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Grants to Utah Organizations for Activities that Benefit Eligible Communities

Arts, Culture and Events (ACE) Fund


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Funding Source
Salt Lake City (SLC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Utah: Salt Lake City

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/01/23 11:59 PM (MST) Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to Utah organizations for activities and programs that benefit communities in eligible locations. Funding is intended for large or small events that contribute to the area's unique culture and bring communities together to celebrate and learn. The grants should act as supplemental event funding, rather than as the main sponsor. Events receiving ACE Funding must have significant programming (arts, culture, neighborhood awareness, etc.) and must take place within Salt Lake City limits.

To be eligible for ACE Funds, events should support the City’s overall vision and goals, including those that:

  • Support city-wide economic development,
  • Bring arts, education, and technology opportunities to all communities,
  • Promote diversity, inclusion, and cultural identity,
  • Protect the local environment and build a sustainable city,
  • Create neighborhood and community unity,
  • Support the health and wellness of city residents.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility requirements must meet the following:
- The event is held within Salt Lake City limits (not to be confused with Salt Lake County)
- Open to the public and not a private event (events may charge admission)
- Organizer/event/applicant is in good financial standing with Salt Lake City Corporation and past vendors
- Organizer/event/applicant is in good community standing (no history of complaints, etc.)
- The event is primarily focused on programming that supports the city’s goals and vision
- Current grantees must be current on any reporting obligations for past ACE funding cycles.

Additional Geographic Information:

Map of Salt Lake City boundary:

- Private events not open to the public. Events that collect donations qualify for funding if the event has a significant programming (arts, culture, neighborhood awareness, etc.) element.
- Events held outside of Salt Lake City limits.
- Events that receive funding from the City’s General Fund budgeting process or a non-competitive process.
- Events, organizations, and applicants that have a history of sustained complaints from previous years from residents, event vendors, and City staff.
- An event or organizer who has not met the City’s Special Event Permit deadlines from previous years.
- An event or organizer whose past event debts have not been reconciled with the City and/or event vendors.
- An event with a primary focus on fundraising. (While ACE funding is available to organizations/groups hosting events that charge admission, funding is not available to support events with a primary focus on fundraising.)
- Repeated violations of City Special Event and Salt Lake County Health Department requirements will negate an event organizer’s eligibility to receive ACE funding.

In addition, conferences, galas, or events hosted for a private entity/business/brand area are not typically funded, unless the community benefit is significant.
• Online events are not eligible for ACE funding.
• Health clinics or any event providing medical services are not typically funded out of concern for liability.
• ACE funds are not intended to cover administrative costs of an organization or payment for nonlocal entertainment or staff.

Events that received ACE funding in a prior year but postponed the event to the following year are not eligible to apply for additional funds until the original funds have been used. Events that receive funding from the City’s General Fund budgeting process or a non-competitive process are not eligible to receive ACE funding.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Information Sessions will be held across the City where you can learn more about the ACE Grant and get answers to any questions you may have.

November 15th, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Glendale Mountain View Community Learning Center, Room 182
1388 Navajo St.
Salt Lake City

November 27th, 6-7 PM
The Shop
Hosted by the Utah Black Chamber
350 E. 400 St.
Salt Lake City

Pre-Application Information
The deadline to apply is December 1, 2023, 11:59 pm (MST).

Awards will be announced in mid-February 2024.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
While up to $10,000 can be awarded to one event, grants typically range between $1,000 – $5,000, in an attempt to spread the money out to as many organizations as possible with the pool of funds available. $500 is the minimum amount awarded.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Direct questions to Katie Schnell, ACE Fund Coordinator, at or 385-443-0330.

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