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Emergency Rental Assistance Program Education & Outreach Grant Program

Salt Lake County’s division of Housing and Community Development (“SLCoHCD”) is soliciting applications for administrative grants for the Emergency Rental Assistance Outreach Program (ERAP).

Salt Lake County recognizes that community organizations provide invaluable expertise and services that cannot be provided by government entities alone. The recently announced federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program will provide $215 million to help Utah families and individuals impacted economically by COVID-19 to pay their rent and utility bills. The Program provides flexible funding to local jurisdictions to be utilized for rental assistance, utility assistance, and other housing needs.

Salt Lake County is seeking proposals from community organizations to provide all of some of the following: community outreach, and education, and application assistance for the ERAP (collectively referred to as the Services). 

Outline of Grant Activities

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic SLCo Housing & Community Development is seeking community partners that work directly with populations who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic within Salt Lake County. 

Black and African American, Asian, LatinX, Muslim, Native American, Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, women & families, differently abled, refugee, and immigrant communities, and other Community members experiencing rental housing instability. 

Activities must include, providing outreach and education and/or application assistance to the community, as further described below (collectively referred to as the “Services”). 

Specific Outreach Activities

Organizations are invited to apply to provide either or both of these Services. 

Outreach and Education

a. Grantees will conduct outreach and education efforts to individuals experiencing housing instability within Salt Lake County, with special emphasis on individuals within the organization’s Communities.  

b. Grantees will educate their clients/communities about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, the application requirements, how to apply, guide people toward State of Utah’s application portal, and provide application assistance to Grantee’s constituency in partnership with SLCoHCD and local ERAP network.

c. Grantees may choose any education and outreach strategies they feel will best reach their intended audience, including but not limited to; virtual town halls; PSAs; radio or social media posts; etc. If a grantee is interested, SLCoHCD can work with the grantees to help select outreach strategies. 

Application Assistance 

a. Grantees must provide application assistance to community members to ensure applications are submitted correctly, with the necessary documentation, and provide follow up for constituents requiring more help and/or ADA accommodations. 

b. Work with the applicant on putting together the document they need to qualify for the eviction moratorium.

Use of Grant Funds

In a manner consistent with the applicable requirements of Section 501(a) of Division N of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, and the corresponding guidelines issued by the United States Department of the Treasury, the awarded Grantees may use grant funds to provide the Services in the following manner:   

  • Staffing (either percent of existing staff time, or costs for bringing on extra staff to conduct the outreach, education and assistance, indirect costs are not eligible expenses under this grant, but there may be funding available to cover those expenses) 
  • Operational expenses for the proposed program (computers, telephones, facility rental, etc.) 
  • Outreach, Education, and Application efforts as described above  

Program term ends on December 31, 2021. 

Requirements and Eligibility: Organizations must be registered as a nonprofit by the state of Utah, operate within Salt Lake County and serve Salt Lake County residents. 

Applications must include a program description, budget, and requested amount of funding. 

Reporting requirements: Monthly reports to Salt Lake County, through an online SmartSheets portal. Reporting metrics will include narrative of education/outreach program and number of ERAP trainings/webinars facilitated. Additionally, grantee’s will be required to report names, addresses, race, ethnicity, gender, and household size of applicants, as well as itemized expenditure reports.   

Please contact Lauren Littlefield at llittlefield@slco.org or by phone (385) 468-4944 with questions. 

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Community Outreach and Education Grant FAQ

1. When is the application open?
Application opens on March 3 at noon and closes at 5 P.M. March 17 
2. Where can I find the application?
3. What can grant funds be used for?
  1. Administrative expenses and Staff salaries
  2. Operational expenses
  3. Outreach expenses, including small paid media campaigns
  4. More specific info on RFA
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4. What are the eligibility criteria?
  1. Based in Salt Lake County
  2. Registered as a non-profit in the State of Utah
  3. Be in one of the communities below that has been impacted by COVID-19
    • Black/African American
    • LatinX
    • Women, Children & families
    • Pacific Islander
    • LGBTQ+
    • Asian
    • Muslim
    • Native American
    • Immigrant & Refugee populations
    • Communities experience housing instability
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5. Are there restrictions or expectations for spending and reporting?
Organizations cannot use funds for projects previously budgeted by the organization or for revenue replacement. A full list of restrictions can be found in the application.
6. How long will it take to receive approval?
A decision on application approvals is expected (and will be communicated to applicants) by March 26
7. What are the reporting requirements?
Monthly reports to Salt Lake County, through an online SmartSheets portal. Reporting metrics will include narrative of education/outreach program and number of ERAP trainings/webinars facilitated. Additionally, grantee’s will be required to report names, addresses, race, ethnicity, gender, and household size of applicants, as well as itemized expenditure reports.  
8. How much can I apply for?
Grant amounts will be determined based on projected budgets and determined by community need and available budget.
9. How much money is available?
There is no aggregate amount set, and decisions will be made based on community need and available budget.
10. Our organization needs assistance. Who can I contact?
For questions about the Program and application, email llittlefield@slco.org or call 385-468-4944

ERAP Application Assistance Training for Providers