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Tier I


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.


Organizations funded in Tier I for the 2023 cycle:



The 2024 Tier I & Zoological grant application will open the April 3, 2023. Please refer to the Apply tab for more information.

They are 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. Tier II Process

  1. Application Open Date: Monday, April 3, 2023
  2. Application Due Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 5:00 PM
  3. Review by Volunteer Advisory Board: June-October 2023
  4. Advisory Board Recommendations: November 2023
  5. County Council Approval: December 2023
  6. Contracting: January 2023
  7. First Payments: May 2023


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.

View the Tier I Advisory Board Scoring Criteria

View the Financial Health Test Criteria



2024 Tier I + Zoological Application Workshop

The 2024 Tier I + Zoo Application Workshop will be held on April 7, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Please RSVP using the link below.

RSVP for ZAP 2023 Tier I + Zoo Application Workshop Recording HERE

Submit an Application

APPLY HERE: ZAP 2023 Tier I + Zoo 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 must be submitted online through ZoomGrants by Wednesday, May 31 at 5:00 PM. 

Starting Your Application

You will submit your ZAP Tier I application through 

  • If you already have a ZoomGrants account: Open the link below and log into your existing ZoomGrants account in sign-in fields in the upper right-hand corner of the page.
  • If you do not already have an account: Open the application link below and click "New ZoomGrants Account" on the right-hand side to create your account. Then click the orange 'Apply' button for the ZAP 2023 Tier I Application under the 'Open Programs' list.
  • There have been some changes made to this year's application. Please be sure to read all application help text before answering.

You can only access the application for the first time through the button above.

After you have opened the application through this link and started your application, you MUST access your application through your ZoomGrants log-in ( in the future.

PLEASE NOTE: Only use this link to access the application the first time. Using this link after you have already started an application will create a new/duplicate application. You can access your existing application on the dashboard of your ZoomGrants log in.

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. 

ZAP 2022 Tier I Contract

Funding contracts for the 2022 Tier I cycle are now available on ZoomGrants to be signed. The signing deadline is January 15, 2022. 

Funded organizations are required to watch the contract webinar every year. Click the button below to navigate to the 2022 Tier I contract webinar.

ZAP 2022 Tier I Contract Webinar

Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP)
Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center  2525 Taylorsville Blvd.
Taylorsville, UT 84129
Phone: (385) 468-7058
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM