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Tier II Funding

The Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Tier II category provides funding for diverse arts, cultural, and botanical organizations not funded in Tier I, 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. Budgets range from the thousands to millions; management ranges from volunteers to paid staff; and they represent all areas of the County. Whether you prefer to be in the audience or the limelight, these organizations have something for everyone.

All Tier II-funded organizations have programs available to all Salt Lake County residents and visitors.

Link to 2024 Application will appear on March 1. 

ZAP TIER

2024 Tier II Application Open: Friday, March 1

2024 Tier II Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 30 at 5:00 PM

Review Process

Applications are carefully reviewed by the Tier II Advisory Board. The board submits funding recommendations to the County Council, which can make adjustments to the funding recommendations.
Once the County Council approves final funding decisions, ZAP Staff will invite the recommended organizations to sign contracts. Each funding cycle takes almost a full year from application submission to final payment disbursement.

Timeline

  • Application Open: Friday, March 1, 2024
  • Application Received (Deadline): Tuesday, April 29, 2024 at 5:00 PM
    • 2022 Tier II Evaluation Received (Deadline): April 30, 2024 at 5:00 PM
  • Receive additional required financial documents from applicants requesting over $15k: Friday, May 31, 2024 at 5:00 PM
  • Review by Volunteer Advisory Board: May - August 2024
  • Advisory Board Recommendations: August/September 2024
  • County Council approval: August/September 2024
  • Contracting: October - December 2024

Grants are distributed in two payments. The first payment will be received no later than January 2025. The second payment will be received no later than May 2025.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations (including auxiliary communicative aids and services or alternate formats) for individuals with disabilities may be provided upon receipt of a request with five working days’ notice.
To expedite accommodation requests and coordination, call (385) 468-7001. TTY/TDD users should call 7-1-1. If you are unable to attend, contact Samantha Mary Thermos.

HOW TO APPLY

Step 1: Determine Your Eligibility

Broadly, all organizations must meet these basic ZAP eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a 501(c)3 organization or municipal arts/cultural council
  • For funding less than $22,000 - no additional statements needed
  • For funding $22,000 or more (must have been a ZAP recipient for the past three (3) years consecutively) - various financial requirements
  • Only activities held within Salt Lake County may be funded
  • Only activities open to the public may be funded
  • Must be arts, cultural, or botanical in focus
  • Must fall within one of the established ZAP disciplines (see below)

Grants are competitive and not guaranteed year-to-year. Each category may have its own additional eligibility requirements. These can be found on each individual funding category page.

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

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

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

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

Please Note: Applicants must be funded by ZAP for at least three (3) consecutive years to apply for more than $22,000.

Step 2: Sign up for the 2024 Tier II Application Workshop

Attending a workshop is one of the best ways to help your organization create a successful application. We recommend sending your grant writer and, if possible, the individual who will be reporting on your finances and a member of your leadership.

The 2024 Tier II Application Workshops dates are TBA.

RSVP link will appear as dates are announced.

Step 3: Submit Your Application

You will submit your ZAP Tier II application through ZoomGrants.com.
First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to contact ZAP staff before creating an application, so we can help you determine your eligibility for funding and get to know your organization better.

No late applications will be accepted.

Requesting $22,000 +: The additional required financial documents must be submitted no later than Friday, May 31, 2024, or your application will not be considered for $22,000 or more and may be disqualified.

If you already have a ZoomGrants account: Open the application using the button above. In the upper right hand corner of the page, log into your existing ZoomGrants account using sign-in fields. Scroll down to the application tabs and click the "Apply Now/Start Application".

If you do not already have an account: Open the application using the button below. On the right side of the page, click the orange "New ZoomGrants Account" button. Create your account. Click the orange 'Apply' button to the right of the ZAP 2024 Tier II Application under the 'Open Programs' list.

Please note: Using the button below to access ZoomGrants after you have already started an application will create a new/duplicate application.

Step 3.5: Submit a 2022 Evaluation

If your organization was funded in 2022 within Tier II, you must submit your 2022 evaluation via ZoomGrants before Friday, April 30 at 5:00 PM in order to be considered for funding. The evaluation is available in ZoomGrants under your 2022 application. Open the application, navigate to the tab labeled 2022 Evaluation and complete the report.

If evaluations are not submitted for your organization by the due date, it cannot qualify for 2024 Tier II Funding.

Step 4: Enter into a Contract with Salt Lake County

If 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.

If 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 ZoomGrants.com.

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

The ZAP 2024 Tier II Contract Workshop recording will be available on our YouTube channel after the Contract Workshop is held.

If funded, 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.

Step 5: Set Your Program Up for Success

ZAP Press Release

ADA Compliance

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations (including auxiliary communicative aids and services or alternate formats) for individuals with disabilities may be provided upon receipt of a request with five working days’ notice.

To expedite accommodation requests and coordination, call (385) 468-7001. TTY/TDD users should call 7-1-1. If you are unable to attend, contact Samantha Mary Thermos.

Samantha Mary Thermos

ZAP Director

Phone Number (385) 468-7057

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