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Updates to COVID-19 PPE support grant program

Salt Lake City— The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced today, with the Legislature’s approval, that the COVID-19 Support Grant Program, known as ‘Safe In Utah,’ has changed its grant amounts from $100 awarded per full-time employee to $250.

To help keep Utah businesses safe, the Utah Legislature set aside $5 million in federal CARES Act funds for ‘Safe In Utah.’ Version two of this initiative begins accepting applications reflecting the updated changes on Sept. 16, 2020, at 9 a.m. (MDT).

‘Safe In Utah’ 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 and help keep employees and customers healthy.

“We hope these new changes will help more businesses apply and receive funds from this program,” said Val Hale, GOED’s executive director. “‘Safe In Utah’ is a great program to help businesses do everything they can to keep employees and the public healthy.”

Current program metrics:

  • $5 million appropriated
  • $1.1 million awarded
  • Number of awards: 444
  • Total award amount: $1,152,174
  • Average award amount: $2,595

The grants are capped per business at the lower amount of 1) $250 per full-time equivalent employee or 2) the company’s actual or anticipated expenses in taking these health and safety measures.

To learn more about business eligibility, required documents, and additional program details and submit applications for the new changes beginning on Sept. 16 at 9 a.m., visit utahgoed.info/safe-in-utah.

About Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Under the direction of Gov. Gary R. Herbert, the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) provides resources and support for business creation, growth and recruitment. It helps drive increased tourism, film production and outdoor recreation in the state. Utilizing state resources and private sector contracts, GOED administers programs in economic areas that demonstrate the highest potential for development. Learn more at business.utah.gov or by calling (801) 538-8680.