After three successful years the Small Business Air Assist Program will be wrapping up on June 30, 2017. This program was created by the Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS), the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR). The goal is to support small business owners as they make business process improvements to reduce emissions and improve air quality. Because the cost of making these air-friendly changes can be overwhelming, the Air Assist Program was created to help ease this financial burden and save jobs.
The Air Assist Program is a 50-50 match and can give a business up to $15,000. The funding must be used for the purchase and installation of supplies and equipment that are part of how a business operates. These funds cannot be used to finance energy efficient lighting, heating or cooling projects. The changes can be done to comply with an air quality rule or because the business owner simply wants to reduce emissions and improve air quality.
The Air Assist Program offers funding to small businesses, with fewer than 100 employees, in Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Duchesne, Tooele, Salt Lake, Uintah, Utah, Washington, and Weber counties. A variety of companies have received funding from the Air Assist Program, including auto body shops, landscaping companies, coffee roasters, and even cabinet makers. The Air Assist request form is simple, funding is non-competitive and there is no deadline to apply. The Air Assist Program has received funding through June 2017, so there is plenty of time to complete a project. The staff is happy to talk with you about the program, answer your questions and even help you complete the form.
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