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FAQs: Park City CARES Grant Program

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Q: Who do I contact if I have more questions?

A: Regarding the application process and eligibility: Jess Bedingfield - jbedingfield@mountainland.org.

Other resources:

 

Q: If I have already received assistance from CARES funding can I apply?

A: Yes, but it has to be new/incremental spending. An applicant can’t ‘double dip.’

 

Q: Do I have to have a Park City Business License to apply?

A: Small businesses (For-Profits) need a Park City business license and to be physically located within city limits (84060). Non-profits can be physically located in 84060 or 84098, however, they must have a local business license and will need to document what percentage of the services provided are delivered to clients living in 84060.

 

Q: Where can I find regulations for CARES spending?

A: For detailed information on CARES spending regulation from the US Treasury, please visit the, 2020 Guidance for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments, or the Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

Q: If my organization is based in 84098, but serves Park City, can I apply?

A: Yes, if you are a non-profit and can document services are provided to Park City residents/clients.

 

Q: If my organization is based in Park City, but serves people outside of Park City, can I apply?

A: Yes, if you can document services are provided to Park City residents/clients.

 

Q: If I am a regional or national non-profit with a charter in Park City, can I apply?

A: Yes, if you can document services are provided to Park City residents/clients.

 

Q: Does my organization have to be open currently in order to apply?

A: No. But you need to be able to document you will be open by November 20, 2020.

 

Q: What if I am closed on November 20 for improvements, seasonal cleaning, etc.

A: If you can demonstrate closure is related to anticipated maintenance or similar preparations to be open for the winter season, you will still be eligible for consideration.

 

Q: What are the chances of being approved for a grant?

A: It depends on how many applicants there are. One goal is to reach applicants who have yet to receive other relief monies.

 

Q: Can I ask for an extension on spending funding?

A: Park City Municipal is seeking an extension from the State of Utah from November 30 to December 30. If approved, all awardees will also receive the automatic extension. It is uncertain at this time as to when/if we could receive an extension. Individual awardees cannot seek the extension for themselves since the funds were issued to Park City Municipal who must follow federal guidelines.

 

Q: When can I expect to hear back on if I have received funds?

ATimeline:

  • Friday, November 13 - PCMC final scoring and authorization of grant recipients and amounts
  • Notice of award will fall between November 13-20
  • Friday, November 20 - Checks cut/hand-delivered

 

Q: I am a Chain Store located in Park City, am I allowed to apply?

A: Yes, provided you have less than 60 full-time employees in Park City.

 

Q: Can I use grant funds to retroactively pay for items like salary reimbursement or modifications I made for health compliance orders?

A: Yes.

 

Q: What happens if I don’t use the grant funds?

A: Funds will need to be returned to the Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG) within 30 days.

 

Q: If I have already received funding from Payroll Protection Program, can I still apply for the CARES Grant?

A: Short answer – yes. Organizations may not receive federally-subsidized disaster assistance that duplicates any part of their disaster loss covered by insurance or another source, such as the Small Business Administration (SBA) programs (PPP and EIDL), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) and state programs (Commercial Rental Assistance). Applicants for the Park City CARES Grant Program must disclose any funds applied for or received from these sources or other federal and state assistance programs.

 

Q: If I spent money to adapt business operations to health protocols, can I apply regardless of revenue?

A: Yes. This grant is designed to support all local small businesses as we are keeping long-term impacts in mind. Submitting an application is encouraged.

 

Q: Do I have to receive goods/services by the November 30 deadline? Can I only include my payroll through November 30?

A: You have to be invoiced and pay the invoices by November 30. Yes, payroll from March 1–November 30, 2020 is eligible.

 

Q: Are there tax implications of receiving a grant?

A: Yes. The grant will be considered as taxable income. You should check with your accountant or be sure to personally understand all tax implications of receiving the grant. *For detailed information on CARES spending regulation from the US Treasury, please visit 2020 Guidance for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments, or the Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Q: I had to purchase fencing and signs, and special tables to help separate dining guests, is that eligible?

A: Yes. Any materials, supplies and equipment that promote social distancing and employee and customer safety (including signage, hand sanitization, and barriers) are eligible.

 

Q: I’ve purchased, or intend to purchase equipment before November 30, to expand my premise including (but not limited to) a tent or space heaters, will such items be eligible for a grant?

A: Yes.

 

Q: I’ve installed mechanical (HVAC) equipment upgrades or air purifiers to improve air quality in my facility, is that eligible?

A: Yes.

 

Q: Are grants distributed on a first-come, first-served basis?

A: No. All applications are due on or before Monday, November 9 and will be scored via ranking system.

 

Q: If a business received PPP would they still be eligible for payroll?

A: If you spent all the money received from a PPP and have further expenses beyond what you have already spent, then you’re eligible.

 

Q: Does the limit of 60 full-time employees apply to both non-profits and small businesses?

A: Yes.

 

Q: Can private nightly rentals apply for this?

A: If you can document why your business is eligible and supportive of City Council’s critical priorities you are encouraged to apply, although nightly rentals might not be at the top of our list as compared to some of the other businesses and non-profits applying.

 

Q: Are you looking for applications from non-profits who would pass funding through to others in need?

A: Non-profits with the ability to put money in the hands of individuals (rental assistance, food assistance) are encouraged to apply as such efforts would be in support of City Council's critical priorities.

 

Q: If I’ve been forced to take on additional staffing costs due to COVID-19 health guidelines and stipulations, can I use CARES grant funds to hire new staff?

A: Possibly. You would only be eligible to reimburse costs through November 30 so it is unlikely that this would provide you with the best benefit (as you may only have one payroll to reimburse). We suggest tracking down previous costs that your business may have already incurred that would be a better use of funds. 

 

Q: If we left a critical position open in our organization to save expenses, may we use grant money to help fill it?

A: Possibly. You would only be eligible to reimburse costs through November 30 so it is unlikely that this would provide you with the best benefit (as you may only have one payroll to reimburse). We suggest tracking down previous costs that your business may have already incurred that would be a better use of funds. 

 

Q: Are operating expenditures leading up to a cancelled event due to COVID-19 health orders eligible for reimbursement?

A: As long as you are able to demonstrate a need, yes.

 

Q: Is revenue replacement an eligible use of grant funding?

A: No.

 

Q: If my organization has hired 1099 employees, may I use grant funds to pay them?

A: 1099 employees would not be eligible for reimbursement as they are self-employed workers and not technically employees of the organization – hopefully you would be able to find other eligible COVID costs that are eligible so that you can supplement this cost in other ways.