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Salt Lake County
ZAP 2020 Tier II Application
CLOSED  Deadline  5/29/2020
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Description  [hide this]

IMPORTANT: The deadline for this application has been extended to Friday, May 29th. 

The Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks program offers this competitive grant opportunity for organizations that provide Salt Lake County with arts, cultural, and historical experiences.

The Utah Legislature, with the public's vote, has authorized the collection of a 1/10th of 1% sales tax initiative that enhances public financial support of Utah's private nonprofit artistic, botanical, cultural, and zoological organizations. This application is for those organizations not funded through Tier I.

The Tier II funding should be utilized to build organizational capacity and enhance the County's cultural offerings to the community. It also strives to encourage county municipalities, metro townships and unincorporated community councils to increase their funding of their respective local arts councils and cultural organizations within their communities.

Tier II funds should not be the sole source of funding received by applicant organizations. It is expected that organizations will also seek funding or grants from other agencies or sources (i.e. Utah Division of Arts & Museums, foundations, corporations, businesses, individuals, etc.) Priority consideration will be given to organizations that...

  • can solicit and receive matching cash funds;
  • can demonstrate a strong connection to the community;
  • have a substantial track record;
  • and clearly demonstrate their ability to implement the described project(s) and/or operation(s). Competitive Process: Obtaining ZAP funding is a competitive process; generally not all applications will receive funding. Past funding does not guarantee future funding. To view the Scoring Criteria used by the Advisory Board, please see the Guidelines under the Resources Tab.

IMPORTANT: The deadline for this application has been extended to Friday, May 29th. Applications are reviewed through July. Funding recommendations are submitted to county council August/September. Funding will be disbursed for the 2020 Tier II cycle January and May 2021.

We strongly suggest first-time ZAP applicants contact ZAP staff to discuss eligibility and what to expect from the funding cycle.

This application is due by Friday, May 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM MST. No late applications will be accepted. If you were funded in Tier II in 2018, you must also submit your 2018 evaluation by that deadline in order to be considered for funding.

Jenn Waterhouse, Grant & Communications Coordinator,  385-468-7058 

Kirsten Darrington, Program Director, 385-468-7057

Requirements  [hide this]

Broadly, all organizations/projects must meet these basic ZAP eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a 501(c)3 OR a local arts/cultural agency affiliated with a municipality or township.
  • Only activities held within Salt Lake County may be funded
  • Only activities open to the public may be funded
  • Must be arts, cultural, or botanical in focus
  • Must fall within one of the established ZAP disciplines (see Resource Library for list)

Additionally, organizations requesting $15,000 or less may not receive more than 50% of their annual operating budget, or their most recently completed fiscal year, from ZAP funds.

If applying for over $15,000, the following additional requirements apply...

  • All applications requesting over $15,000 must submit a a peer review letter from your CPA firm. This letter is a review of your CPA's processes; it is not the letter from your audit. Ask your CPA for a copy of this letter.
  • Applications requesting $15,001-$29,999 must submit a certified financial review of operating expenses for the most recent completed fiscal year by an independent accountant.
  • Applications requesting $30,000-$59,999 must submit a certified financial audit of operating expenses for the most recent completed fiscal year.
  • Applications requesting $60,000+ must submit three consecutive years of audited financial statements.

For requests over $15,000, your required financial documentation must be submitted no later than June 26, 2020. If these documents are not submitted by end of day June 26, the application will not be considered for more than $15,000 and may be disqualified.

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

Contact ZAP staff if you have any questions about these requirements. We are here to help!

Restrictions  [hide this]

Per policy, ZAP CANNOT fund:

  • Expenses NOT related to cultural, botanical, or zoological activities
  • Performances, events, and activities that take place OUTSIDE Salt Lake County
  • Activities not available to the general public (e.g. university or college program organized primarily for student populations)
  • Endowments, cash reserves, or saving account funds
  • Accumulated deficits or debt retirement
  • Capital improvements
  • Lobbying Expenses
  • Scholarships, purchase of awards, cash, or prizes
  • Hiring of temporary or permanent staff in any school or school system
  • Non-cultural celebratory activities (no parties)
  • Re-granting, sub-granting, fellowships, and fiscal sponsorship
  • Educational institutions whose annual revenues are directly derived more than 50% from state funds
  • Activities that are primarily religious in purpose or promote a religious viewpoint
  • Magazines or newspapers
  • Radio or television broadcasting network or stations, or cable communications systems
  • Activities intended primarily for fundraising for endowments or capital campaigns
  • Recreational, rehabilitative or therapeutic programs
  • Social service programs
  • Fireworks
  • Sister-city programs
  • Rodeos

Application Resource Library  [hide this]
DescriptionFile NameDate UploadedFile Type
2020 Tier II Scoring Criteria Tier2-Scoring-Criteria-2020.pdf 1/13/2020 3:51:18 PM PDF
Discipline Definitions LINK 1/13/2020 3:52:26 PM LINK
Resource: Utah Entity Number/Business ID Search LINK 1/13/2020 3:53:00 PM LINK
FASB Accounting Pronouncements- 2019 Update NewAccountingPronouncements-2019Update.pdf 1/13/2020 3:53:27 PM PDF
Capacity Building Resources LINK 1/14/2020 3:58:21 PM LINK
Tips and Tricks for Using ZoomGrants TechnicalTipsandTricksforUsingZoomGrants.pdf 1/15/2020 1:46:30 PM PDF

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Please preview the application before you submit and confirm that:

  • Budget numbers are correct.
  • All contact information is correct.
  • You have answered every question and uploaded all necessary documents.
  • You have added all necessary Collaborators, including the individual with the authority to sign your contract if awarded funding. (Instructional video: Adding Collaborators)
  • You have added to your e-mail's Safe Senders/whitelist (if you do not do this, you will not receive application updates).

PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete applications will be disqualified from consideration. We strongly recommend submitting your application at least 48 hours before the application deadline, to leave room for any technical difficulties. If you experience technical difficulties with ZoomGrants, please contact Jenn Waterhouse, Program Coordinator, for assistance as soon as possible.

REMINDER: If your organization was funded in Tier II in 2018, you must also complete your 2018 evaluation by the May 29th deadline for your application to be considered.

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