The Zoo, Arts and Parks Program provides funding for up to three zoological organizations. Zoological funding should be used to build organizational capacity, fund zoological facilities, to create stability and to provide adequate predictable support. Organizations that qualify for zoological funding have headquarters and a significant presence in Salt Lake County and serves and audience of 75,000 or more persons annually.
They are then carefully reviewed by the 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. This process takes almost a full year.
*These dates are subject to change.
View the Zoological Scoring Criteria
View the Financial Health Test Criteria
Organizations applying for zoological funding 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.
Before beginning your application, we recommend viewing the application webinar (Coming Soon!). Our in-person workshop will be held at the Salt Lake County Government Center (2001 S State Street). The workshop date will be updated when we have determined a date.
RSVP for the workshop
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 in late March and must be submitted online through ZoomGrants by May 11, 2018 at 3:00 PM. When you first sign in to ZoomGrants, please make sure you create a username and password. Once you have login information, you can begin your application.
Apply via ZoomGrants™
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 staff will offer a contract signing workshop that will outline your organization's contractual obligations. The date of this workshop for the 2018 application process has not yet been announced. Please check back later.
Stay tuned for the new 2019 Tier I & Zoological Contract Signing Webinar - Coming Soon!
Did your organization receive funding in 2016? Submit an evaluation by May 11, 2018. If evaluations are not submitted for your organization, it cannot qualify for future funding.
Submit 2016 Evaluation