Center for Rural Development
The Center for Rural Development works with Utah’s rural counties, communities and businesses, providing economic development resources. The Center is the home of the Rural Opportunity Program and assists with other programs to help local governments and businesses grow and prosper.
What is the Rural Employment Development Incentive Grant?
The Rural Employment Development Incentive (REDI) grant is designed for businesses creating new high-paying jobs in rural Utah communities. The grant may be available to businesses creating new employment positions in rural counties or in cities/towns with a population of 10,000 or less in Weber, Davis, Utah, and Washington counties.
New jobs can be remote, online, in a satellite hub/office space, or physically located in the same county as the business. Based on the employee’s work location, a business may receive up to $6,000 for each new position.
A business considering the REDI grant must apply for and receive approval through the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah) in advance of creating any new position(s).
Newly created positions:
- will be filled by full-time employees
- will exist for at least 12 consecutive months
- will pay at least 110% of the county’s average wage
- may not be within a business primarily engaged in construction, retail, staffing or public utilities
A business entity may qualify for up to $250,000 in REDI grants each year.
Potential Allocation Award Amounts:
$4,000 for each new full-time employee position in a county where the average county wage is equal to or greater than the state average wage.
$5,000 for each new full-time employee position in a county where the average county wage is between 85% and 99% of the state average wage.
$6,000 for each new full-time employee position in a county where the average county wage is less than 85% of the state average wage.