Tier I and Zoological recommendations for 2017 are approved.
Posted By Salt Lake County ZAP
December 13, 2016
In the year 2017, 22 arts and culture organizations will be funded in Tier I —the largest funding category in Salt Lake County’s Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Program.
ZAP will also fund three organizations 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 170 arts and cultural organizations. It also supports over 30 parks and recreation facilities.
These organizations enhance Salt Lake County resident and visitor experiences. Mayor Ben McAdams says,
“County residents and their families value the opportunity to participate in arts and cultural events and how they enrich their lives. With their strong support of our Zoo, Arts and Parks program, we’ll continue to be a place where audiences, performers, artists and volunteers come together with impressive results and memorable experiences.”
In the past year, Tier I and Zoological organizations spent more than $77.3 million in Salt Lake County and offered over 1.2 million free admissions.
Directed by state statute and county policies, ZAP’s Tier I category can fund up to 22 organizations whose qualifying expenditures are over $335,700. The Tier I Advisory Board is committed to a fair process that decides which organizations will receive Tier I funding. Victoria Bourns, ZAP Program Director, stated:
“Our advisory board spends many hours reading applications, conducting site visits and discussing the strengths and challenges that each organization faces. They work diligently to provide recommendations to the Salt Lake County Council. Salt Lake County is dedicated to assisting these organizations, and the ZAP Program believes each organization that applies for Tier I funding is worthy of public support.”
Organizations that don’t receive funding in Tier I 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.
Funded Tier I Organizations:
- Art Access
- Ballet West
- Discovery Gateway
- Hale Centre Theatre
- Natural History Museum of Utah
- Pioneer Theatre Company
- Red Butte Garden
- Repertory Dance Theatre
- Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
- Salt Lake Acting Company
- Salt Lake Arts Council
- Salt Lake Film Society
- Spy Hop
- Tanner Dance
- Utah Arts Festival
- Utah Film Center
- Preservation Utah (formerly Utah Heritage Foundation)
- Utah Humanities
- 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
- Tracy Aviary
Check out The Salt Lake Tribune's article.