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Zoological Organizations

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. 

The 2021 Tier I & Zoological grant application will open approximately March 2020.

Organizations funded in the Zoological category in 2019:


The 2021 Tier I & Zoological grant application will open approximately March 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. 

Tier II Process
  1. Application Due Date: TBA 2020
  2. Review by Volunteer Advisory Board: TBA 2020
  3. Advisory Board Recommendations: TBA 2020
  4. County Council Approval: TBA 2020
  5. Contracting: TBA 2020


Must be  501(c)3 organization
Minimum budget size  Not applicable
Miscellaneous  Must serve over 75,000 visitors
Financial requirements  3 years of audited financial statements
Type of organizations funded  Must be a zoological organization with AZA accreditation
Funding  Based on state statute percentages

View the Zoological Scoring Criteria

View the Financial Health Test Criteria


Application Workshop

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 recommend viewing the application webinar, which will be posted onto this page shortly. Our in-person workshops will be held at the Salt Lake County Government Center (2001 S State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84190), date and time TBA. Space is limited. An RSVP will be available.

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 open mid-spring 2020 (date TBA) must be submitted online through ZoomGrants, deadline TBA. 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.

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. 

How to Sign your Contract

A contract signing webinar will become available for the ZAP Tier I + Zoo 2020 funding cycle later this year. 

2018 Evaluation

Your 2018 Evaluation was submitted as part of your 2020 Application. Please contact ZAP staff if you have any questions.