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Tier II


Tier II: Small Arts, Cultural and Botanical Organizations and Those Not Funded in Tier I

Excellence in the Community

2020 Tier II Deadline: Fri. May 29 at 5pm

Please note: After assessment, the ZAP program has chosen to push back the 2020 Tier II deadline a final time to provide applicants with additional time to complete the application in light of COVID-19.

The Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Program provides funding for diverse organizations in Tier II, including the local arts and cultural councils in Salt Lake County.

These organizations are instrumental in providing affordable access to arts and cultural opportunities in the community. Their budgets range from $5,000 to over $4.5 million, from all volunteer to professionally managed, and from all areas of the County.  They allow people to participate as both a performer and audience member in equal measure.

All the organizations that receive Zoo, Arts and Parks funding in Tier II have programs that are available to all Salt Lake County residents and visitors.

Please navigate the above tabs for information on the Tier II Process, Funding Eligibility, and How to Apply.


2020 ZAP Tier II application is NOW OPEN

Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications are carefully reviewed by the Tier II Advisory Board. The board submits funding recommendations to the County Council, who can make adjustments to the funding recommendations. Once the County Council approves their final funding decisions, ZAP Staff will invite the recommended organizations to sign contracts. This process takes almost a full year.  

Tier II Process

  1. Application Received (Deadline): May 29 2020 at 5pm
  2. Review by Volunteer Advisory Board: May-July 2020
  3. Advisory Board Recommendations: August 2020
  4. County Council approval: August-September 2020
  5. Contracting: October-December 2020

Grants are distributed in two payments. The first payment will be received no later than January 2021. The second payment will be received no later than May 2021. 


Be sure you meet the eligibility requirements listed below:

 Must be   501(c)3 organization or municipal arts/cultural council
 Minimum budget size  Not applicable
 Miscellaneous  History discipline included
 Financial requirements
  •  For funding $15,000 or less = no additional statements needed
  •  For funding over $15,000 = various financial requirements
 Type of organizations funded  Must be an arts, botanical, or cultural organization. See complete list of funded disciplines.
 Funding  Based on Advisory Board review and recommendation

The Tier II Advisory Board scores all applications on the following criteria:

  • Artistic/Cultural Vibrancy
  • Public Benefit and Outreach
  • Organizational Capacity

Please Note: Tier II applicants may apply and qualify for over $15,000 only after the organization has received ZAP funding (in either Tier I or Tier II) for three (3) consecutive years.

2020 Application Scoring Criteria

Financial Health Test Criteria


2020 Tier II Deadline: Fri. May 29 at 5pm

Please note: After assessment, the ZAP program has chosen to push back the 2020 Tier II deadline a final time to provide applicants with additional time to complete the application in light of COVID-19.

2020 Tier II Application Workshops

The application workshops are now completed. Please refer to the ZAP 2020 Tier II Application Webinar at the bottom of this page.

Examples of Strong Previous Applications

First Time Applicants

If you are applying for ZAP funding for the very first time, please contact ZAP staff so that we can help you determine your eligibility for funding and get to know your organization better.

Eligibility requirements can be reviewed in the Eligibility tab of this page.

Submit an Application

ZAP 2020 Tier II Application HERE

If your organization is eligible and you've attended an application workshop, it's time to apply for funding. No late applications will be accepted. For application requests over $15,000, the required financial documents must be submitted no later than May 10, 2019, or your application will not be considered for more than $15,000 and may be disqualified.

Starting Your Application

You will submit your ZAP Tier II 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 2020 Tier II 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.

ZAP 2018 Tier II Evaluation Reminder

If your organization was funded in 2018 within Tier II, you must submit your 2018 evaluation via ZoomGrants before the application deadline in order to be considered for funding. Your evaluation is found in your 2018 ZoomGrants application under the "Evaluation" tab.

ZAP 2020 Tier II Application Online Webinar

The 2020 Tier II application webinar is now available online! 

ZAP 2020 Tier II Application Webinar HERE

Contractual Obligations

Resources for ZAP 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. Your contract must be signed online on

The person signing your organization's contract MUST either attend a contract workshop or watch the contract webinar. This is required.

2020 Contract Workshops

ZAP 2020 Contracting Workshops will be announced Fall 2020.

2019 Contract Webinar

Below you will find the ZAP 2019 Tier II Contract Webinar recording from September 25th 2019. It is mandatory that the signer of your contract watch this video, and we strongly recommend that anyone involved with your ZAP funds or marketing your ZAP programming watch it as well.

This webinar recording will go over contract obligations, as well as how to sign your contract. Please contact ZAP staff if you have any further questions.

Submit a 2018 Evaluation

Did your organization receive ZAP funding in 2018? Submit an evaluation by March 30, 2020. The evaluation is available in ZoomGrants under your 2018 application. Open the application, navigate to the tab labeled 2018 Evaluation and complete the report. 

If evaluations are not submitted for your organization by the due date, it cannot qualify for future funding. 

Submit Evaluation via ZoomGrants™