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Tier II


Tier II: Small Arts, Cultural and Botanical Organizations and Those Not Funded in Tier I

Excellence in the Community

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.


2020 ZAP Tier II application will open January 2020.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications are carefully reviewed by the Tier II Advisory Board. The board submits funding recommendations to the County Council, who can make adjustments to the funding recommendations. Once the County Council approves their final funding decisions, ZAP Staff will invite the recommended organizations to sign contracts. This process takes almost a full year.  

Tier II Process

  1. Application Received: TBA 2020
  2. Review by Volunteer Advisory Board: TBA 2020
  3. Advisory Board Recommendations: TBA 2020
  4. County Council approval: TBA 2020
  5. Contracting: TBA 2020

Grants are distributed in two payments. The first payment will be received no later than January 2021. The second payment will be received no later than May 2021. 


Be sure you meet the eligibility requirements listed below:

 Must be   501(c)3 organization or municipal arts/cultural council
 Minimum budget size  Not applicable
 Miscellaneous  History discipline included
 Financial requirements
  •  For funding $15,000 or less = no additional statements needed
  •  For funding over $15,000 = various financial requirements
 Type of organizations funded  Must be an arts, botanical, or cultural organization. See complete list of funded disciplines.
 Funding  Based on Advisory Board review and recommendation

The Tier II Advisory Board scores all applications on the following criteria:

  • Artistic/Cultural Vibrancy
  • Public Benefit and Outreach
  • Organizational Capacity

Please Note: Tier II applicants may apply and qualify for over $15,000 only after the organization has received ZAP funding (in either Tier I or Tier II) for three (3) consecutive years.

2019 Application Scoring Criteria

Financial Health Test Criteria


2020 Tier II Application Workshops

Application Workshops for 2020 Tier II Application TBA.

The best way to submit a successful application is to attend a ZAP-hosted Application Workshop. These workshops are offered every year, and will provide applicants an overview of the application and an opportunity to ask questions that will assist you with your application.

If you are unable to attend an in-person workshop, please return to this page to view the 2020 Tier II Application Webinar before beginning your application.

Schedule a Personal ZAP Office Hours session

Office Hours for 2020 Tier II Application TBA.

For individualized, hands-on help with your application, schedule a 30-minute Office Hours session with ZAP staff. To set up an Office Hours session, please contact Jenn Waterhouse, Program Coordinator.

Examples of Strong Previous Applications

First Time Applicants

If you are applying for ZAP funding for the very first time, please contact ZAP staff so that we can help you determine your eligibility for funding and get to know your organization better.

Eligibility requirements can be reviewed in the Eligibility tab of this page.

Submit an Application

The ZAP Tier II 2020 Application will open January 2020.

If your organization is eligible and you've attended an application workshop, it's time to apply for funding. No late applications will be accepted. For application requests over $15,000, the required financial documents must be submitted no later than May 10, 2019, or your application will not be considered for more than $15,000 and may be disqualified.

Contractual Obligations

Resources for 2019 Contractual Obligations:

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. Your contract must be signed online on

The person signing your organization's contract MUST either attend a contract workshop or watch the contract webinar. This is required.

2019 Contract Workshops

ZAP will hold two 2019 contract workshops:

  • Wednesday, September 25 at 11am- Online workshop
  • Friday, October 4 at 10am- In-person workshop at the Salt Lake County Government Center

You must RSVP to attend.

RSVP for the contract workshops HERE

2019 Contract Webinar

Below you will find the ZAP 2019 Tier II Contract Webinar recording from September 25th. It is mandatory that the signer of your contract watch this video, and we strongly recommend that anyone involved with your ZAP funds or marketing your ZAP programming watch it as well.

This webinar recording will go over contract obligations, as well as how to sign your contract. Please contact ZAP staff if you have any further questions.

Submit a 2018 Evaluation

Did your organization receive ZAP funding in 2018? Submit an evaluation by March 27, 2020. The evaluation is available in ZoomGrants under your 2018 application. Open the application, navigate to the tab labeled 2018 Evaluation and complete the report. 

If evaluations are not submitted for your organization by the due date, it cannot qualify for future funding. 

Submit Evaluation via ZoomGrants™