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SBIG - Small Business Impact Grant

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The Small Business Impact Grant (SBIG) is a COVID-19 relief program for small businesses in Salt Lake County funded by the CARES Act. SLCo will award up to $40 million in grants through one-time payments of $500 to $35,000 to impacted businesses that apply.

Update to Grant Eligibility 

As of July 28, 2020, the eligibility requirements for the Salt Lake County SBIG have been updated to include all industries, as well as businesses that received LESS THAN $35,000 in CARES Act funds.

Any small businesses in Salt Lake County meeting all other requirements noted below should apply. If you were denied the grant in Round 1 based on industry or previously receiving COVID-19 aid, please re-apply.

Apply For the Grant

Completed applications from eligible businesses will be processed in the order they are received. The application will be open until funds are exhausted.

To be eligible, businesses must:

  • Be based in Salt Lake County
  • Employ fewer than 100 employees
  • Provide documents verifying your financial loss
  • Be in any industry impacted by COVID-19
  • Have operated prior to Jan. 1, 2020
  • Received less than $35,000 financial aid through CARES Act programs, like the PPP, EIDL or State ComRent programs

If you are still unsure if you qualify after reviewing the eligibility criteria on this web page, complete the first step of the application here. This pre-screening will ensure you meet the basic eligibility requirements.

Grant Application Assistance

Please refer to the Small Business Impact Grant FAQ at the bottom of the page for more information on applying, or refer to translated SBIG FAQ documents below available for download.

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Hotline

(385) 468-4011

Get assistance with your
SLCo Small Business Impact Grant application

Hotline Hours

  • Spanish: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday
  • Mandarin: 5-8 p.m. Monday, 1-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
  • Vietnamese:
    • 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Tuesday
    • Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday
    • 9 a.m.-Noon Thursday-Friday
  • Arabic: By appointment. Call to schedule.
  • English: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • ADA Liaison: Call (385) 468-4900
Salt Lake County will provide free auxiliary aids and services to qualified individuals, including qualified sign language interpreters, alternate formats, etc. If auxiliary aids or services are required to achieve effective communication, please contact the agency ADA/504 Liaison, Erika Fihaki, at EFihaki@slco.org or 385-468-4900.

Webinars

Step-by-Step presentation through the SBIG application

Check back for more webinars on the SBIG program and economic recovery as they are scheduled.

Meet Fellow SBIG Awardees

Many local businesses are using Small Business Impact Grant funds to support their operations through COVID-19. Learn more about small businesses in Salt Lake County and what they're doing.

New Asian Gastropub Nohm strives to settle into its niche in Salt Lake dining during COVID-19

Application Instructions

Need help navigating the SBIG application? Watch our video tutorial that will take you through the steps of applying.

SBIG Round 2 Application Video Tutorial

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

Is my business eligible for a grant?

To be eligible for a grant, you must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • The primary location of your business is in Salt Lake County,
  • AND you have fewer than 100 employees on payroll (W-2 earners),
  • AND you established and licensed your business before January 1, 2020,
  • AND you can document financial loss of more than $500 between March 16 - July 31, 2020, due to COVID-19,
  • AND if you received assistance from CARES Act funding (EIDL, PPP, etc), the total was less than $35,000

How can I check that my business is in Salt Lake County?

You can explore Salt Lake County’s boundaries on this map.

I’m not sure my business is eligible. How can I find out?

Begin the grant application here, which includes an eligibility pre-screening. Call the Business Relief Hotline for further assistance at (385) 468-4011. Operating hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Is my business eligible for the grant if I personally received Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)?

An individual that received PUA is still eligible to apply for the grant for their business. This grant serves business owners, as well as self-employed individuals. 

 Salt Lake County Non-Discrimination & Equal Access

Salt Lake County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended and Sections 503 & 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in providing individuals with disabilities equal access to employment opportunities and the services, programs and activities the County offers. Members of the general public may seek assistance from any County employee in contacting the ADA/504 Liaison, Erika Fihaki, at EFihaki@slco.org. Salt Lake County will provide free auxiliary aids and services to qualified individuals, including qualified sign language interpreters, alternate formats, etc.

Grant Amount & Qualified Expenses

How much funding can my business receive?

Grant amounts are determined by individual business needs based on documented losses and COVID-related expenses. The minimum grant amount is $500, and the maximum grant amount is $35,000.

Do I need to spend the grant by a specific date?

Yes, grant awards must be spent by November 30, 2020. Any remaining grant amount at that time must be returned to Salt Lake County.

Do I need to repay my grant?

No, if you spend the grant on qualified expenses and submit documentation of your spending, you do not need to repay it.

Will I be taxed on the grant?

Yes. State and local grants are taxable for federal income purposes. Approved grant applicants who are individual/sole proprietors, LLCs and partnerships will be issued a 1099.

What are qualified expenses for the grant?

The grant can be used on operating expenses such as:
  • Payroll,
  • Rent or mortgage,
  • Utilities,
  • Insurance,
  • Inventory, and
  • COVID-related expenses.
You must submit documentation of how you spent the money.

What qualifies as a COVID-related expense?

  • Expenses related to business modifications to promote social distancing.
  • Expenses related to continuing business operations from the home or by internet.
  • Expenses related to business modifications to protect employees or customers such as barriers, distancing signs, hand sanitization centers, etc.
  • Expenses related to protective gear and sanitization, such as masks and disinfectant.
  • Other expenses that are business-related and would not have been necessary if not for COVID-19.

How do I find out if an expense is qualified or is prohibited?

Call the Business Relief Hotline for assistance: (385) 468-4011.

What will happen if I use the grant on prohibited expenses?

You will be required to pay back the grant amount if you cannot prove your business spent it on qualified expenses.

How many grants will be given?

There is not a set number of grants that will be awarded. Grants will be awarded until the funding runs out.

Communication to Expect from Salt Lake County

Beware of phishing

Financial, personnel, business, contract and reporting information will be completed online through the main application at ZoomGrants.

Salt Lake County will contact you by email, from Notices@zoomgrants.com, with eligibility and award status or to provide links to the main application. Salt Lake County will not request that you respond through email. Once you've been approved, Salt Lake County may call to verify your business information.

If you are unsure if an email or call is from Salt Lake County, please contact the Business Relief Hotline for assistance: (385) 468-4011.

Please do not reply to any questionable emails or phone calls.

Applying in Round 2

Applying in Round 2  

Continue on if your business industry was impacted by COVID-19 and/or received less than $35,000 in CARES Act funding:

What to do if you were determined ineligible in Round 1

  • I was originally considered ineligible in Round 1's application pre-screening because my business was outside the designated industries and/or because I received CARES Act funding for my business. What should I do now?
    • Start a new application. You need to confirm your business is now eligible in the pre-screening step of the application. Refer to the “starting an application” section for detailed instructions. 
    •  If you have trouble beginning a new application, call the Business Relief Hotline at (385) 468-4011.

What to do if Round 1 awardees want to extend reporting period

    • If your business received funding through the SBIG program in Round 1 and you can prove additional loss for June 16 - July 31, apply for additional funding in Round 2. Total funding received through the SBIG program cannot exceed $35,000. Call the Business Relief Hotline to receive a direct link to the application: (385) 468-4011.

Application Process

Starting the Application

How to Start the SLCo SBIG Grant Application

  1. Complete Part 1: the eligbility pre-screening at slco.org/grantscreen/
  2. After completing the screening, you will recive an email saing whether or not you are eligible to continue your application.
  3. If you are eligibile, the email will include a link to Part 2 of the application.
  4. Click on the emailed link & create an account.
  5. After creating an account & starting an application, visit ZoomGrants to log in and make edits

When does the SBIG application close?

Complete applications from businesses will be processed in the order they are received. The application will close when the program runs out of funding or Nov. 1, 2020, whichever comes first.

Can I complete the application on my phone or tablet?

Yes, you can complete the application on a phone or tablet, but it may be easier to use a computer.

Required Documents

What documentation is required for a complete application?

Documents are required to prove lost sales and COVID-19-related expenses. Grant awards are limited to substantiated losses and COVID-related expenses, and grants will not be greater than $35,000.

Expected Sales March 16 to July 31, 2020

Note: The expected sales time period was extended in Round 2. If your business was approved in Round 1 and would like to provide new documentation of further losses through July 31, call the Business Relief Hotline at (385) 468-4011 to receive a direct link to the Round 2 application.

Provide ONE or more of the following documents that show business revenues during the same period of last year (March 16-July 31, 2019):
  • Bank statements (preferred)
  • Tax Returns (annual, quarterly report 940 or 941)
  • Deposit slips
  • Copies of customer receipts
  • Weekly or monthly cash summaries
  • Copies of journals or ledgers showing receipts
  • Credit card batch records (do not include personally protected information)
  • Income statements from independent accountant

--OR--

Documents that indicate expected sales that were cancelled THIS YEAR from (March 16-July 31, 2020) including but not limited to:

  • Contracts for services that were cancelled due to closure (partial closure or complete closure)
  • Proof of event/appointment confirmation, proof of event/appointment cancellation, AND proof of associated lost revenue (MUST include all three; eg. copy of event contract AND copy of event cancellation AND copy of itemized anticipated revenue)
  • Accounts receivable reports from electronic accounting software.

--OR--

If you cannot provide information from 2019 or expected sales from 2020, provide documentation for average sales for 10 weeks from January 1 to March 16, 2020. This must be shown by providing one or more of the documents listed above.

Actual Sales March 16 to July 31, 2020: You need ONE or more of the following

  • Bank statements or deposit slips (preferred)
  • Accounts/Receivable records
  • Daily, weekly or monthly summary of cash receipts

Receipts for other COVID-related expenses: Other expenses that are business-related and would not have been necessary but for the COVID-19 pandemic. These expenses must have been made between March 16-July 31, 2020 and include:

  • Modifications of the business space to promote social distancing
  • Continuing business operations from the home or by internet
  • Modifications of the business space to protect employees or customers, such as barriers, distancing signs, hand sanitization centers, etc.
  • Protective gear and sanitization

Other Documents

Who can I ask about substitutions for required documents?

Call the Business Relief Hotline for assistance 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday at (385) 468-4011.

Getting Help With Your Application

I am having issues filling out the application.  What should I do?

Call the Business Relief Hotline for assistance: (385) 468-4011.

How can I get translation assistance?

Look at the language resources FAQ at the top of this page, available in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic, or call the Business Relief Hotline for assistance: (385) 468-4011.

  • Spanish: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday
  • Mandarin: 5-8 p.m. Monday, 1-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
  • Vietnamese:
    • 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Tuesday
    • Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday
    • 9 a.m.-Noon Thursday-Friday
  • Arabic: By appointment. Call to schedule.
  • ADA Liaison: Call (385) 468-4900 or email EFihaki@slco.org
Step 1: Complete Application’s Eligibility Pre-screening

What is the application pre-screening?

This first part of the application will assess if you meet initial required SBIG eligibility criteria in Round 2 and will take approximately 5 minutes. 

How do I access the application's eligibility pre-screening?

Use this link to access the application: https://slco.org/covid-19/economy/grants/.

What should I do if I don't receive an email after submitting the application's pre-screening?

Check your spam folder for an email with the name "SLCo Small Business Impact Grant Eligibility Screening'. If you do not receive this email within an hour, you can submit the screening again or call the Business Relief Hotline for assistance at (385) 468-4011.

Step 2: Complete the Application

How do I access the application?

  1. After completing the eligibility pre-screening, you will receive an email from the sender "SLCo Small Business Impact Grant Eligibility Screening"
  2. The email will say where you are eligible to apply or do not qualify.
  3. If you are eligible, the email will include a link to the main application, where you will need to create an account.
  4. After creating an account and starting an application, go to https://www.zoomgrants.com/login to log in to your account for updates and edits to your application. 

How do I create a ZoomGrants account to complete the application?

Use the email you received after completing the application's pre-screening to access the SBIG main application. You will only use this link to create your application. Click the orange "New ZoomGrants Account" button.

For detailed directions, watch our SBIG Application Tutorial Video.

What is a collaborator?

If you need someone to see or help with your application in ZoomGrants, you can add them as a collaborator. The person you add can make application changes if you give them permission. You are not required to have a collaborator. You can add someone as a collaborator on the Application Summary tab of your application, in the white Collaborators box below your Finance/Budget Contact information. For more instructions, please see ZoomGrants University: Inviting Collaborators.

How do I access my application at a later time after I created it?

Always log into ZoomGrants at https://zoomgrants.com/login. You will be taken to the My Account Home/My Applications page. Your application will be in one of the white boxes depending on if it is incomplete, submitted, approved or declined. You may need to click the appropriate box's "Show/Hide" to see your application.

Do NOT use the application creation link sent to you by email to login in. You will see a message that says "No additional applications allowed."

TIP: After clicking the "Apply" button, ZoomGrants sometimes takes a few moments to process and open your new application. Only hit the "Apply" button ONCE. If you are not taken to your created application after clicking "Apply," call the Business Relief Hotline at (385) 468-4011, and they can verify if your application was created and how to access it.

What is planned grant spending?

In the grant application, you must share how you plan to use the grant funds in order to submit a complete application for review. Your planned uses must match the total of the grant amount you are requesting. If you have questions about what grant funds can be used on in your business' plans, call the Business Relief Hotline to get one-on-one help: (385) 468-4011.

How do I know if my application is complete?

Once you have answered all the questions, finished your grant worksheet and uploaded all required documents, click the gray "Submit Now" button above and to the right of your application tabs.

If your application is incomplete, the questions you still need to finish will appear in RED. Please go back and finish them. Otherwise, your application will not be reviewed.

You will get an email from Notices@ZoomGrants.com with "Application Submitted" in the subject line. This email will also have important information about what to expect next in the application process.

Step 3: Upload Required Documentation

Applications are not processed until all required documentation is uploaded.

What documentation is required for a complete application?

Refer to the "Starting an Application" section of the FAQ for a list of required documentation.

What is a "Protected Records Request Form" and do I need to submit one?

You are not required to submit this form. Upload this form if you are electing business confidentiality for trade secrets or proprietary information provided in other documents.

What file formats can I use to upload documents?

The most common file formats that can be uploaded to ZoomGrants include: .DOC, .DOCX, .XLS, .XLSM, .XLSX, .TXT, .RTF, .WPS, .SXW, .ODT, .TAB, .CSV, .WKS, .SXC, .ODS, .PDF, .GIF, .JPG, .PNG, .JPEG, .TIF, .TIFF

How do I upload documents in ZoomGrants to complete the application?

  1. In your application, click on the Documents tab.
  2. Click the orange "Upload" button to the right of the document request you want to complete. This will open a new window. 
  3. Enter a file description (eg. bank statement).
  4. Select the type of attachment ("File Upload" to attach a file from your computer).
  5. Click the "Choose File" button.
  6. Select the file you would like to upload.
  7. Click "Open" then click the "Upload Now" button. 
  8. Close the window and repeat with the remaining document requests.
For visual directions, refer to the SBIG Application Tutorial Video.

If You're Approved for a Grant

Grant Agreement

Once approved for a grant, your business will be required to sign a contract and provide specific business information to receive your funds. These instructions will be sent in an email. Once the funds are spent, you must report how you spent the money.

How will you send the contract following approval?

If your grant is approved, you will sign your contract electronically in your ZoomGrants application. The email letting you know you have been approved will have instructions on how to access and sign the contract.

Can I make changes to the contract?

No, you cannot make changes to the contract. You can only receive the grant if you sign the contract.

Who can legally sign for the contract for my business?

The person who signs your contract must have authority to bind your organization.

Grant Payment

How do I submit my bank account and business information to receive the money?

You will receive a link to the Business Information Form in an email from ZoomGrants. Use this form to submit your payment information to Salt Lake County.

You will NOT be asked to submit business information by phone or within an email. If you would like to verify that the email link is from the SBIG program, call the Business Relief Hotline for confirmation at (385) 468-4011.

How will I receive the grant payment?

You will receive the payment by direct deposit or a mailed check, based on what you choose in the Business Information Form.

If I have done business with or received a payment from Salt Lake County before, do I need to submit my information again?

Yes. All grant recipients must complete the Business Information Form.

I lost the link to submit my business information, how do I get another link?

Call the Business Relief Hotline at (385) 468-4011.

How many payments will I receive?

You will receive one payment for the approved grant amount.

How long will it take to receive payment?

10-14 business days.

Required Grant Reporting

When must the money be spent by?

You need to spend your grant money and report on how you spent it no later than November 30, 2020.

Do I need to document how I spend the grant?

Yes, you need to document spending and submit proof through ZoomGrants by November 30, 2020, where you can upload documentation on how the funds were spent.

What type of documentation will I need to submit? 

Submit invoices and corresponding payment receipts, or other documents necessary to verify grant funds were spent on the qualified purposes listed in the application.

What is the deadline to submit my grant report?

The deadline to submit your report on how you spent grant funds is November 30, 2020.