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The Utah State Capitol is pictured on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Office of Rural Development, recently announced two new grant programs, stemming from the 2019 Utah Legislative session, to serve rural organizations and businesses.

Organizations (nonprofit and divisions of higher education) and businesses in Utah’s rural communities can apply for the Rural Coworking and Innovation Center Grant and the Rural Rapid Manufacturing Grant programs. These programs were approved in the 2019 Legislative session and will enable rural communities to continue to prosper.

“These two new programs are both aimed at supporting businesses,” said Ginger Chinn, managing director for urban and rural business services at the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “Supporting and expanding businesses, while attracting new businesses, contributes to economic development in key ways. I look forward to working with our communities to use these new tools in the toolbox.”

Highlights of the grant programs include:

Rural Rapid

Manufacturing Grant

The state allocated $500,000, a one-time appropriation for this grant, beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2020. Developed by Rep. Christine Watkins and Sen. David Hinkins, the grant will assist in the establishment of laboratories designed to train students and employees, build and improve equipment and offer scholarships.

Applications will be received now until Sept.1, and projects must be completed within 18 months.

Applicants must submit an application that is reviewed and then scored.

Rural Coworking and

Innovation Center Grant

The state allocated $500,000 per fiscal year (July 1 through June 31) for this program. The Rural Online Working Hubs Grant Advisory Committee, will advise and make recommendations to the Office of Rural Development on grant awards.

This grant program, authored by Rep. Carl Albrecht and Sen. Ralph Okerlund, will assist in creating facilities that provide individuals working in rural communities with infrastructure and equipment to participate in the online workforce.

Qualifying activities include:

Construction or renovation of a facility; extending or improving utilities and broadband service connections; purchasing equipment, furniture and security systems.

To learn more about these programs visit the Office of Rural Development’s website.

About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

Under the direction of Gov. Gary R. Herbert, the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) provides resources and support for business creation, growth and recruitment, and drives increased tourism and film production in Utah. Utilizing state resources and private sector contracts, GOED administers programs in economic areas that demonstrate the highest potential for development. Learn more at or by calling (801) 538-8680.

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