Tier I or Large Cultural Organizations
The Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Program provides funding for twenty-two large cultural organizations under Tier I. This funding is available to organizations with three-year qualifying expenditures averaging $367,200. Organizations that receive Zoo, Arts and Parks funding in Tier I enhance economic development for the entire state, have professional staff, and often serve as ambassadors to Utah. Their activities are available to all Salt Lake County residents and visitors.
The 2021 Tier I & Zoological grant application will open approximately May 2020.
Organizations funded in Tier I in 2019:
- Art Access
- Ballet West
- Discovery Gateway
- 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
- Spy Hop
- Tanner Dance
- Utah Arts Festival
- Utah Film Center
- Utah Humanities
- Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
- Utah Museum of Fine Art
- Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
The 2021 Tier I & Zoological grant application will open approximately March 2020.
They are then carefully reviewed by our Tier I Advisory Board. The board makes funding recommendations to the County Council. Once the County Council approves the funding recommendations, ZAP staff will invite the recommended organizations to sign contracts. The percentage of funding each organization receives is based on qualifying expenditures. This process takes almost a full year.
- Application Due Date: TBA 2020
- Review by Volunteer Advisory Board: TBA 2020
- Advisory Board Recommendations: TBA 2020
- County Council Approval: TBA 2020
- Contracting: TBA 2020
|Must be||501(c)3 organization|
|Minimum budget size||$367,200 (3-year average)|
|Miscellaneous||Must have main office in Salt Lake County|
|Financial requirements||3 years of audited financial statements|
|Type of organizations funded||Must be an arts, botanical, or cultural organization. See complete list of funded disciplines.|
|Funding||Based on qualifying expenditures after Advisory Board review and recommendation|
|Note: If you apply, but are not recommended for Tier I funding, you ARE eligible to apply for Tier II funding.|
Applicants should plan to attend an application workshop offered by ZAP staff annually. The workshop will give you an overview of the application, an opportunity to ask questions and a hands-on start to filling out your application.
2021 Tier I and Zoological Application Workshop
Before beginning your application, we recommend viewing the application webinar, which will be posted onto this page shortly. Our in-person workshops will be held at the Salt Lake County Government Center (2001 S State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84190), date and time TBA. Space is limited. An RSVP will be available.
Submit an Application
If your organization is eligible and you've attended an application workshop, it's time to apply for funding. The Tier I & Zoological Application open mid-spring 2020 (date TBA) must be submitted online through ZoomGrants, deadline TBA. When you first sign into ZoomGrants, please make sure you create a username and password. Once you have login information, you can begin your application.
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.
- View a Sample Contract
- Submit an event on NowPlayingUtah.com
- Send your Press Release to PRZAP@slco.org
- Invite the Tier I Advisory Board to your Events
- Invite the Elected Officials to your Events
- Contractual Media Obligations Guide
- Sign up for Direct Deposit (email form to Jenn Waterhouse)
- Sign up for the ZAP newsletter
How to Sign your Contract
A contract signing webinar will become available for the ZAP Tier I 2020 funding cycle later this year. You may review last year's contract webinar below.
Your Tier I 2018 Evaluation was submitted as part of your 2020 Application. Please contact ZAP staff if you have any questions.