Community & Economic Development Department

COVID-19 Business Relief Resources


SMALL BUSINESS PROMOTION GRANT PROGRAM

Murray City is utilizing funding provided from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to small businesses impacted financially by COVID-19. This grant program will provide up to $5,000 in reimbursement for business advertisement (as outlined below) to qualifying Murray businesses with the intent of dispensing a total of $700,000 in CARES Act funds to local businesses. Applications are NOW OPEN and will close on Wednesday, November 11 2020.

Click on this link to apply: https://www.zoomgrants.com/zgf/MurraySBGrant

  • Business advertisement may include social media and digital promotions; direct mail; coupons; advertising space in print or online; outdoor billboards or signage; flyers, door hangers, and other printed materials; logoed T-shirts, hats, or merchandise; event sponsorships; or other legitimate marketing outreach to encourage increased sales and/or brand awareness.
  • Funds cannot include consulting, payroll, or agency licensing or operating fees.

Requirements

  1. Must have a current Murray City Business License as of January 31, 2020.
  2. Must be able to demonstrate a business interruption caused by required closures due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency totaling at least $5,000 of reduced revenue. (Evidence for this shall be submitted by the  business. For example, by comparing 2019 Q2 and 2020 Q2 or Q1 and Q2 of 2020 showing a negative financial hardship due to COVID-19).  
  3. Must be an active business (defined as having paid at least $150 in sales tax in any month in 2020). Service industries may submit a note stating that they do not remit sales tax. 
  4. Must be a small business (defined as having 95 or fewer full-time employees as identified by the IRS).
  5. Must not have received or anticipate receiving any CARES Act funds from any other program that is intended to be used for the same expenses. 
  6. Must be current on city utility payments and not be in violation of zoning and code enforcement requirements.

Restrictions

  1. Apply to Murray City by completing and submitting the online application by November 11, 2020 or while funds last.
  2. The City will determine if your business qualifies within three business days, and if so, reserve grantees $5,000 (First-come, first-serve while city grant funds are available. It is estimated that Murray will authorize approximately $700,000 for the program, assisting the first 140 qualified businesses).
  3. Grantees will need to sign a grant agreement.
  4. For reimbursement on expenses used for business promotion and advertisement, businesses will have until December 12, 2020 to make their purchases and must submit receipts to the City for reimbursement by December 17, 2020 (Receipts must be for purchases between June 1, 2020 and December 12, 2020).
  5. All receipts must be submitted to the City by December 17, 2020 for reimbursement.
  6. All grantees will be reimbursed by Murray City by December 31, 2020. 

Documents required for this Application 

  1. Completed Small Business Grant application.
  2. Document showing your sales before COVID-19 (may be a 2019 Q1 or Q2 sales tax transcript; or 2020 Q1 sales tax transcript; or any other document showing sales pre-COVID-19).
  3. A document showing your sales in the worst of the COVID-19 shutdowns (may be a 2020 Q1 or Q2 operating expenses or sales tax transcript; or any other document showing sales down during COVID).
  4. A copy of a sales tax transcript from any month/quarter in 2020 showing the payment of at least $150.00 to the Utah State Tax Commission for restaurant and retail businesses. Service industries may submit a note stating that they do not remit sales tax.
  5. A copy of your active Murray City Business License. (If you do not have this, please email pkowalski@murray.utah.gov to request a copy).
  6. Must disclose and provide evidence of any CARES Act funds received or applied for and its intended use.

If you cannot provide the required documents, you are not eligible for this grant. If there is a legitimate reason that the document(s) cannot be provided, you must email a document in its place describing why the requested document cannot be provided, or how you can show it in a different way. 

Questions?

If you have any questions about this grant opportunity, please contact our Community Development Department by calling: 

Jay Baughman at 801-270-2429 jbaughman@murray.utah.gov 

or 

Miranda Carter at 801-270-2445 micarter@murray.utah.gov.

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The Murray City Public Services Building is open to the public with social distancing precautions in place. When possible, we are encouraging business to be conducted through our website, via email, or over the phone. We are also continuing contactless document exchange and business transactions through the drop box located at our front entrance.

For more information or to schedule an appointment:

Building Division

  • 801-270-2431
  • permits@murray.utah.gov

Business Licensing

  • 801-270-2420
  • blicenses@murray.utah.gov

Planning & Zoning / Code Enforcement

  • 801-270-2420
  • planning@murray.utah.gov

Economic Development / Other

  • 801-270-2420

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Department Overview

The Community and Economic Development Department is charged with overseeing the orderly growth and development of Murray City and to enhance the welfare of the citizens in the community by providing planning and economic development efforts, which contribute to the enhancement of prosperity and bettering our community. The following are the core functions of the Department.

Community Development

  • Business Licensing - Processes all business license applications for the City and coordinates with all departments for review in this process
  • Interact with and serve customers - Provide information and assistance to all of our customers with dignity and respect, and to provide this in a timely manner
  • Current Planning - Create, manage, and implement the zoning, subdivision, and other manuals or protocols relevant to better implement the City’s General Plan; Site Plan Review and development review; solicit and manage public dialog
  • Long-Range Planning - Create and manage the General Plan for the City, including the update of appropriate implementation ordinances; Provide other long-range planning efforts that will contribute to the orderly growth and development of the community
  • Code Enforcement - Work to ensure that all uses and development in the community adheres to Municipal Code
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Programs - Management of the City’s CDBG funding and all other relevant documents and corollary actions relevant to making City and sub-recipient programs funded by CDBG dollars compliant with federal regulations and successful implementation
  • Special Projects as Assigned - By the Mayor and Murray City Council

Economic Development

  • Interact with and serve customers - Provide information and assistance to all of our customers with dignity and respect and to provide this in a timely manner
  • Economic Development - Promote and assist in community job creation, job retention, investment formation, prosperity enhancement, and quality of life protection and promotion
  • Redevelopment - In conjunction with the Redevelopment Agency of Murray City, facilitate timely and appropriate redevelopment projects in the community.
  • Other services - Provide other services including research and planning, business attraction, business retention, City coordination regarding business issues, and provide demographic information for the community

Committee Support

The Department provides staff support for the following:

  1. Community and Economic Development

    Physical Address
    4646 S. 500 W.
    Murray, UT 84123

    Phone: (801) 270-2420
    Fax: (801) 270-2414


  2. Melinda Greenwood

    Community and Economic Development Director
    Phone: (801) 270-2420