The residents of Salt Lake County invest public tax dollars to enhance arts, cultural and recreation throughout the County. Organizations that meet the requirements below are eligible to apply for these funds through a competitive grant application process.
The Local Arts Agency Advancement Initiative is intended to give every Salt Lake County Local Arts Agency (LAA) an opportunity to fully engage and serve their community. Through this grant, LAAs within Salt Lake County have the opportunity to hire their first paid staff. Up to $10,000 is available per year per funded organization and must be matched by the organization's municipality/township.
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The Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Program provides funding for diverse organizations in Tier II, including the local arts and cultural councils in Salt Lake County. These organizations are instrumental in providing affordable access to arts and cultural opportunities in the community. Their budgets range from $5,000 to over $4.5 million, from all volunteer to professionally managed, and from all areas of the County. They allow people to participate as both a performer and audience member in equal measure. All the organizations that receive Zoo, Arts and Parks funding in Tier II have programs that are available to all Salt Lake County residents and visitors.
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The Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Program provides funding for twenty-three large cultural organizations under Tier I. This funding is available to organizations with three-year qualifying expenditures averaging $330,900. Organizations that receive Zoo, Arts and Parks funding in Tier I enhance economic development for the entire state, have professional staff, and often serve as ambassadors to Utah. Their activities are available to all Salt Lake County residents and visitors.
The Zoo, Arts and Parks Program provides funding for up to three zoological organizations. Zoological funding should be used to build organizational capacity, fund zoological facilities, to create stability and to provide adequate predictable support. Organizations that qualify for zoological funding have headquarters and a significant presence in Salt Lake County and serves and audience of 75,000 or more persons annually.
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The criteria listed below will be used by the Recreational Facilities Advisory Board to filter and score applications. Project applications must meet the Qualifications listed below in order to be considered. The second section, Criteria for Prioritization, will be used to score the project applications. The closer a project aligns with these criteria the higher the project may score. Proposals may also receive preference for having operational and environmental efficiency. The need assessment will be the primary basis for scoring.
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