Community Match Grant Program

NOTE: The EDCUtah Match Grant Program is currently being revised to better serve you. We will notify investors when the new application is available in summer 2017.

The EDCUtah Match Grant Program is a statewide initiative that allocates funding in support of specific economic development efforts for the public sector and other non-profit organizations throughout the state of Utah. 

Since the program's inception in 1989, EDCUtah has awarded more than $1.2M to communities and organizations in all 29 of Utah's counties. 

The program offers match grants in three areas:

  • Marketing Match Grants help Utah's communities market themselves as attractive sites for business and economic development. Projects include direct marketing materials, as well as planning process/research projects that are directly applicable to recruitment strategies and website development and redesign. Funds may also be used for the preparation of potential SURE Sites properties, i.e. completion of environmental and geo-technical studies, infrastructure assessments and other preparatory analysis. Maximum reimbursement is $5,000.

  • Sponsorship Match Grants assist communities and regions of the state with economic development events. Projects include economic development events and selection is based on the quality of the event, how well the event addresses an economic need in the community and audience. Special consideration is given to projects that provide exposure for economic development and incorporate interface among economic development partners. Maximum reimbursement is $2,000.

  • Professional Development Match Grants enhance the professionalism and expertise of economic developers in Utah. Eligible courses are sponsored by the International Economic Development Council. Other courses may be considered, which demonstrate a resource for the tools necessary to the economic development profession. Maximum reimbursement is $800.

The public sector applies for the Community Match Grant annually in January and February. The grant committee approves all eligible projects within the limits of the grant budget.

Projects must be completed within one year of April 1. 


Completed Match Grant projects include:

  • Beaver County and Gunnison City each received $3,000 to develop an economic development strategic plan.

  • Brigham City received $5,000 for development and promotion of a brand for downtown Brigham City that will be complimentary with the efforts being conducted by the "Rourism Initiative"  of the Utah Office of Tourism. The challenge is to identify a brand and strategy unique to Brigham City that is in harmony with the county's results.

  • Composites and Aerospace of Northern Utah (CANU) was awarded a regional match grant for $7,250 to produce marketing materials, develop a website, and host a site selector familiarization tour.

  • Layton City received $3,000 to conduct a Phase I and Phase II Environmental Sites Assessment on properties directly across from the Layton FrontRunner stations. The acquisition of these properties is the final barrier to creating cross access from the train station and the redevelopment of the adjacent 16.25 acres.

  • Pleasant View City received $3,000 perform a retail leakage study that will identify the gaps or underserved sector of the commercial businesses. This will assist the city in identifying what kinds of businesses should be sought and the best marketing strategies to attract those identified businesses.

Mountain America Credit Union is a co-sponsor for the Community Match Grant program.

Contact Max Backlund for more information.