for the project
  • Grant amount requested 
    • The grant will prioritize projects that have a funding match from a private entity

Required Documentation

  • Signed W-9
  • Budget for the proposed project
  • Prior year and current year profit and loss statements


The grant application portal will open on Feb. 3, 2023, and close on Feb. 9, 2023. 

If you’re new to the office grant programs, please complete the New Portal User Request to receive login credentials. This process takes about one business day.

If you already have login credentials, you can access the portal by clicking the Apply Now button.

If you have any questions or feedback about the Air and Water Innovation Grant, please email


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