State of Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development

Rural Rapid Manufacturing Grant Application

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Rural Rapid Manufacturing 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-4-501. The state has allocated $500,000 on a one-time appropriation for this grant, beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2020.

Grant Purpose

This grant assists in the establishment of laboratories designed to train students and employees, build and improve equipment, and offer scholarships within an industry defined under state code 63N-4-502 as “Rapid Manufacturing.”

General Information

“Rapid manufacturing” means a facility, laboratory, equipment, or process engaged in small-batch, fast delivery manufacturing.


Qualifying activities of this grant are:

·        Construction or renovation of laboratories designed to train students and employees in:

o   Clothing production

o   Engineering and computer graphics

o   Manufacturing systems

o   Textile science

·        Building and improvement of equipment to provide training and participation in rapid manufacturing

·        Training and scholarships for students and employees to participate in rapid manufacturing employment opportunities


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 institutions of higher education or non-profit companies (501(c)(3); 501(c)(4); 501(c)(5); 501(c)(6)) established within qualifying rural counties.


Qualifying Rural 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 for this grant.

Method and formula for determining grant amounts

Because grant funding is limited to $500,000, 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.  An 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 the office. Final grant awards are awarded by the executive director of GOED.

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 and the cooperation of high quality partners, including an institution of higher education; and

  • that will create new high paying employment positions in rural areas that pay at least 125% of the average wage of the community in which the employment positions will exist

 Priority criteria, as stated above, will be a feature of the application, and a focus of those who will score them.


Term of the Grant

Upon approval of final grants awarded by the executive director of GOED, the awarded entity will enter into a contractual agreement with GOED to complete its project. The term for project completion will begin from the date of application approval, and terminate after 18 consecutive months.  If a project is not completed within the allotted 12 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

Required Fields (5 points)
Entity Information

Primary Contact Information

Secondary Contact Information

Required Fields (5 points)
Non-profit Company Information

Primary Contact Information

Secondary Contact Information

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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 (15 points)

Timeline (10 points)

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Grant Funding Request