Salt Lake City has launched a Community Recovery Grants Program that will inject $4 million into the economy through grants up to $100,000 to support non-profits, small businesses, and local artists/artisans. Mayor Erin Mendenhall proposed this funding as a way to reach key community organizations and individuals who were affected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding comes from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which was signed into law on March 11, 2021.
Following guidance from Salt Lake City Mayor and Council, $2 million of the funds will go to the City’s Department of Economic Development to administer to qualifying small businesses, artists, and select non-profits. The other $2 million will go to the City’s Department of Communities and Neighborhoods to administer to non-profit organizations that provide direct services to address housing, educational, economic, and public health needs in the local community.
Interested non-profits may apply for up to $100,000 of funding, either from Communities and Neighborhoods for direct service-focused organizations or from Economic Development for non-profit art or business assistance organizations.
Artists, small or home-based businesses, and artisans are encouraged to apply. There is no requirement for a business license for artists who have home-based businesses. Qualified applicants can apply for up to $50,000.
Additional information about funding can be found at the Communities and Neighborhoods website for direct service non-profits, or at the Department of Economic Development website for small businesses and business/artist assistance organizations. The application portal will be open for 30 days, closing on September 30, 2022. For more information, click here.