COVID-19 pandemic: Commercial Rental Assistance Program info

About the Grant

The COVID-19 Commercial Rental Assistance Program was created on April 30, 2020, when Gov. Herbert signed S.B. 3006. The program grants $40 million in rental relief to Utah small businesses that have lost revenue as a result of measures taken during the pandemic to minimize the public’s exposure to COVID-19.

Although applications for this grant are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, the program is still well-funded. We encourage all eligible entities to apply for the Commercial Rental Assistance Program grant.

To view frequently asked questions and answers, click here. To view or download a Commercial Rental Assistance Program flyer, click here.

Qualifications

To be eligible for the Commercial Rental Assistance Program, applicants must:

  • Have a current lease on commercial property in the state of Utah
  • Claim Utah as their principal place of business
  • Be in operation with fewer than 100 employees on Feb. 15, 2020
  • Demonstrate at least a 50% loss of gross monthly revenue after March 1, 2020, as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Not received funds from the COVID-19 Agricultural Operations Grant Program (funded with federal CARES Act monies)

Required Information and Documentation

  • Company legal name, address and contact information
  • Legal company representative’s name and contact information
  • Disclose whether or not you have applied for or received funds from the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Profit & Loss statement for February 2020
  • Profit & Loss statement for the 4 week period of revenue loss
  • Two most recent state or federal tax returns
  • Profit & Loss statement for 2019 and the four months immediately preceding the day of application submission
  • Current lease/rental agreement
  • Documentation of most recent lease/rental payment
  • Signed W-9

Grant Funds Available

An applicant determined to meet eligibility requirements will receive an amount, not to exceed $10,000, between 25% and 100% of a single month of its business lease amount. The percentage will be based on a formula that takes into account the company’s loss of gross revenue and whether the company received funds from the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Did Not Receive PPP Funds

For applicants that did not receive PPP funds, grant amounts will be the lowest of 1) $10,000, 2) 100% of monthly rent with a monthly gross revenue loss of 71% or more, or 3) 50% of monthly rent with a monthly gross revenue loss between 50% and 70%.

Did Receive PPP Funds

For applicants that did receive PPP funds, grant amounts will be the lowest of 1) $5,000, 2) 50% of monthly rent with a monthly gross revenue loss of 71% or more, or 3) 25% of monthly rent with a monthly gross revenue loss between 50% and 70%.

Apply

Completed applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The application process will remain open until all grant funds are used.

Applying requires a two-step process. The first step is to set-up a username and password for GOED’s application system. Once you request a username, it can take up to 24-hours to receive credentials to access the system. The second step includes logging in with your credentials to complete the application and upload supporting documentation.

Also, if you applied for a bridge loan in March or April, please 1) use the same access credentials for your Commercial Rental Assistance Program application (you can skip the first step noted above), and 2) use this application link.

A request for a grant is not a guarantee of funding. GOED will begin mailing grant checks on May 15.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions, please complete this web form or contact us at rentalgrant@utah.gov.

I have not received a case number as directed, what can I do?

Our system will not validate an application if the captcha was not correctly validated, which we have noticed an error with some web browsers. We advise clearing your cache and your cookies, and updating your web browser. Google Chrome is recommended in this instance. We also advise against using a mobile device.

Do I have to waive my rights to confidentiality as a business?

No. The question regarding the Utah Government Records Access Management Act (GRAMA) relates to your documents submitted in the application process. If you claim business confidentiality your financial documents submitted in the application will be prohibited from release in the event of a record request relating to your application. Claiming business confidentiality will not negatively affect your application.

What grant amounts are available?

An applicant who meets eligibility requirements will receive between 25% and 100% of a single month of its business lease amount, not to exceed $10,000. The percentage will be based on a formula that takes into account the company’s loss of gross revenue and whether the company received funds from the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

How are the grant amounts determined?

For applicants that did not receive PPP funds, grant amounts will be the lowest of 1) 100% of monthly rent with a monthly gross revenue loss of 71% or more, or 2) 50% of monthly rent with a monthly gross revenue loss between 50% and 70%. Not to exceed $10,000.

For applicants that did receive PPP funds, grant amounts will be the lowest of 1) 50% of monthly rent with a monthly gross revenue loss of 71% or more, or 2) 25% of monthly rent with a monthly gross revenue loss between 50% and 70%. Not to exceed $5,000.

How do I send you my documents?

To protect the security of your business and its financial documents, we ask you to only upload your documents to the secure application (login credentials from the Bridge Loan are the same for the Commercial Rental Assistance Program). You can access the application after our team has verified your business and sent you login credentials. If you did not submit all the required documentation your application may be considered incomplete and therefore ineligible. Please verify that all documents are current prior to submitting your application.

How do I find my business entity number?

Your business Entity Number is the number you receive when you are registered with the state. You can verify your information by looking up your business here. Providing the correct entity ID and correct business addresses will help our team verify your business much faster.

How will I find out if my business was deemed eligible?

We have a small team of people working as diligently as they can to verify your eligibility. Once eligibility has been determined, award and denial letters will go out. More information on the timelines will be available after we’ve been able to assess the volume of applications.

How do I know if my eligibility application was accepted?

You will receive a case number from a “no-reply” email. If you do not receive a case number via email, you have likely not submitted for eligibility to our system. Please try again. If you have login credentials from the Bridge Loan program, please use this application link and the same login credentials for your Commercial Rental Assistance Program application.

I'm a sub-tenant and pay rent to another business. Can I qualify for the grant program?

No. This program is for the master tenant, not sub-tenants.

How will gross revenue loss be determined?

To measure monthly gross revenue loss we will compare the business’s gross revenue for any four week period after March 1, 2020, as designated by the business, to the business’s gross revenue for the month of February 2020.

How can the grant money be used?

The intent of the program is to provide rent relief to businesses that lost revenue as a result of measures taken to minimize the public’s exposure to COVID-19. The money granted should be used to pay rent.

Can an entity that has multiple rental locations (i.e. restaurant, etc.) apply and potentially get rental assistance for each location?

Yes, but the revenue calculation and maximum rental assistance amount applies per entity.

If I applied for the bridge loan in March or April, can I use the same application access credentials?

Yes. If you applied for a bridge loan in March or April, please use this application link and the same access credentials for your Commercial Rental Assistance Program application.

Does the program cover mortgage payments?

No. The program is for lessees of commercial property, not mortgage payments.

What file formats can I use to upload the requested documents to my application and is there a size limit?

The preferred file types is .pdf but formats ending in .doc, .jpeg, .xls, and .csv are all acceptable. We cannot accept specialized formats such as “.pages”. Also, please verify that your documents are not password protected.

Podcast

Hear from Kori Ann Edwards and Dane Ishihara as they discuss the COVID-19 Commercial Rental Assistance Program.

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