UA&M COVID-19 Emergency Funding


Create in Utah, Phase 3 for For-Profits



The Utah State Legislature has generously provided relief funds to help arts and cultural organizations recover and re-open. Utah Arts & Museums will be distributing these funds through a competitive grants process: Create In Utah, Phase 3. This is the second half of this process specifically for for-profit entities.

Businesses and organizations must:

  • Be registered with the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code (if required)
  • Organization’s primary mission is cultural, artistic, botanical, or zoological
  • Have fewer than 250 employees
  • Claim Utah as its principal place of business
  • Have not ceased operations
  • Have not initiated bankruptcy proceedings
  • Have incurred a high level of revenue loss or been operating at a net loss due to the public health emergency related to COVID-19
  • Organization must have submitted the “expense final report” for any funds they received in Create In Utah, Phase 1 (or have a valid amendment from the state of Utah)

*Note: Government entities do not qualify.

Application Timeline:

Grant opens: Monday, August 23, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
Grant closes: Friday, August 27, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.


Apply Here
Grant Guidelines

CARES Act Reporting Requirements

Thanks to an extension from the federal government, if you need an extension on CARES Act funds that you receive, you may contact our office and we will create an amendment to your contract. We ask that you do the best that you can to abide by the original deadlines for both expending the money and reporting on the money. But the grants team understands the tremendous strain that the pandemic has caused for the cultural community, and will work to accommodate different needs.

Create In Utah, Phase 1 or 2

Each Create In Utah Grant requires two reports: a report on the expenditure of funds and a report on the project that you have accomplished. Because the two separate elements had different deadlines (12/30/20 and 6/30/21), the reports are due at different times. Each report is due within thirty days of the deadline. The first report on the expenditure of funds is available on the website.

Budget Form for Create In Utah

CARES Arts Organization Emergency Funding (through the NEA)

This is the grant process that was run in May and June. The information that we are gathering is required to report to the National Endowment for the Arts. We will be asking these questions again for your General Operating Support Interim Report. (Report due 1/31/21)

CARES and USERVE Budget Sheet

Emergency Funds Via USERVE

There were a small number of organizations that applied for funds through the USERVE Emergency grant. Utah Arts & Museums oversaw the cultural organizations that received these funds. There is a short report required for this grant. (Report due 1/31/21)

CARES and USERVE Budget Sheet


Other Funding



The Save Our Stages Act is now called Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program by the Small Business Administration (SBA), who will be administering the program. The SBA held a brief webinar (only 13 minutes in length) about the Shuttered Venue Operator Grant. Here is the link to the SBA website regarding the grant.

Create In Utah Phases 1 & 2 have closed. Here's a list of the grantees. 

Here is information about other state sources of CARES funding. Several Utah counties and cities may have CARES Act funding. Please check with your city or county to see what may be available to your organization.

Cultural organizations that do not qualify for Create In Utah funding can receive funding through Utah Arts & Museums' General Operating Support Grants.

CARES Act Revenue and Expenses Tracking Sheet: This is a template that organizations receiving CARES Act funding may find useful. It is a tool to track expenses to ensure your organization is using CARES Act funds appropriately and to ensure the same expenses are not paid more than once.