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Zoological Organizations

The Zoo, Arts & 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. 

2024 TIER I + ZOOLOGICAL APPLICATION DUE DATE: Wednesday, May 31 at 5:00 PM

Organizations funded in the Zoological category in 2023:


The 2024 Tier I & Zoological grant application will open APRIL 3, 2023. Please refer to the Apply tab for more information.

Applications are 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 Open Date: Monday, April 3, 2023
  2. Application Due Date: May 31, 2023 at 5:00 PM
  3. Review by Volunteer Advisory Board: June - October 2023
  4. Advisory Board Recommendations: November 2023
  5. County Council Approval: December 2023
  6. Contracting: January 2024
  7. First Payments: June 2024


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



2024 Tier I + Zoological Application Workshop

The 2024 Tier I + Zoological Application Workshop will be held on April 14, 2023 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Please RSVP using the link below.

RSVP for ZAP 2024 Tier I + Zoo Application Webinar RSVP

Submit an Application

APPLY HERE: ZAP 2024 Tier I + Zoological Application

If your organization is eligible and you've attended an application workshop, it's time to apply for funding. The 2024 Tier I + Zoological Application must be submitted online through ZoomGrants by Wednesday, May 31 at 5:00 PM. 

Starting Your Application

You will submit your ZAP 2024 Tier I + Zoological 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 2024 Tier I + Zoological 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.

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 2023 Contract

Watch the 2023 Contract Signing Webinar 

2022 Evaluation

Your 2022 Evaluation will be submitted as part of your 2022 Application. Please contact ZAP staff if you have any questions.

Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP)
Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center  2525 Taylorsville Blvd.
Taylorsville, UT 84129
Phone: (385) 468-7058
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM