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 March 24 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: May 29 2020 at 5pm
- Review by Volunteer Advisory Board: June-October 2020
- Advisory Board Recommendations: November 2020
- County Council Approval: December 2020
- Contracting: January 2021
|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 highly recommend viewing the Application Webinar, which will be posted onto this website early April. Please return to this page (or sign up for the ZAP newsletter) for more information.
Staff will be send information regarding the availability of workshops in April.
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 will open March 24 2020 and must be submitted online through ZoomGrants, by May 29th at 5 pm. 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
ZAP 2020 Tier I Contract
Funding contracts for the 2020 Tier I cycle are now available on ZoomGrants to be signed. The signing deadline is March 6 2020.
Funded organizations are required to watch the contract webinar every year. Click the button below to navigate to the 2020 Tier I contract webinar.