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Tier II

Excellence in the Community

2021 Tier II Application Deadline: Friday, May 28 at 5pm

The Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Tier II category provides funding for diverse arts, cultural, and botanical organizations not funded in Tier I, 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. Budgets range from the thousands to millions; management ranges from volunteers to paid staff; and they represent all areas of the County. Whether you prefer to be in the audience or the limelight, these organizations have something for everyone. 

All Tier II-funded organizations have programs available to all Salt Lake County residents and visitors.

Please see the Eligibility, Process, and Apply sections for additional information.


Eligibility Requirements

 Must be  501(c)3 organization or municipal arts/cultural council
 Minimum Budget Not applicable
 Financial Requirements
  •  For funding $15,000 or less = no additional statements needed
  •  For funding over $15,000 = various financial requirements
 Type of Organization Must be an arts, botanical, or cultural organization; OR program being funded must be arts, botanical, or cultural in focus and maintain independent financial records.
Location Organizations and/or the activities receiving ZAP funding must be located within Salt Lake County.
 Funding Based on Advisory Board review and recommendation.
 Miscellaneous Organizations must fall clearly within one of the defined Disciplines Eligible for ZAP Funding. History is included in the Tier II category.

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

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

Please Note: Applicants must be funded by ZAP for at least three (3) consecutive years to apply for more than $15,000.

Are You Eligible for Funding?

Take our eligibility quiz to see if your organization falls within the main eligibility guidelines and may be eligible for funding!
This quiz is not a confirmation of eligibility. Eligibility does not guarantee funding. First-time applicants should contact ZAP staff before applying. 

Additional Resources


Review Process

Applications are carefully reviewed by the Tier II Advisory Board. The board submits funding recommendations to the County Council, which can make adjustments to the funding recommendations.

Once the County Council approves final funding decisions, ZAP Staff will invite the recommended organizations to sign contracts. Each funding cycle takes almost a full year from application submission to final payment disbursement.


    1. Application Received (Deadline): May 28 2020 at 5pm
    2. Review by Volunteer Advisory Board: June-August 2021
    3. Advisory Board Recommendations: August/September 2021
    4. County Council approval: August-September 2021
    5. Contracting: October-December 2021

Grants are distributed in two payments. The first payment will be received no later than January 2022. The second payment will be received no later than May 2022. 


DEADLINE: Friday, May 28 at 5pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

2021 Application Workshops

Online application workshops will be held on the following days:
    • Wednesday, March 31 (1pm-3pm; COMPLETE)
    • Saturday, April 17 (10am-12pm)
Attending a workshop is one of the best ways to help your organization create a successful application. We recommend sending your grant writer and, if possible, the individual who will be reporting on your finances and a member of your leadership.
The recording of the March 31 application workshop can be found HERE.
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Submit an Application

You will submit your ZAP Tier II application through 
First-time applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to contact ZAP staff before creating an application, so we can help you determine your eligibility for funding and get to know your organization better.
No late applications will be accepted. 
Requesting Over $15,000: The additional required financial documents must be submitted no later than June 25 2021, or your application will not be considered for more than $15,000 and may be disqualified.

Creating an Application

The button above is only used to create a new application
After you have created an application, you can return to your application to edit it by logging into ZoomGrants. Your created application will be in the "Incomplete Applications" box on your My Account Home page.
Opening a New Application
    • If you already have a ZoomGrants account: Open the application using the button above. In the upper right hand corner of the page, log into your existing ZoomGrants account using sign-in fields. Scroll down to the application tabs and  click the "Apply Now/Start Application".
    • If you do not already have an account: Open the application using the button above. On the right side of the page, click the orange "New ZoomGrants Account" button. Create your account. Click the orange 'Apply' button to the right of the ZAP 2021 Tier II Application under the 'Open Programs' list.
PLEASE NOTE: Using the button above to access ZoomGrants after you have already started an application will create a new/duplicate application.

ZAP 2019 Tier II Evaluation Reminder

If your organization was funded in 2019 within Tier II, you must submit your 2019 evaluation via ZoomGrants before Friday, May 28 at 5pm in order to be considered for funding.
Your evaluation is found in your 2019 ZoomGrants application under the "Evaluation" tab.

ZAP 2021 Tier II Application Workshop Recording

WATCH HERE: 2021 Tier II Application Workshop Recording 

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.

2021 Contract Workshops

ZAP 2021 Contracting Workshops will be announced Fall 2021.

2021 Contract Webinar

Return Fall 2021 to find the ZAP 2021 Tier II Contract Webinar recording. 
If funded, 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 2019 Evaluation

Did your organization receive ZAP funding in 2019? Submit an evaluation by May 28, 2021. The evaluation is available in ZoomGrants under your 2019 application. Open the application, navigate to the tab labeled 2019 Evaluation and complete the report. 
If evaluations are not submitted for your organization by the due date, it cannot qualify for future funding. 


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations (including auxiliary communicative aids and services or alternate formats) for individuals with disabilities may be provided upon receipt of a request with five working days’ notice.

To expedite accommodation requests and coordination, call (385) 468-7001. TTY/TDD users should call 7-1-1. If you are unable to attend, contact Kirsten Darrington at 385-468-7057 or