The Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Program provides funding for twenty-two large cultural organizations under Tier I. This funding is available to organizations with three-year qualifying expenditures averaging $354,000. 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.
They are then carefully reviewed by our Tier I Advisory Board. The board makes funding recommendations to the County Council. Once the County Council approves the funding recommendations, ZAP staff will invite the recommended organizations to sign contracts. The percentage of funding each organization receives is based on qualifying expenditures. This process takes almost a full year.
*These dates are subject to change.
View the Tier I Advisory Board Scoring Criteria.
View the Financial Health Test Criteria.
Applicants should plan to attend an application workshop offered by ZAP staff annually. The workshop will give you an overview of the application, an opportunity to ask questions and a hands-on start to filling out your application.
Before beginning your application, we recommend viewing this application webinar (below). Our in-person workshop will be held at the Salt Lake County Government Center (2001 S State Street, Room N2-800) on April 14 from 9 AM to 11:30 AM.
RSVP for the workshop
If your organization is eligible, and you've attended an application workshop, it's time to apply for funding. The Tier I/Zoological Application will open in late March 2016 and must be submitted online through ZoomGrants by May 12, 2017 at 3:00 PM. When you first sign in to ZoomGrants, please make sure you create a username and password. Once you have login information , you can begin your application.
Apply via ZoomGrants™ - Applications due May 12 at 3 PM
Once your organization is recommended for funding, your organization must enter into a contract with Salt Lake County. Our contracts are approved by the district attorney's office.