State of Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development

Rural Co-working and Innovation Center Grant Application

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Rural Co-working and Innovation Center Grant


This Grant is administered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Office of Rural Development (ORD) in accordance with state code 63N-4-503. The state has allocated $500,000 per fiscal year (July 1 through June 31st) for this grant. 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 grants.


Grant Purpose

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.


General Information

Qualifying 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 contract.


Who may apply for this Grant?

Qualifying entities for this grant include a county, city, institution of higher education, or a private company that is within a defined county designated as a “Rural Area.”

 

Qualifying “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


Non-qualifying Counties are:

Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Summit, Tooele, Utah, Washington, Weber


Only one application per qualifying entity will be considered per application cycle.


Method and formula for determining grant amounts

Because overall grant funding is limited to $500,000 in each 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.


Application Priority

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 averages)

  • 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 “matching contribution”)

  • 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.


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Applying Entity Type

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Supporting Documentation (10 points)







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Entity History and Qualifications (5 points)

Project Design (20 points)

Scope of Work (20 points)

Deliverables and Outcomes (20 points)

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Budget (10 points)


Timeline (10 points)


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Grant Funding Request