Grantsville City is now accepting grant applications from small businesses of less than 50 employees located in the City to help them get through hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grantsville City Council approved a CARES Small Business Grant Program at its meeting Wednesday night.
Mayor Brent Marshall said the program is similar to those established by Tooele City and Tooele County.
Businesses are eligible for grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 and must submit applications by Sept. 30.
“There has been a tremendous amount of work done to set up this program for businesses affected by COVID-19,” the mayor said. “It’s a great program to help businesses that have suffered the most like beauty shops, barber shops, fast food, service stations and others.”
Information and applications about the program can be found on the City’s website at grantsvilleut.gov./gcc/
The City is expected to receive about $300,000 to help small businesses, said Finance Director Sherrie Broadbent. She said a committee will score the applications and the grants will be approved by the Council.
The funds originate from the CARES Act fund approved by Congress and passed through the Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.
Funds will be disbursed until the funds are exhausted. Due to the anticipated number of submissions and limited funding, applications will be ranked based on predetermined priorities.
A business must be a registered business in Grantsville City with an active business license as of April I, 2019.
Business must be current on property taxes through April I, 2020, if the business owns property or the owner’s residence for a home business.
Business incurred a financial loss or business expenses related to COVID-19 of at least $1,000 between April I and June 30, 2020.
Business must operate with less than 50 full-time employees. Full-time employee means full-time equivalent, part-time employees may be converted to full-time equivalent. Business is not a publicly traded company. Exception given for a franchise owner with a business that is locally owned.
Business must be located in Grantsville city.
Business must be open, or plan to reopen, as of the date of application submission.
Incomplete applications will not be eligible.
In other business, the Council approved a resolution to extend a proclamation of emergency through Jan. 31, 2021.The proclamation helps the City become eligible if federal relief money becomes available.
The resolution states that the COVID-19 epidemic continues nationwide and poses a clear and present danger to Grantsville City residents and businesses, and that extending the duration of the local emergency is in the best interest of the public’s health, safety and general welfare.