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Individuals for COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

ARPA Community Grants Program

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Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development

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09/30/22 11:59 PM


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Grants to Utah nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in eligible regions for Coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery efforts. Funding is intended to assist artists as well as nonprofits and businesses in industries such as travel, tourism, and hospitality. Eligible applicants are located in Salt Lake City.

Small Businesses and Artists:

Eligible disciplines for individual artists include: Dance, Design Arts, Literature, Multidisciplinary Arts & New Media, Film, Music, Performance Art, Theater, Visual Arts and Folk or Traditional art forms in any of the above genres.

Eligible uses of grant funding:

  • Wages (payroll or benefits)
  • Costs to retain employees
  • Mortgage, rent, or utilities costs
  • COVID-19 prevention procedures (enhanced cleaning, barriers/dividers, COVID-19 vaccinations/testing)
  • One-on-one business counseling, or other business planning services
  • Other operating costs

Eligible Uses ONLY for “disproportionately impacted” businesses:

  • Business Incubator
  • Start-up or expansion costs
  • Childcare support
  • Transportation support (to and from job site or interview)
  • Capital investments; in order for capital investments to be considered, the business would need to:
    • Provide a description of harm and why the harm was worsened or caused by COVID-19.
    • Provide an explanation of why a capital expense can address a specific need.
    • Comparison of the proposed capital expense against alternative capital expenses. Recipients should provide a comparison of the proposed capital expense against at least two alternative capital expenses and show why their proposed capital expense is superior to alternatives.

Eligible Uses ONLY for businesses in the travel, tourism, and hospitality sector:

  • Maintenance of existing equipment and facilities

Nonprofit Organizations:

Eligible use of grant funds:

Provide an effective and efficient program designed to directly respond to an identified COVID-19 negative economic impact for:

  • Artists (visual, performing, etc.)
  • Artisans (woodwork, metalwork, ceramics, etc.)
  • Small Businesses (less than 50 full-time employees)

There must be a clear causal relationship tying the recovery to impact.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 205554

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Small Businesses and artists/artisans can apply for grants up to $50,000
- Nonprofits offering arts or small business-specific COVID-19 recovery programming can apply for grants up to $100,000

Term of Contract:

Grant funding may only be used for costs incurred after March 3, 2021. All funds must be spent by December 31, 2024, with receipts provided no later than December 31, 2026.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Salt Lake City’s Community Grant Program was created to provide financial assistance to eligible small businesses, artists, artisans, creatives, and nonprofits (as individual businesses) in Salt Lake City.

- Business is physically located and licensed to do business* in Salt Lake City, and was in operation before January 1, 2020 *if you are a home-based business, artist or musician, a business license is not required
- Business has less than 50 full-time employees.
- Business can show it was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic or the related shutdowns.
- Business is not facing any pending litigation or legal action.
- Business is not suspended or restricted from the use of federal funds.
- Business is not a franchise that is a subsidiary of a larger corporation.
- Business is not a multinational or publicly traded business.
- Business is not a chain (unless most locations are in Salt Lake City).
- Business is not owned by a City employee, elected, or appointed official.

With exceptions for the following:
- Eligible individual artists must reside in Salt Lake City and must have been a professional artist before January 1, 2020.
- A home-based business is eligible to apply but must reside in Salt Lake City.
- Mobile food vendors are eligible to apply if the business owner resides in Salt Lake City OR the business uses a commissary kitchen located in Salt Lake City.
- Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply in two ways: 1) as a small business themselves if they were negatively impacted by COVID-19 and related shutdowns, or 2) as a subrecipient applicant that is offering artist/artisan and small business specific recovery programs.
- Nonprofit agencies serving a disproportionately impacted community must indicate such on their application.
- Businesses that received funds from other local, state, or federal COVID-19 relief programs (PPP, EIDL, etc.) are eligible to apply to this program; however, businesses with no prior funding from other COVID-19 relief programs will receive weighted scoring during the evaluation process.

Disproportionately Impacted Businesses:
- Small businesses operating in Qualified Census Tracts (QCTs)
- Go to this QCT map and enter your business address to see if you are in a QCT. Be patient, as the map might take several moments to load:
- 100% women-owned business (this criteria is currently pending)
- 100% minority-owned business (this criteria is currently pending)
- Arts & Culture business (this criteria is currently pending)

Impacted Industries:
- Businesses in the travel, tourism, or hospitality sectors are defined as “impacted” (restaurant, bar, entertainment, hotel, event planning, tourism or travel)
- Small businesses located in the Downtown Corridor (between North Temple and 400 South, and between 200 East and I-15) (this criteria is currently pending)

Ineligible/Prohibited Uses of Grant Funding (including but not limited to):
- Deposits into pension funds
- Debt servicing
- Replenishing financial reserves (stabilization or “rainy day” funds)
- Satisfying obligations from a judicial settlement or judgment
- Paying off non-business debt, such as personal credit cards for non-business purchases
- Personal expenses, such as buying a new family car or making repairs to a home
- Direct financing to political activities or paying off taxes and fines
- Purchase of personal items, drugs, tobacco, and/or alcohol
- Food, entertainment, and/or bonuses
- Travel not associated with direct business operations
- Costs incurred prior to March 3, 2021

Nonprofit Organizations:
To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- 501(c)3, 501(c)4, 501(c)6, and 501(c)19 nonprofits
- Nonprofits that offer programming for arts or small business- specific COVID-19 recovery
- Programming must specifically target artists, artisans, or small businesses operating within the municipal boundaries of Salt Lake City.
- Nonprofits serving a disproportionately impacted community must indicate such on their application for subrecipient grant funds.

No person or business shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity funded in whole or in part with the City’s funds based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, sex stereotyping, transgender status, and gender identity), national origin (including limited English proficiency), age, disability, or political affiliation or belief.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Q&A Webinars: several webinars will be hosted where staff can answer questions about eligibility, required documents, completing the application, and approved/unapproved uses of funding. Assistance can be provided in both English and Spanish. Webinars will be recorded and posted on this webpage.

One-on-One Appointments: If needed, applicants can schedule appointments with ARPA staff for one-on-one assistance. Appointments will be available in-person (City Hall), over Zoom, or over the phone. Assistance can be provided in both English and Spanish.

Utah Small Business Development Center: During the application period, applicants can receive assistance from staff of the Utah Small Business Development Center:

Sorenson Unity Center Computer Lab: During the application period, applicants can visit the computer lab at Sorensen Unity Center Computer Lab (1383 S 900 W) for general computer assistance. The computer lab is open to the public 9 am-9 pm Monday-Friday, and 9 am-5 pm Saturdays.

Assistance in multiple languages: if applicants need assistance in languages other than English or Spanish, staff can work with the SLC Mayor’s Office of Equity & Inclusion to coordinate translation & interpretation services.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted from September 1st, 2022 to 11:59 pm on September 30th, 2022.

The Program will also offer a second phase of funding. Another 30-day window will be opened to receive applications in later months. A second phase rollout will allow for equitable access to funding to communities who may be engaged in technical assistance, need longer lead times to get through the application process, or were unsuccessful in the first round.

The Committee will have 30 days after the application portal closes to review and score applications while considering federal requirements and geographic equity. The Committee will make funding recommendations to the Mayor and City Council. The Mayor and City Council will make final funding decisions. You will be notified if your business is selected for grant funding. The same process will be repeated for the second phase of funding. City staff will release more information on this second stage in later months.

ADA Accessibility: The Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development is committed to ensuring that services, programs, and activities are accessible to all. To request ADA reasonable accommodations for this application, please contact Ashley Lichtle, SLC ADA Coordinator.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Small Business/Artist Application:

Nonprofit Application:

Applicants can pick up a paper application at City Hall and mail their application (along with required business documents) to the following address before the deadline:

SLC Economic Development
PO Box 145590
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-5590

In person:
Applicants can visit Salt Lake City Hall to pick up a paper application:

SLC Economic Development
451 South State Street, Rm 128
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114

Completed paper applications (along with required business documents) can be returned to the above address before the deadline.

Applications can be emailed to

Ashley Lichtle, SLC ADA Coordinator: or 385-315-3774

For questions, contact:
Todd Andersen, SLC ARPA Program Coordinator (385) 258-4582

If you need assistance in Spanish, please contact:
Cathie Rigby, SLC ARPA Program Manager (801) 940-9010
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