Information about COVID-19 grants, loans and programs

Shop In Utah Offers

A new webpage features Shop In Utah offers by companies interested in promoting their discount programs. The offers are listed in a searchable table for consumers to search for specific brands, locations or offers.
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Aug. 7, 2020 Update

As of Friday, August 7, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. (MDT), we are no longer accepting new applications for the Shop In Utah program. In-process applications can still be completed and submitted. The amount of Shop In Utah funds requested now exceeds the amount of federal CARES Act funds currently available for the initiative. All Shop In Utah applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until funding runs out.

About the Grant

The COVID-19 Impacted Businesses Grant Program, known as ‘Shop In Utah,’ is a grant program for businesses.

This $25 million initiative provides grants to businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies must offer a discount, coupon, or another offer with an estimated value to their customers of at least 50% of the grant amount to qualify for the program.

Because this grant is primarily for Utah’s small businesses, at least 75% of grant funds will go to Utah companies with 250 or fewer full-time employees.

The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), at the Legislature’s request, administers the program.

Examples

Shop In Utah customer discounts can take many forms. By way of illustration, here are some examples:

A business owner could look at lost revenues and come up with an appropriate Shop In Utah customer discount. For example, if a qualifying Utah business lost $30,000 in revenue since the coronavirus pandemic began, it could create a discount or promotion worth a total of $15,000 in savings to its customers to claim a Shop In Utah grant worth $30,000.

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Qualifications

Eligible businesses must:

  • Offer a discount or other financial incentive with an estimated value to customers of at least 50% of the grant amount
  • Have experienced a revenue decline related to COVID-19
  • Have been in operation on March 1, 2020
  • Have employees that are physically located in Utah
  • Establish that the use of funds will benefit the state economy
  • Not receive funding from the COVID-19 Cultural Assistance Grant program (‘Create In Utah;’ applications are open until Aug. 7)

Required Documentation

Businesses must submit the following:

  • A completed and signed W-9
  • A Profit & Loss statement for March to June 2019 if the business began operating before July 1, 2019; or a February 2020 Profit & Loss statement if the business began operating on or after July 1, 2019
  • A Profit & Loss statement for March to June 2020
  • A plan that includes a budget for the financial incentive offer to customers; the budget must establish how the funds will be spent before December 30, 2020

Award Calculation

Awards for the Shop In Utah grant may not exceed the business entity’s revenue decline or $50,000:

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Completed applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The application process will remain open until all grant funds are used. A request for a grant is not a guarantee of funding.

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.

Note: If you applied for previous GOED COVID-19 grant programs, please use this application link and the same access credentials.

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Aug. 7, 2020 Update
As of Friday, August 7, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. (MDT), we are no longer accepting new applications for the Shop In Utah program. In-process applications can still be completed and submitted. The amount of Shop In Utah funds requested now exceeds the amount of federal CARES Act funds currently available for the initiative. All Shop In Utah applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until funding runs out.

Learn more about this grant program by watching the video or listening to the podcast.

Please email shopinutah@utah.gov with any questions.

We encourage all businesses to follow best practices to protect the health and safety of employees and customers.  Examples of best practice guidelines such as the COVID-19 Business Manual can be found at coronavirus.utah.gov  or the Stay Safe to Stay Open campaign at stayopenutah.com.

Shop In Utah Offers

A new webpage features Shop In Utah offers by companies interested in promoting their discount programs. The offers are listed in a searchable table for consumers to search for specific brands, locations or offers.
View Offers

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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. 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 and how are the amounts calculated?

Awards for the Shop In Utah grant are the lesser of the business entity’s revenue decline or $50,000:

  • For a business entity that began operating before July 1, 2019, the sum of revenue for March through June 2019 compared to the sum of revenue for March through June 2020; or
  • For a business entity that began operating on or after July 1, 2019, the business entity’s revenue for February 2020 multiplied by four compared to the sum of revenue from March through June 2020.

How do I send you my documents?

To protect the security of your business and its financial documents, we ask you to please only upload your documents to the secure application. You can access the application after our team has verified your business and sent you log in credentials. If you did not submit all the required documentation, your application may be considered incomplete and therefore ineligible.

When will grant checks be mailed?

Shop In Utah grant checks will be distributed on a rolling basis beginning the first week of August.

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 professionals working as hard as they can to verify your eligibility. Once eligibility has been determined, award or denial letters will be sent 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 almost instantly. If you do not receive a case number via email you have likely not submitted for eligibility to our system. Please try again.

How are the number of full-time equivalent employees calculated?

You will attest to the number of full-time equivalent employees during the application process. If your business is chosen for an audit, unemployment insurance records and payroll documentation may be used to verify the number reported.

If I applied for a GOED incentive in the past, can I use the same application access credentials?

Yes. If you have applied for another GOED incentive, please use this application link and the same access credentials for your application.

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

The preferred file types are .pdf but formats ending in .doc, .jpeg, .xls and .csv are all acceptable. We cannot accept specialized formats such as “.pages.” Please verify your documents are not password protected and are under 5MB.

Common Mistakes Applicants Make

  • Failure to provide all required documentation; if a document is unavailable, attach a document stating why
  • Document format:
    • Name documents appropriately
    • Size: Under 5MB each
    • No password-protected documents
    • PDF is the preferred format (Excel or Word is acceptable; no EPUB or files in Mac-based formats)
  • Verify the W-9 is signed, has the correct address and matches the address provided in the application
  • Know your business structure (parent entity is the applicant, DBA or other subsidiaries shouldn’t apply)
  • Carefully read the questions as they may determine your eligibility