The COVID-19 PPE Support Grant Program, known as “Safe In Utah,” is a grant program for businesses.
The $5 million Safe In Utah initiative uses federal CARES Act funds as part of Utah’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. It includes grants for a business’s COVID-19 response that consists of the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), implementation of workplace redesigns, additional signage, new technology solutions for distance working, and other items to comply with COVID-19 public health guidelines on safely returning employees to work.
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), at the Legislature’s request, administers the program.
Safe In Utah begins accepting applications on July 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (MDT). By August 31, 2020, GOED must award at least 75% of grant funds to small businesses of 250 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. The program is designed to help Utah small businesses primarily.
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Eligible businesses must have:
To receive “Safe In Utah” grant funds, businesses must:
Awards for the “Safe In Utah” grant are calculated by the lesser of the amount of 1) the business entity’s actual COVID-19-related expenses, or, 2) $100 per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee, not to exceed $50,000 per entity.
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.
Applications were accepted beginning July 20, 2020, at 9 a.m. (MDT). After that date, if you cannot see the blue Apply Now button, please clear your browser cache and refresh the page.
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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.
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Purchases for personal protection equipment for employees and customers such as: cleaning and sanitizing supplies, signage providing public health guidelines, technology upgrades related to teleworking and costs for office redesign to provide adequate separation between employees or between employees and customers.
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.
Awards for the “Safe In Utah” grant are calculated by the lesser of the amount of 1) the business entity’s actual COVID-19-related expenses, or,2) $100 per full-time equivalent (full time employee), not to exceed $50,000 per entity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. If you have applied for another GOED incentive, please use this application link and the same access credentials for your application.
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.