Uintah County Vernal City Naples City Ballard City

Small Business Economic Recovery Grant

June 2020

Uintah County, Vernal City, Naples City, and Ballard City are pleased to provide small business grants in an effort to assist businesses throughout the COVID-19 hardship. Small businesses are critical to the success of our Basin's economy. The funds originate from the CARES Act approved by Congress and passed through the Utah Governor's Office of Management and Budget.

To qualify, businesses must have experienced a significant impact as a result of the Public Health Order on April 2, 2020 (or subsequent health orders). The business must have a business presence in Uintah County that was financially impacted due to a health order associated with the COVID pandemic.

Grant Eligibility Requirements

ALL must apply

  1. Entity must be a registered business in Uintah County with a business license as of April 1, 2020. Exception for a home business that does not require a business license and faith-based organizations.
  2. Entity must be a For-profit or Not-for-profit business in good standing with the Utah Division of Corporations
  3. Business must be current on property taxes through April 1, 2020, if the business owns property.
  4. Business must have incurred a business loss from April 1 through June 30, 2020 as a result of interruption caused by required closure as a result of the public health order, voluntarily closure to promote social distancing measures, or decreased customer demand as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  5. Business incurred business expenses from April 1 to June 30, 2020, in the amount at least totaling the requested grant amount ($1,000 to $10,000). Regular business expenses include, but not limited to, utilities, rent, payroll, payroll taxes, employee health benefits, insurance, improvements to business to encourage social distancing and the purchase of PPE.
  6. Business must operate with less than 500 employees.
  7. Business is not a publicly traded company. Exception given for a franchise owner with a business that is locally owned.

Grant Funding Preferences

The selection committee will review the submitted applications to determine recipients and grant amount. The following preferences will be a factor in those determinations and are listed in order of priority.

  1. Business experienced interruption caused by required closure (examples: dine-in restaurants, health club, gymnastics or dance studio)
  2. Business experienced interruption caused by decreased customer demand as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency (example: hotel)
  3. Business experienced interruption caused by voluntary closure or partial closure to promote social distancing measures (example: retail store)
  4. Business made efforts to comply with the public health orders from the State of Utah and Tri-County Health Department
  5. Priority will be given to business with higher percentage of business losses attributed to public health orders
  6. Preference will be given to a business that has not received other recovery grant funding
  7. Priority will be given to businesses with higher business losses attributed to the public health orders

Grant Request

$1,000 to $10,000

To complete this application, you will need the following information available:

  1. EIN or SSN number
  2. Information to complete a W-9 form
  3. Estimated gross business revenue from April 1 to June 30, 2019
  4. Estimated gross business revenue from April 1 to June 30, 2020
  5. Estimated monthly business expenses from April 1 to June 30, 2020 for expenses such as lease, utilities, payroll, health benefits, insurance
  6. Amount of grant funds received from other economic recovery grants during the past three months such as EIDL funds, PPP and State recovery grant

Grant Submission Deadline

Tuesday, July 21, 2020; 5pm MST

Applicant must submit a W-9 form as part of this application. The grant award is likely taxable and reported as income by the awarding entity.

Applications can be submitted online or will be accepted by email or mail to Sylvia Wilkins, Uintah County Economic Department. Online grant submissions are strongly preferred. A PDF version of the application is available here.

Applications will be reviewed by representatives of each local government entity and other financial professionals. Grant awards will be from $1,000 to $10,000 based on the preferences listed in the application, number of applications received and grant funding available.

Anticipated Schedule

July 21
Round 1 grant application due by 5pm MST
July 27
Starting of Round 1 grant awards and release funds

It is anticipated that a second round of funding will be available in August after the State of Utah releases additional recovery funds to local governments. The grant award amount and recipient business name are subject to public record laws.

The grant applications will be reviewed by the committee after the July 21 submission date. This is not a first-come first-serve grant opportunity.

Contact us if you need assistance

Laura Chynoweth, grants consultant



Sylvia Wilkins, Uintah County Economic Development



152 East 100 North
Vernal, Utah 84078

Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce


134 W Main St
Vernal, Utah 84078

Applications are currently closed