Iron County, Cedar City, Enoch City, and Parowan City are pleased to offer a small business grant to small businesses who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. To quality, a business must have experienced a significant financial impact as a result of the public health order issues on April 2, 2020 (or subsequent health orders). The Grant Committee will determine the amount of the grant based on a predetermined formula. Awards will be made on a first come, first served basis. CARES funding will be issued to the County and Cities in 3 tranches from the State and grants will be awarded as the funding becomes available. Applicants will receive a positive or negative award result by email within 2 weeks of determination by the Grant Committee. If a grant is awarded, an award letter with an accompanying check will be mailed to the mailing address on the application within 1-2 weeks after a determination by the Grant Committee. Once the CARES funds have been exhausted, no further grant applications will be reviewed, or awarded.
Grant Eligibility Requirements
- Business must be a registered business in Iron County or participating Cities with an active business license as of January 1, 2020. Exceptions for a home-based business which does not require a business license.
- Business must be a small business in good standing with the Utah Division of Corporations.
- Business must have incurred a documented financial loss from March 1 through the application date as a result of interruption caused by required closure as the result of the public health order, closed voluntarily to promote social distancing measures, or experienced decreased customer demand as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The amount of the financial loss must be at least equal to the grant amount awarded.
- Business must operate with less than 250 full time equivalent employees on an annual average basis. Exceptions may be made by the awarding committee.
- Business must have 2019 gross receipts of less than 3 million.
- Business cannot be a publicly traded company. Exceptions given for a franchise owner with a business that is locally owned.
- Business is expected to be fully operational after local and state emergency guidelines are rolled back.
- Businesses which have received prior funding from any Federal CARES funding program including: PP, EIDL, CARES SBA Loans, etc. will be considered in Round 2 and will be prioritized after businesses who have received no prior federally funded COVID-19 dollars.
Grant submission deadline is October 31st, 2020.
Grant Application Process
Applicants will be required to fill out application and submit documentation clearly showing financial loss incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will not be able to use any grant funds to pay property taxes or utility payment to a participating City or Iron County. Application must submit a W-9 form with the application. Recipients will be responsible for any tax implications of receiving grant revenue.
Required Financial Documentation
In order to show loss of year over year revenue during the period of the pandemic, you must provide financial documentation showing:
- Total business revenue (income, deposits) from March, April, May, June, (optional for July, August, September, October) – 2019
- Total business revenue (income, deposits) from March, April, May, June, (optional for July, August, September, October) – 2020
- (Optional) Direct COVID-19 related expenses incurred
Accepted methods of documentation are as follows:
- For REVENUE – Financial report generated by businesses financial software (i.e. QuickBooks) for the time periods stated above (OR)
- For REVENUE – Bank Statements for all of the relevant months showing business deposits (OR)
- For REVENUE – A federal tax return for the business’s 2019 Year combined with a YTD Profit and Loss
- For COVID-19 related EXPENSES – Receipts, invoices, or other proof of expense and what was purchased.
What will not be accepted:
- Hand written documents
- Computer generated spreadsheets
- Other non-verifiable information too easily created for the purpose of this grant
- Otherwise unreadable, blurry, or illegible documentation
Applications will be submitted online through the form below. Due to the first come, first served nature of the applications, applicants are strongly urged to submit packets via the online process below to ensure their place in the queue. Applications will also be accepted in paper form if mailed or otherwise delivered to:
Iron County Auditor
P.O. Box 457
68 S 100 E
Parowan, Utah 84761
July 20: Applications will be accepted online, by mail, or in person.
July 27: Grant Committee will begin meeting periodically to review applications and processing awards for Round 1 applicants.
August 27: Grant Committee will begin consideration of Round 2 applicants in addition to Round 1 applicants.
October 31: Applications will no longer be accepted.
For Grant inquiries, please contact:
Dan Jessen – Iron County Auditor
Email: [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions
Starting Monday, July 20th, businesses can apply via this website through an online application below. Since applications will be received on a first come, first served basis, we strongly encourage businesses to apply online as these applications will be received and considered sooner than applications received by mail, or in person. If you would like to preview the application, or would still like to fill it out and submit via mail or in-person, the application form can be downloaded here.