The Small Business Employee Vaccination Grant has received $500,000 in federal CARES Act funds as part of Utah’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. It provides reimbursement to Utah small business employers that pay employees for time off to either receive a COVID-19 vaccine or recuperate should they experience side effects after their vaccination.

The grant offers employers funds to provide paid time off for employees who are otherwise not eligible for paid time off. The grant may be used for both full-time and part-time employees to:

Grants will be offered to employers until December 31, 2021, or the $500,000 grant funds are encumbered.

Eligibility

Eligible businesses must have:

The employer must pay the employee for time off before December 31, 2021. Employers have until January 20, 2022, to submit applications for reimbursement.

We’ve provided this spreadsheet (Excel format) to help you calculate your grant request amount.

Application Documentation 

Applications for grant program participation require:

The contract maximum will be 20 hours per eligible employee.

Payment application requires a written statement from each employee that:

  1. They received the COVID-19 vaccine
  2. Date(s) of vaccination
  3. Hours of work that were missed
  4. The amount of compensation they received for paid time off

To request reimbursement, please download this PDF form, have each employee complete it, then submit it to dishihara@utah.gov.

Employers have until January 20, 2022, to submit applications to Go Utah for reimbursement.

Grant Amount

The grant amount requested cannot exceed the amount the employer paid (entire labor burden) to the employee(s) for time off related to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine or recuperating should they experience side effects after their vaccination. Any such time, and reimbursement request, cannot exceed 20 hours per employee.

The submission of a grant application does not guarantee payment. Payments are based on the availability of grant funds and the required documentation established in the contract.

Apply

The grant application process will open on November 16, 2021, at 9 a.m. (MST).

Our grant application portal requires advance registration, which takes about one day to complete. If you’ve previously applied for a Go Utah (formerly GOED) grant, you’ll use the same credentials as before. If you need to create a user account, click here.

After November 16, if you don’t see the blue Apply Now button, please clear your browser cache and refresh your browser.

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Questions or Feedback

Please let us know of any questions, comments, or feedback by emailing Dane Ishihara at dishihara@utah.gov. You may also review the grant press release here.