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Recreation, Arts and Parks (RAP) Cultural Tax Grant

Grants to Summit County, Utah Nonprofits and
Cultural Councils for Arts and Recreational Programs

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Summit County

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03/30/18 12:00 PM


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Grants to Summit County, Utah nonprofit organizations and municipal arts and cultural councils to support arts and recreational opportunities for local residents. Eligible disciplines include but are not limited to dance, arts education, visual arts, music, history, folk arts, and theatre.

Eligible Discipline List:

Arts Education:
-Performances for Children/Students
-After-School Instruction
-Artist Training
-Service/Information and Referrals

Cultural Arts:
-Motion Picture
-Story Telling

-World (ethnic) Dance

Local Arts Agency:
-A municipal designated agency or non-profit corporation responsible for supporting local arts and culture activities including presenting, exhibitions, and other programs associated with artists and arts organization in a community.

Media Arts:
-Independent Film
-Multidisciplinary (within media arts)

-Contemporary/New Music
-Historical /Traditional
-World Music

Natural History:
-Natural history is defined as the study and research and fostering the appreciation of the material universe, including various types of plant and animal life, dinosaurs and other fossil life, rare gems, minerals and meteorites, human beings, the earth and its environment, but excludes aeronautics, space exploration and science and technology. Natural history organizations should be primarily focused on public programs, as opposed to academic research.

Presenting Organization:
-Organizations that curate programs and arrange public performances to help expand public appreciation of diverse art forms and reflect the community’s interests. Presenting organizations typically assume all or part of the financial risk of the performances, and handle some or the entire production, marketing, box office venue, house management tasks associated with the performances.

-Contemporary/New Work
-Musical Theater

Visual Arts:
-Gallery/Exhibition space
-Mixed media

-History is broadly defined as the study of the past, designed to record or explain past events. This includes the following kinds of organizations and activities: Heritage Preservation; Historical Museums

Evaluation Criteria:

Artistic/Cultural Vibrancy:
-Engages qualified and diverse arts/cultural professionals
-Inspires and contributes to vibrant/energetic cultural community in Summit County
-Provides unique, impressive, and noteworthy contributions to its field
-Supports work that has merit and connects with the audience

Public Benefit/Outreach:
-Clearly demonstrates the organization understands, works with, and serves its community
-Connects with the target audience
-Makes an effort to also reach out to underserved populations
-Demonstrates meaningful relationships with other stakeholders
-Is open to the public and welcomes all

Organizational Capacity:
-Clearly demonstrates the organization is well managed and stable
-Has engaged, active and qualified board, staff and/or volunteers
-Demonstrates strong partnerships with other art & cultural agencies
-Demonstrates diverse funding sources
-Sets goals and measures progress
-Sets a realistic and appropriate annual budget
-Clearly demonstrates the ability to implement project(s) and/or operations

Priority consideration will also be given to organizations that can demonstrate a strong connection to the community, have a substantial track record and show a stable history.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180459

Estimated Size of Grant:

If your organization will not be submitting a review or audit do not ask for more than $15,000.

Organizations requesting $15,000 or less may not receive more than 50% of their annual operating budget from RAP funds.

Term of Contract:

This application covers the period from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. The project or operations you are requesting RAP funding for needs to take place during a 12‐month period within this time frame.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible must be from a 501(c)(3) and registered with the State of Utah or a municipal or county cultural council, such as Summit County/Park City Arts Council.

RAP Will Not Fund
-Accumulated deficits or debt retirement
-Capital Improvements
-Public schools and/or school programs or hiring of temporary or permanent staff in any school or school system
-Lobbying Expenses
-Scholarships, purchase awards or cash prizes
-Magazines or newspapers
-Broadcast network or cable communications systems
-Performances, events and activities that take place outside of Summit County
-Activities intended primarily for fundraising
-Recreational, rehabilitative or therapeutic programs
-Social Service Programs
-Sister‐city programs
-Non‐cultural celebratory activities
-Activities that are primarily religious in purpose
-Cash reserves
-Cultural Organization does not include (a) any agency of the state; (b) any political subdivision of the state; and (c) any educational institution whose annual revenues are directly derived more than 50% from state funds.

Pre-Application Information:

RAP funds should not be the sole source of funding received by applicant organizations. Priority consideration will be given to organizations that can solicit and receive matching funds (cash or in‐kind).

It is expected that organizations will also seek funding or grants from other agencies or sources (such as the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, foundations, corporation, businesses, individuals, etc.).

RAP grantee organizations are expected to maintain professional and ethical standards. Joining the Utah Nonprofits Association provides resources to assist nonprofits in this effort. Please visit for more information.

The application deadline is 12:00 PM, Friday March 30, 2018.

Applications may be submitted through the electronic form.

Tentative 2018 Timeline
-RAP Application Due: 12:00 PM, Friday, March 30, 2018
-Committee Review: April, 2018
-Interviews of Applicants: May, 2018
-RAPAC’S recommendation to County Council: May, 2018
-Council Approves: June, 2018

Contact Information:

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

For questions:

Ed Woolstenhulme, Web Administrator
Ph: 435-336-3154 / 435-615-3154 / 435-783-4351, ext. 3154

60 N. Main
P.O. Box 128
Coalville, UT 84017

Other concerns or questions may be directed to:

Anita Lewis
Ph: 435-336-3220 / 435-615-3220 / 435-783-4351, ext. 3220

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Utah: Summit County