Utah small business grantsIf you have been in service all your life, it is hard for you to understand the plight of a small business owner as he struggles to make ends meet during the initial phase of his startup. Not only does he have to pay salary of the staff on time and pay his utility bills on time, he has to ensure that his machines are not idle and he arranges raw material for the employees to keep them working. It is in this scenario that one can understand the importance of small business grants in Utah.

Business grant is a source of money that is very attractive for a person planning to start a business or to an existing business owner. This is because a grant is unlike loan from a bank that has to be repaid in the shape of EMI. Whether it is a business grant or money from a friend or relative, for a business owner any capital source is welcome as it increases his chances of survival. However, there is this added attraction of no strings attached money coming from a government institution that makes small business grants in Utah the most sought after by the entrepreneurs of the state.

Grants are mostly in preferred sectors of the economy

One has to understand that government cannot give a grant to someone opening a restaurant in the middle of the city as this type of venture does not in any way help the economy or create employment in the desired sector of economy. On the other hand, farming, reusable energy sources, cottage industries, poultry etc remain some sectors of economy where the government readily provides help and assistance in the form of small business grants in Utah.

If you belong to a minority group in the population or you happen to be a woman, you stand a better chance to get a government grant to start a business in the list of preferred businesses. Government has an office of Economic development that tries to let business owners know how best to qualify for a government grant. At present, businesses in the rural sector that have been operating for over a year and paying its employees above median salary are being singled out for business grants. Another area where businesses are likely to get a grant easily is renewable energy.

Official information on the latest grants in Utah


Utah Statewide Abandoned Mine Reclamation Project

Department of interior logoDate for applicants: Jun 22, 2012 – Jul 23, 2012
Estimated Total Program Funding: $10,000,000
Award Ceiling: $1,090,600
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Agency Name: Bureau of Land Management
Contact Person: Maria Gochis 801-539-4178


PPHF 2012: REACH: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health financed solely by 2012 Prevention and Public Health Funds

health logoDate for applicants: Jun 21, 2012 – Aug 07, 2012
Award Ceiling: $4,000,000
Award Floor: $2,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Category of Funding Activity: Health
Agency Name: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Contact Person: General Submission Inquiries 770-488-2700


Heat Flow and Change Detection of Hydrothermal Features in Yellowstone NP

Department of interior logoDate for applicants: Jun 22, 2012 – Jun 27, 2012  
Estimated Total Program Funding: $105,000
Award Ceiling: $0
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Agency Name: National Park Service
Contact Person: Kelly Adams 303-969-2392


Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Grantee – Utah

health logoDate for applicants: Apr 20, 2012 – Jul 18, 2012
Award Ceiling: $4,745,062
Award Floor: $4,745,062
Expected Number of Awards: 2
Category of Funding Activity: Income Security and Social Services
Agency Name: Administration for Children and Families
Contact Person: ACF Applications Help Desk app_support@acf.hhs.gov


Youth Program -BLM-UT Youth Initiative FY2012

Department of interior logoDate for applicants: Feb 24, 2012 – Jun 30, 2012 
Estimated Total Program Funding: $323,000
Award Ceiling: $100,000
Expected Number of Awards: 20
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Agency Name: Bureau of Land Management
Contact Person: Maria Gochis 801-539-4178


It is in the interest of the government to distribute business grants

There are no specific small business grants from the state government, and most of the grants that are finally distributed among eligible candidates are from the funds provided by the federal government to encourage entrepreneurs in priority sectors of the economy. It is no secret that during the worst economic recession 2008, it was the performance of small businesses all over the country that led to a revival and finally brought the economy on tracks. Even the government realizes the importance of small business grants to motivate and encourage small business entrepreneurs to push the wheels of economy.


Application guidelines and other resources

Cedar City Small Business Development Center
77 North Main Street, Cedar City, UT
(435) 865-7707 ‎ · utahsbdc.org

Mountain West Small Business
2595 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City, UT
(801) 474-3232 ‎ · mwsbf.com

A New Leaf Small Business Services
6473 Mt Whitney Ln, West Valley City, UT
(801) 696-4622 ‎ · yolasite.com

Orem Small Business Development Center
84058, West 1250 South, Orem, UT

Premiere Management Associates, Inc.
7414 South 4950 West, West Jordan, UT
(801) 280-4276 ‎ · globalpma.com

Small Business Connections
12401 S 450 E # B2, Draper, UT
(801) 571-2521 ‎ · utahsbc.com

Small Business Connection Plus Inc.
1410 North Hill Field Road #6, Layton, UT
(801) 663-5624 ‎ · sbcp.biz