is administered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Office
of Rural Development (ORD) in accordance with state code 63N-4-503. An advisory committee of seven members is formed under 63N-4-505. It is
known as the Rural Online Working Hubs Grant Advisory Committee. The Committee
shall advise and make recommendations to the office regarding the awarding of
This is a second-round grant offering for FY 2021. The overall amount of funding available in this round is $500,000. Applications will be received from February 1, 2021 to April 1, 2021. Awards will be announced by May 1, 2021.
This grant assists in the creation of facilities designed
to provide individuals working within designated rural areas with the infrastructure
and equipment to participate in the online workforce.
activities of this grant are:
Construction or renovating of a facility to
create a Co-working and Innovation Center
Extending and/or improving utilities and
broadband service connections to a Co-working and Innovation Center
Purchasing equipment, furniture, and security
systems as part of a Co-working and Innovation Center
Under this grant, any of these qualifying activities is considered
a “project” and will be referred to as such throughout the application and the
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entities for this grant include counties, cities, institutions of higher education,
or private companies (including non-profit organizations of 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), 501(c)(6) classification) that are within a defined county designated as a "Rural Area."
“Rural Area” Counties are:
Beaver, Box Elder, Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield,
Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Morgan, Piute, Rich, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier,
Uintah, Wasatch, Wayne
Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Summit, Tooele, Utah, Washington, Weber
Only one application per qualifying entity will be considered per
formula for determining grant amounts
Because overall grant
funding is limited per fiscal year, applicants with the best
proposals for the use of funds will receive an award. Applications will be subject to scoring,
ranking, and rating in order to determine final award allocations. Application alone does not guarantee an
award. Application scoring may determine
grant funding amounts, e.g. a formula of points scored may be calculated as a
percentage of overall funds available, or any other method deemed fair and
equitable by the Rural Online Working Hubs Grant Advisory Committee. Final grant
awards are awarded by the executive director of GOED, after consultation with
the Advisory Committee.
Priority will be
given to applicants:
who will serve underprivileged or under-served communities, including communities
with high unemployment and/or low median incomes (compared to State of Utah
where an applicant demonstrates comprehensive planning of a project, but
has limited access to financial resources, including financial resources from
local or county government
that maximize economic development opportunities in collaboration with
the economic development needs or plans of an educational institution, a
county, and a municipality
Priority criteria, as stated above, will be a
feature of the application, and a focus of those who will score them.
Grant Fixed Criteria
A grant will only be
awarded if an applicant:
Agrees to provide any combination of funds, land, buildings, or in-kind
work in the amount equal to at least 25% of the grant (this will be known as a
Agrees not to use grant money for ongoing operation or maintenance
of a Co-working and Innovation Center
Term of the Grant
Upon approval of
final grants awarded by the executive director of GOED, after consultation with
the Advisory Committee, the awarded entity will enter into a contractual agreement
with GOED to complete its project. The term for projects completion will begin from the date of approval and terminate after 18 consecutive months. If a project is not completed within the allotted 18 month period, the contract will become null and void.
Full Information and Instruction for this grant are found here. Please review them before proceeding to the application.