About the covid-19 local assistance matching grant program

During the 2021 First Special Session, held on May 19, the legislature passed HB 1004, COVID-19 Grant Program Amendments (M. Schultz, K. Cullimore). This bill appropriated $50 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (GOPB) to create a statewide grant program for local governments to complete local and regional ARPA eligible projects. The state hopes to leverage ARPA funds by using both state and local monies on projects which will have high return on investment for residents.

To facilitate this program, GOPB is establishing an online portal through which local governments can apply to receive ARPA local match program grant funds for certain purposes related to COVID-19 recovery. Below, please find a preliminary timeline for application, submission review, and distribution of funds:

Utah has a long history of effectively managing government finances and maximizing the impact of taxpayer funds. Through this grant program, we will continue our legacy of fiscal responsibility and collaboration to ensure federal monies are spent on projects that will make the most difference for our communities.

The COVID-19 Local Assistance Matching Grant Program is open to applications from the following entities:

  • County
  • City
  • Town
  • Metro township
  • Local district
  • Special service district
 
Timeline

August 16 - September 15           Online application portal open at gopb.utah.gov/localmatch

September 15 - October 25         Application review

October 25 - October 28              Review committee evaluates applications

November 16                                 Review committee reports selections to Executive Appropriations Committee

Mid- November                              Applicants notified of project funding

November and December             Funds disbursed to local entities

 

covid-19 local assistance matching grant program REview committee
  1. Sen. Kirk Cullimore, Utah State Senate
  2. Rep. Carl Albrecht, Utah State House of Representatives
  3. Sophia DiCaro, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget
  4. Cameron Diehl, Executive Director, Utah League of Cities and Towns
  5. Brandy Grace, CEO, Utah Association of Counties
Review COMMITTEE meetings

 

Thursday, September 9, 2021
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Monday, October 25, 2021
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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Wednesday, October 27, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Thursday, October 28, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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GUIDANCE FOR local government APPLICANTS
COVID-19 Local Assistance Matching Grant Program Town hall

COVID-19 Local Assistance Matching Grant Program Town Hall

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