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:

Ballet West

Discovery Gateway

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

Spy Hop

Tanner Dance

Utah Arts Alliance

Utah Arts Festival

Utah Film Center  

Utah Humanities

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

Tracy Aviary

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.