On August 28, 2018, Salt Lake County Council unanimously approved $2.2 million of funding recommended by Salt Lake County’s ZAP Tier II Advisory Board for local arts and cultural nonprofits. The nonprofit grant recipients represent a wide range of disciplines, including community symphonies, historical museums, dance companies, visual arts programs, theatre companies, art and ethnic festivals, natural history organizations, folk arts groups, botanical gardens, and more. Recipient organizations span every district in the County.
$2.2 million in approved grant funding
for the 2018 funding cycle is split between 183 organizations. 20 of these
organizations are brand new to ZAP this year. This 7% increase in applicants
beats out 2017 as the highest number to date, meaning the ZAP program is
providing more support to growing arts and cultural organizations each year
thanks to tax payer support.
year’s applications from ZAP grantees show these dollars being put to
incredible use. “With ZAP funding we serve people who primarily are not served
by other performing arts projects. Heart & Soul brings over 900 live
concerts each year to Salt Lake County residents.” said Janna Lauer of Heart
& Soul, a Salt Lake County nonprofit that brings live local music and
performances to disadvantaged, marginalized, and isolated individuals. These performances
represent a small (but vital) fraction of county residents reached through ZAP
from the remarkable range of work include:
- 18,433 events provided (a 34% increase from last year)
- 2.9 million attendees/participants
- 1.7 million free admissions to events and programs
- 35% increase in full and part-time jobs provided (1479 to 2009
- 46,683 contracted positions, from artists to photographers to
scientists and more
- 30,426 volunteers
For many arts and cultural organizations, ZAP funding represents
integral community support for their organizations. “ZAP provides critical
funding to…encourage residents to engage with their neighbors through art
events.” shared Sheryl Gillian, executive director of the Holladay Arts
Council. Their Recent Crossing Paths
project by local artist Jim McGee pulled residents from all over Holladay to
their City Hall during its month-long showcase.
Over 400 hours were spent by the ZAP Tier II Advisory Board in
carefully reviewing applications, plus another 30 hours discussing, scoring,
and determining funding amounts. $3.4 million was requested by 187 total
applicants, and through this diligent review process the Advisory Board
determined the $2.2 million in funding approved by County Council on Tuesday.
With funding recommendations now approved, the 2018 Tier II application process is now complete. Organizations funded in Tier II can expect to receive funding in two installments in January and May of 2019.
Applications for 2019 will open in January.
Want to learn more?
1. View acomplete list of funded organizations.
2. Learn more abouthow to apply for ZAP funds.