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ZAP 2021 Tier II Application
CLOSED  Deadline  6/29/2021
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ZAP Tier II Funding  [hide this]

DEADLINE: Friday, May 28 2021 at 5pm. No late applications will be accepted.

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

Tier II funding should be used to build organizational capacity and enhance the County's cultural offerings to the community. The program also encourages 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 your only source of funding. The board expects that organizations will also apply for funding or grants from other agencies or sources (i.e. Utah Division of Arts & Museums, foundations, corporations, businesses, individuals, etc). While a one-to-one match is not required, competitive applications are able to show matched funding. Priority consideration will be given to organizations that...

  • have matching cash funds;
  • have a strong connection to the community;
  • are committed to working with underserved communities;
  • have a substantial track record;
  • and can implement the described project(s) and/or operation(s).

Competitive Process: ZAP funding is competitive and being funded in previous years does not guarantee future funding. Generally not all applications will receive funding. To read the Scoring Criteria used by the Advisory Board, please see the "2021 Tier II Scoring Criteria" document in the Resources Tab.

Applications will be reviewed June-August. Funding recommendations will be submitted to the Salt Lake County Council in August/September. Applicants will be notified of board recommendations in August/September. 2021 cycle funding will be disbursed in January and May 2022.

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

If your organization was funded in Tier II in 2019, you must also submit your 2019 evaluation in ZoomGrants by May 28 2021 in order to be considered for funding.

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

Kirsten Darrington, Program Director, 385-468-7057

Tier II Eligibility Requirements  [hide this]

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

Organizations requesting $15,000 or less can't 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 financial documents must be submitted...

  • 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 25, 2021. If these documents are not submitted by end of day June 25, 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 once 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!

ZAP Funding Use Restrictions  [hide this]

Per policy, ZAP funding cannot be used for the following:

  • 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
  • Repairs and maintenance to real property
  • Public art 
  • 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
2021 Tier II Scoring Criteria 2021TierIIScoringCriteria.pdf 3/19/2021 3:22:04 PM PDF
ZAP Discipline Definitions LINK 3/19/2021 3:22:28 PM LINK
Resource: Utah Entity Number/Business ID Search LINK 3/19/2021 3:22:41 PM LINK
Capacity Building Resources LINK 3/19/2021 3:23:17 PM LINK
Tips and Tricks for Using ZoomGrants TechnicalTipsandTricksforUsingZoomGrants3.pdf 3/19/2021 3:23:36 PM PDF
OPTIONAL: Additional Data Worksheet (for info compiling only; CANNOT BE SUBMITTED, you must use the Smartsheet!) ZAP2021TierIIAdditionalDataWorksheet.docx 4/15/2021 9:37:28 AM DOCX
Salt Lake County Council District Map LINK 5/27/2021 3:27:36 PM LINK

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If you have questions about your application, please email ZAP staff at 

DEADLINE: Friday, May 28 2021 at 5pm. No late applications will be accepted.


  • Saving your application: Click outside any text box or multiple choice button to save the application. You do not need to click any other save button.
    • If the Saving box does not dissapear, there has been an error and your edits have not been saved. This often happens if you pasted text from a Word document.
      If you have a saving error...
      • Double-click outside of the Saving box to make it dissapear. 
      • Copy your edited answers into an outside Word document. Your application has not saved your edits.
      • Refresh your browser and add your answers back into the text boxes.
    • We strongly recommend that you type your answers directly into the ZoomGrants text boxes, then copy your answers into a Word document on your computer to save your text, so you don't lose your progress.
  • Accessing and editing your application: You can return to edit your application until the submission deadline even if you have already submitted it. Access your application by logging in at and selecting "ZAP 2021 Tier II Application" in the Incomplete Applications box if not submitted, or Submitted Applications box if submitted.
  • Add people as editors: To share your application with others to edit, add people as "Collaborators" on this Summary tab. Follow the instructions here:


Please double-check your whole application to be sure that: 

  • Budget numbers are complete and correct.
  • All contact information is correct.
  • All questions are answered.
  • All necessary documenst are added. 
  • You have added everyone who needs to access the application as a Collaborator, including the person who would sign your funding contract. (Instructional video: Adding Collaborators)
  • You have added to your e-mail's Safe Senders/whitelist (if you do not do this, you may not receive important application updates).

Please note: We cannot consider incomplete applications for funding. Please submit your application at least 48 hours before the deadline in case you experience any problems. If you experience technical difficulties with ZoomGrants, please contact Jenn Waterhouse, Program Coordinator, for assistance as soon as possible.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION: Click the "Submit Now" button on the top right of the application, to the right of your application tabs.

If your organization was funded in Tier II in 2019, you must also complete your 2019 evaluation by the May 28th deadline for your application to be considered.

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