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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 with $40 million. Grants will be awarded through one-time payments up to $35,000 to eligible businesses that apply for funding.

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
  • Not have already received federal, state or local COVID-19 financial aid
  • Provide documents verifying your financial loss
  • Have operated prior to Jan. 1, 2020
  • Be primary industries impacted directly by public health order closures. Details on eligible industries can be found in the SBIG FAQ section below.

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.

Salt Lake County Logo Business Relief

Hotline

(385) 468-4011

Get assistance with your
SLCo Small Business Impact Grant application

Hotline Hours

**The Hotline will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020 to observe the Independence Day holiday**

  • 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

Application Instructions

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

SBIG 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 your industry was directly impacted by the SLCo Public Health Orders and is listed below:

    • Arts and entertainment (examples: event center, galleries, museum, theater)

    • Fitness (examples: gym, commercial swimming pool, yoga studio)

    • Food service (examples: restaurant, caterer, food truck)

    • Health and wellness (examples: treatment facility, massage therapy, spa, medical spa)

    • Independent artist or performer

    • Recreation & tourism (examples: tour companies, meeting planners, recreation equipment rental, accommodations)

    • Salon, cosmetologist, or esthetician (examples: hair salon, barbershop, nail salon, makeup/lashes)

    • Tattoo or piercing studio 

  • AND you did not receive funding through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), Utah COVID-19 Commercial Rental Assistance Program (CRAP), or other federal, state or local financial aid programs using CARES Act funds,

  • AND you can document financial loss of more than $500 between March 16 - June 16, 2020, due to the SLCo Public Health Orders.

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.

Why am I ineligible if I received PPP, EIDL, Utah COVID-19 Commercial Rental Assistance Program funding/loans, or other federal, state, or local financial aid programs using CARES Act funds?

The money used for this grant program comes from the federal CARES Act, which is the same source of funding for these other programs. The CARES Act guidelines do not allow for these funds to be used for the same purposes. 

I applied for funding through a CARES Act program but have not made a decision yet. Can I still apply for the Small Business Impact Grant?

Please wait to apply until your other application is resolved. If you are denied funding through another CARES Act program, you are eligible to apply for this grant. Those who have outstanding applications in those CARES Act-funded programs are not eligible until receiving notification of denial or withdrawal. 

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. 

Note: If a business applies for the SBIG and is approved, it may change an individual's financial circumstances. We recommend you seek counsel or legal advice if you find yourself in this situation.

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 September 30, 2020. Any remaining grant amount at that time must be returned to SLCo.

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.

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 grant.

  • What qualifies as a COVID-related expense?

    • Expenses related to business premises modifications to promote social distancing.
    • Expenses related to continuing business operations from the home or by internet.
    • Expenses related to business premises 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, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant including increased costs for utilizing these items.
    • Other expenses that are business-related and would not have been necessary if not for the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 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 is exhausted.

What happens when the grant funding runs out?

The grant program will close when 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.

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 application open, and when does it close?

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

How do I begin an application?

Applications must be completed online at slco.org/covid-19/economy/grants.

  • The first step in the application process is a pre-eligibility screening.
  • If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive an email with a link to the main application.

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.

Is the application available in other languages?

No, however translation services are available in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic by calling the Business Relief Hotline at (385) 468-4011. The hours are as follows: 

  • 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

How long will it take to complete the main application?

The application will take approximately 45 minutes to complete, although it may take longer if you need to gather documents while filling out the application.

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 June 16, 2020: You need one or more of the following

  • Documents that show business revenues during the same period of last year (March 16-June 16, 2019), including but not limited to:
    • Bank statements (preferred)
    • Deposit slips
    • Copies of customer receipts
    • Weekly or monthly cash summaries
    • Copies of journals or ledgers showing receipts
    • Income statements from independent accountant
    • Tax returns
      • annual, quarterly report 940 or 941
  • OR documents that indicate expected sales that were cancelled THIS YEAR from (March 16-June 16, 2020) including but not limited to:
    • Contracts for services that were cancelled due to closure (partial closure or complete closure)
    • For stylists, massage therapists, etc. – copies of calendars or other confirmed appointments that were cancelled and associated expected revenue
    • Accounts receivable reports from electronic accounting software.
  • OR if you cannot provide information from 2019 or expected sales from 2020, please 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 June 16, 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
  • W-9 for your business

Receipts for other COVID-related expenses: Other expenses that are business-related and would not have been necessary but for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Will submitting additional documents help my application?

No, your application will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness. You do not need to submit documents beyond the list of required documents above.

Getting Help With Your Application

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.

I am having technical issues with the application. What should I do?

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

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. 

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

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

How long will it take to complete the pre-screening part of the application?

The eligibility screening will take less than 5 minutes to complete.

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.

If you are not eligible for the SBIG

A business may not be eligible for SBIG funding because of a status that could change. For example, a business may have a pending application for other COVID-19 relief assistance (PPP, EIDL, CRAP, etc). when they first apply, but are either denied funding or chose to decline that funding and no longer have a pending application. If the status that made them ineligible changes, the business may reapply for SBIG funding.

Submit a new application
If your application for PPP, EIDL, CRAP, or other federal, state or local financial aid programs using CARES Act funds was denied, or if you declined or returned the funding, please start a new application, beginning with the eligibility pre-screening.
 
If you have trouble beginning a new application, call the Business Relief Hotline 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?

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."

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.

For detailed visual directions, refer to our SBIG Application Tutorial Video.

How will you let me know my application is officially submitted?

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.

How long will it take for my application to be processed?

It will take 7-10 days from the time you submitted your application.

How will you let me know my application is approved, denied or waitlisted?

You will get an email from Notices@zoomgrants.com letting you know that your application has been approved, denied or waitlisted. If approved, the email will include instructions on the next steps.

If you are denied for a Small Business Impact Grant

View a list of resources at Salt Lake County's COVID-19 Economic Impact & Recovery webpage.

Step 3: Upload Required Documentation

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 your funding notification email. Once the funds are spent, you must report how you spent the money.

How will you send the contract?

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.

Who do I contact for help with signing my contract?

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

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 in 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 as part of the application.

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.

What do I do if I don't receive my grant payment as expected?

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

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 Sept. 30, 2020.

Do I need to document how I spend the grant?

Yes, you need to document spending and submit proof through ZoomGrants by Sept. 30, 2020.

How do I submit proof of spending?

Submit a grant report through your ZoomGrants application by Sept. 30, 2020, which will have a place for you to upload documentation to verify how the funds were spent.

What type of documentation will I need to submit? 

Invoices, payment receipts, or other documents to verify grant funds were spent on the qualified purposes listed in the application.

What is the deadline to submit my grant report?

Sept. 30, 2020.