SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT – In 2018, 22 arts and culture organizations will be funded in Salt Lake County’s Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Tier I Program – the largest funding category. Three organizations will also be funded in its Zoological category: Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Tracy Aviary and The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.
ZAP is a grant-making program that partially funds over 190 Salt Lake County arts and cultural organizations. It also supports over 30 parks and recreation facilities.
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said, "The arts, cultural events and the parks and trails in our county support the excellent quality of life enjoyed by residents. ZAP is the result of a community that cares about making family memories and enjoying time together with friends. I’m grateful to our citizens who have chosen to support and take advantage of everything ZAP has to offer.
Each of the selected Tier I and Zoological organizations goes through a rigorous application process to demonstrate their positive impact on Salt Lake County and how they enhance resident and visitor experiences. In the past year, Tier I and Zoological organizations spent more than $88.2 million in Salt Lake County and offered 1.2 million free admissions.
Jena Woodbury, Executive Director for Tier I recipient Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, has seen the impact this funding has on their own work. "The support we have received from ZAP has enabled us to maintain reasonable ticket prices, create new outreach activities, commission new dances, provide free events, and develop community partnerships within the county."
Directed by state statute and county policies, ZAP can fund up to 22 Tier I organizations and 3 Zoological organizations whose qualifying expenditures are over $354,000. The Tier I Advisory Board is committed to a fair process that decides which organizations will receive Tier I and Zoological funding.
Organizations that do not receive funding in Tier I or Zoological are eligible to receive funding in ZAP’s Tier II category.
The grants ZAP distributes come from sales tax. One penny of every 10 dollars spent in Salt Lake County is set aside for this cause. ZAP was renewed by nearly 77% of Salt Lake County voters in 2014.
2018 Tier I and Zoological applicants reported an astounding breadth of work, which includes:
Funded Tier I Organizations:
- Salt Lake County resident attendance totaled more than 3.9 million
- 5,719 volunteers utilized
- 2,326 full and part-time jobs provided
- 1.2 million free admissions an
- $88.2 million in expenses - that's all money pumping back into our local economy!
Hale Centre Theatre
Natural History Museum of Utah
Pioneer Theatre Company
Preservation Utah (formerly Utah Heritage Foundation)
Red Butte Garden
Repertory Dance Theatre
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
Salt Lake Acting Company
Salt Lake Arts Council
Salt Lake Film Society
Utah Arts Festival
Utah Film Center
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Utah Museum of Fine Art
Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
Funded Zoological Organizations:
Utah’s Hogle Zoo
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium