Program Update

Dec. 23, 2020 – Once Pres. Trump signs recent federal legislation it will allow the state of Utah to extend the CARES Act funding deadline to Dec. 31, 2021. The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget has confirmed that Utah will grant an extension for CARES Act expenditures. GOED is pleased to provide additional time for Utah businesses, organizations, and nonprofits to spend CARES Act dollars. We’ll share adjusted spending deadlines and reporting requirements associated with this extension in the coming weeks. This year has presented all of us with many challenges. We’re grateful for the opportunity to help Utah’s businesses, entrepreneurs, and families. Thank you for your partnership and ongoing contributions to Utah’s economy.

About the Grant

The COVID-19 Live Events grant provides $3 million to help Utah’s live events industry. Qualifying businesses that have lost revenue due to the public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to participate in this grant program.


Businesses must:

  • Be substantially involved in the promotion of performing arts, sports, or similar events
  • Have experienced a Utah revenue decline related to COVID-19
  • Have employees physically located in Utah
  • Have fewer than 250 full-time equivalent Utah employees
  • Establish that the use of funds will benefit Utah’s economy
  • Verify they’ll spend the awarded grant before Dec. 30, 2020
  • Be a for-profit or non-profit business entity properly registered with the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code, or a sole proprietor whose primary place of business is located in Utah

Note: A company with a NAICS code of 7113 (“Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports & Similar Events”) qualifies as an eligible entity. Companies not under 7113 can apply and may be eligible if they provide a detailed explanation establishing that their business’s primary revenue source is a result of promoting performing arts, sports, or similar events.

Required Documentation

  • A completed and signed W-9 (Please note that the address on the W-9 must match the mailing address listed in the grant application, or your application will be declined. No exceptions.)
  • For a business entity that began operating before July 1, 2019, a Profit & Loss statement for March through Nov. 2019; or for a business entity that began operating on or after July 1, 2019, a Profit & Loss statement for July 2019 through Feb. 2020
  • A Profit & Loss statement for March through Nov. 2020

Award Calculation

Live Event Grant amounts will be awarded based on:

Download this calculator (.xlsx) to see how much you qualify for.

Additional Information

The COVID-19 Live Event Grant is available on a first-come, first-served basis until the $3 million in grant funding is gone. Applications will be accepted beginning Dec. 15, 2020, at 9 a.m. and close on Dec. 17 at noon (MST).

GOED’s grant application system requires advance registration. Sign-up here to create a user account.

If you’ve already applied for a GOED grant, you’ll use the same credentials as before.


Apply Now

The best way to receive assistance, to have questions answered, or receive feedback about your application, is to email us at Emailing us creates a ticket in our customer service application and ensures we can follow-up with you.