Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks Program to Distribute $15.3 Million
Salt Lake City— In 2020, 22 large arts and cultural nonprofits and three zoos throughout Salt Lake Valley will be funded through the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Tier I and Zoological categories. $15.3 million will support the 25 organizations based on recommendations from the ZAP Tier I Citizen’s Advisory Board.
Directed by statute and policy, the Tier I and Zoological categories can fund up to 22 nonprofits and three zoological organizations whose annual expenditures meet a certain threshold, showing a notable and direct impact on the local economy. The ZAP program provides one stable source of funding among other revenue and fundraising efforts for these large organizations as they plan annual programs and offerings for the Salt Lake County community.
Each of the selected organizations is vetted through a rigorous application process. They must demonstrate how they serve the Salt Lake County community through artistic offerings, sound management, and valuable resident and visitor experiences. Last year, Tier I and Zoological organizations re-invested over $78 million back into the economy, brought nearly 30,000 events to Salt Lake County, and provided over 1.6 million free admissions to Salt Lake County residents.
This year 24 Tier I and three Zoological applications were reviewed and 22 Tier I and three Zoological organizations were selected for funding. The review is conducted by a dedicated advisory board that clocks countless hours assessing and scoring applications and visiting the applicant sites and leadership.
Funded Tier I Organizations:
Hale Centre Theatre
Natural History Museum of Utah
Pioneer Theatre Company
Red Butte Garden
Repertory Dance Theatre
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
Salt Lake Acting Company
Salt Lake Arts Council
Salt Lake Film Society
Utah Arts Alliance
Utah Arts Festival
Utah Film Center
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Utah Museum of Fine Art
Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
West Valley Arts & Cultural Foundation
Funded Zoological Organizations:
Utah’s Hogle Zoo
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
About Salt Lake County ZAP
Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Program facilitates community-supported arts, culture, and recreation grants. The ZAP Program Initiative has been voted on and renewed by Salt Lake County residents since 1996. One cent of evert $10 spent in the County partially funds over 200 County arts and cultural organizations, as well as over 30 parks and recreational facilities.