Information about COVID-19 grants, loans and programs

About the Grant

The COVID-19 PPE Support Grant Program, known as ‘Safe In Utah,’ is a $5 million grant program to help businesses keep employees and customers safe.

Safe In Utah uses federal CARES Act funds as part of Utah’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. It provides 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.

Companies may receive $250 per full-time employee, or a business entity can receive funds for their actual or anticipated expenses. Award eligibility is the lesser of the two funding options.

Safe In Utah begins accepting applications again on Sept. 16, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. (MDT).

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), at the Legislature’s request, administers the program. To date, GOED has disbursed $1.1 million of this grant’s funding.

To view frequently asked questions and answers, click here. Please email safeinutah@utah.gov or participate in an online chat to answer any program questions.

Qualifications

Eligible businesses must have:

  • Been in operation on March 1, 2020
  • Have employees that are physically located in Utah
  • Experienced a revenue decline related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Demonstrated that the business entity has incurred COVID-19-related expenses after March 1, or, certify that it will spend grant funds on COVID-19-related expenses

Required Documentation

To receive “Safe In Utah” grant funds, businesses must:

  • Complete and sign a W-9 tax form
  • Provide evidence of COVID-19 related expenses incurred, or an estimate of costs that will be incurred before December 30, 2020

Award Calculation

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) $250 per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee.

Apply

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.

If you applied for previous GOED COVID-19 grant programs, please use this application link and the same access credentials. If you haven’t previously applied, you can set-up a GOED account now so you’re ready to submit application materials on Sept. 14 when applications will again be accepted.

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

Please email safeinutah@utah.gov with any questions.

Stay Open Pledge

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.

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.

What COVID-19 purchases are eligible?

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.

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 “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) $250 per full-time equivalent (full time employee), not to exceed $50,000 per entity.

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.

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