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Cultural Arts and Recreation Enrichment (CARE) Program

Grants to Utah Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Regions for Arts, Cultural, and Recreational Programs

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City of Orem

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02/28/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Utah nonprofit organizations and agencies in eligible regions to support arts and culture programming or operation and capital expenses related to recreational facilities. For organizations, funding may be used for programs in a wide range of disciplines related to arts and culture. For agencies, funding may be used for construction projects and general operations of recreational and cultural facilities. Eligible applicants will serve the City of Orem.

Three types of CARE grants are available (for nonprofit organizations):

  • Major Grants
  • Mid-Major Grants
  • Mini-Grants

Facilities Grants: Available to government entities.

Recreational facilities include parks, playgrounds, golf courses, athletic fields, gymnasiums, swimming pools, trail systems, or other facilities used for recreational purposes. Cultural facilities include museums, theaters, art centers, music halls, or other cultural or arts facilities. Under state law, government-owned or operated facilities are the only facilities eligible for CARE funds.

Cultural Arts: Many disciplines are eligible, including performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, historic preservation, arts education, and more. A more complete listing is provided in the CARE Policies and Procedures document. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143252

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Major Grants: $10,000 or more
- Mid-Major Grants: $5,000 – $9,999
- Mini-Grants: $4,999 or less

Organizations applying for major grants may be awarded up to 35% of their total qualifying operating expenses. Qualifying expenses include those associated with programs, marketing, royalties and licensing fees, and other operating expenses related to the organization’s primary cultural purpose.

Organizations applying for mid-major grants and mini-grants can be awarded a full grant regardless of their current operating budgets.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Both nonprofit and government entities may receive CARE funds. Qualifying organizations must have a significant presence and manage/present in the City of Orem.

To be eligible for major grants, private nonprofit cultural organizations must hold active 501(c)(3) status at the time of the application deadline. Nonprofit status may be verified online with the IRS. A sample 501(c)(3) form is also available.

Applicants for mini-grants must be registered with the State of Utah as a nonprofit corporation with an active status at the time of application. Educational institutions may qualify if they receive less than 50% of their funding from state funds and serve the residents of the City of Orem (as opposed to students and faculty).

Facilities grants are only available to government entities (including the City of Orem).

- Government entities may not use funds for program expenses.
- CARE funds granted to cultural organizations may not be used for capital construction expenses, payments into an endowment fund, expenditures for programs outside of Orem, activities not available to the general public, political lobbying, fundraising expenses related to capital or endowment campaigns, or for other expenses not related to the organization’s primary cultural purpose.
- Individuals may not apply.

Pre-Application Information:

CARE Annual Timeline:
- CARE Application Due: February 28th at 5:00 PM
- March / April: Applicant Presentations
- May / June: Grants Awarded

All non-City entities will be required to enter into a contractual agreement with the City of Orem before funds can be released. Once the contracts are signed, funds are generally made available in July. Generally, mini and mid-major grant recipients receive the money through a reimbursement process. Major-grant recipients receive their funding in one lump-sum.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For questions, contact:

Steven Downs, CARE Program Administrator
801.229.711 / 801.229.7115

Kena Mathews, CARE Program Support

City of Orem
56 N. State St.
Orem, Utah 84057

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