November 15, 2021 @ 8:00 am - January 27, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
The Small Business Employee Vaccination Grant has received $500,000 in federal CARES Act funds as part of Utah’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. It provides reimbursement to Utah small business employers that pay employees for time off to either receive a COVID-19 vaccine or recuperate should they experience side effects after their vaccination.
The grant offers employers funds to provide paid time off for employees who are otherwise not eligible for paid time off. The grant may be used for both full-time and part-time employees to:
- Receive a COVID-19 vaccine
- Recuperate after receiving the vaccination
- Take a dependent child (5-17 years old) to receive the vaccine, or
- Be the caregiver for a dependent child (5-17 years old) who needs assistance to recuperate after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
Grants will be offered to employers until December 31, 2021, or the $500,000 grant funds are encumbered.
- Less than 50 full-time Utah employees who work 40 hours or more
- One or more employees who will receive paid time off to either receive a COVID-19 vaccine or recuperate should they experience side effects after their vaccination
The employer must pay the employee for time off before December 31, 2021. Employers have until January 20, 2022, to submit applications for reimbursement.
We’ve provided this spreadsheet (Excel format) to help you calculate your grant request amount.
- Number of employees
- Hourly wage of each employee eligible for the grant reimbursement
- If wages are primarily gratuity-based, the employee’s average hourly wage, including gratuity, will be reimbursed. Go Utah will verify that the wage is consistent with the state average wage per position.
The contract maximum will be 20 hours per eligible employee.
Payment application requires a written statement from each employee that:
- They received the COVID-19 vaccine
- Date(s) of vaccination
- Hours of work that were missed
- The amount of compensation they received for paid time off
Employers have until January 20, 2022, to submit applications to Go Utah for reimbursement.
The grant amount requested cannot exceed the amount the employer paid (entire labor burden) to the employee(s) for time off related to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine or recuperating should they experience side effects after their vaccination. Any such time, and reimbursement request, cannot exceed 20 hours per employee.
The submission of a grant application does not guarantee payment. Payments are based on the availability of grant funds and the required documentation established in the contract.
The grant application process will open on November 16, 2021, at 9 a.m. (MST).
Our grant application portal requires advance registration, which takes about one day to complete. If you’ve previously applied for a Go Utah (formerly GOED) grant, you’ll use the same credentials as before. If you need to create a user account, click here.
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