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Office of Outdoor Recreation Grant Program


The Office of Outdoor Recreation’s  Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant was able to provide funding for 15 outdoor recreation infrastructure projects across the state as well as 16 outdoor youth programs in 2016. The pilot program was able to provide 19 communities in Utah with some matching funding to construct outdoor recreation infrastructure in late 2015.

This website provides more information about the 2016 Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant. Click on the different tabs to see the grant locations on a map.

Congratulations to the 2016 Outdoor Recreation Grant Program Recipients:

2016 Outdoor Infrastructure Projects Awarded Grants:

  • Jackson Flats Reservoir Trail Project in Kane County
  • Logan River Trail Rendezvous Park in Cache County
  • Helper City River Revitalization (Phase 3) in Carbon County
  • Mill Creek Trail-Fitts Park Bridge in South Salt Lake City
  • Sandy Canal Trail (Phases 2-4)  in Salt Lake County
  • Monticello Trail Project in San Juan County
  • Adaptive Challenge Course in Summit County
  • Brian Head Town Trail Paving Project in Iron County
  • Joe’s Valley Climbing Trails Project in Emery County
  • UM Creek Access Management/OHV Trail Project in Sevier County
  • Trim Trail in Beaver County
  • Washington City Cottonwood Wash Trail Project in Washington County
  • Castle Dale Welcome Center Outside Climbing Wall in Emery County
  • Bjorr Trail in Cache County
  • Lower Little Cottonwood Canyon Hiking & Climbing Trail Access (Phase 2)  in Salt Lake County

Outdoor Youth Programs Awarded Grants in 2016:

  • Provo Youth Mountain Biking Camp with the SLC Bike Collective in Utah County
  • Kwiyamuntsi Paiute Tribal Youth Camp with the Zion National Park Foundation
  • League Bicycle Loaner Program with the Utah High School Mountain Biking League (State-wide)
  • St. George Outdoors Program in Washington County
  • Youth Works in the Parks program with Friends of Arches and Canyonlands
  • Crookham’s Crew with John Wesley Powell History Museum in Emery County
  • Winter Program with Chill Foundation in Salt Lake County
  • Adventure Camp with Park City Recreation in Summit County
  • Learn to Ride program with Draper City Parks and Recreation
  • Junior Nordic Outreach Program with The Utah Nordic Alliance (TUNA)
  • Youth City Outdoor Adventure Project with Splore
  • Scholarship Assistance for Kids with Adaptive Needs with Wasatch Adaptive Sports in Salt Lake County
  • Youth Adventure Leadership Program with Common Ground Outdoor Adventures in Cache County
  • Canyon Country Summer Camp with Four Corners School of Outdoor Education in San Juan County
  • Park City Community Fishing Program in Summit County
  • Geocaching Hide and Seek program with Friends of Wasatch Mountain State Park

The 2015 Pilot Program of the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant (formerly known as “Waypoint“) recipients:

  • Nature playscape at the Four Corners School in Monticello
  • Mountain biking skills park in Highland
  • Boulevard Trail extension in Logan
  • Natural themed playground with climbing boulders in Moab (photo shown on left)
  • Mountain biking trails in Herriman
  • Signage for Old Spanish Trail for recreationists in Iron County
  • Jordan River boat takeout area in Davis County
  • Ensign Peak Visitor Trail reconstruction in Salt Lake City
  • Trails to access climbing areas in Little Cottonwood Canyon
  • Upgrades of Arapeen OHV trail in Sanpete County
  • Trail connecting the Ogden River trail to 17th street in Ogden
  • Construction of ADA restroom facilities & lighting at Camp Kostopulos, Emigration Canyon
  • Extension of bike & pedestrian path at Bear Lake in Garden City
  • Trail connecting Utah Olympic Park to Kimball Junction in Summit County
  • Renovation of the Ranches Mountain Bike Park in Eagle Mountain
  • Construction of the Tushar Mesa Trail in Green River
  • Construction of public docks for rowing and other human-powered boats on Jordan River in Salt Lake County
  • Construction of public beach, fishing pier and soft surface trail at Saratoga Springs boat harbor
  • Construction of a restroom at East Canyon Creek trailhead in Summit County


The mission of the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant is to foster outdoor recreational amenities and experiences throughout Utah to enhance our quality of life and aid with local economic development efforts.

OVERVIEW: The following is a summary of the Utah Outdoor Recreation grant opportunities, which provided funding for 2016, thanks to the passage of HB 52 during the 2016 Utah legislative session. We will have details on the grant funding for 2017 if funding becomes available to continue the grant program.

Grant Program Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure  Youth Outdoor Recreation Program
Purpose The project will enhance recreational opportunities and amenities in Utah’s communities The project will increase participation in outdoor recreation among young people


General Eligibility Requirements Eligible applicants include non-profits and local or tribal governments

Economic: Must offer an economic opportunity for the community with the potential to attract or retain residents and/or increase visitation to region

Public use: Infrastructure must be open and available to the public

Project Type: Must be used for the building of infrastructure, not the project planning or the purchase of property

Eligible applicants include non-profits and local or tribal governments

Outside: The program must provide outdoor recreation activities for youth (18 & under)

Physical activity: The program must have element of fitness/physical activity


Grant Period Open July 1  through August 11 July 1  through August 11


Grant Size Various tiered grant sizes available from $20,000 up to $75,000 (Total amount to be given out=$830,000) Various tiered grant sizes available from $2500 up to $15,000 (Total amount to be given out=$100,000)


Guidelines Program Guidelines for the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure program will soon be available to download and review Program Guidelines for the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure program will soon be available to download and review


Deadlines Thursday, August 11, 2016 by 5:00 pm Thursday, August 11, 2016 by 5:00 pm


Application Basics 11 multi-point narrative questions; project budget; several support materials 11 narrative questions; project budget; support materials


Match Component Given as a 50/50 match. Up to 25 percent of total may be an in-kind match. Given as a 50/50 match. Up to 25 percent of total may be an in-kind match.


Contract/Reporting Requirements Project must be complete within 24 months of date the contract is signed.

Funding is given after the applicant’s spend. Up to 75 percent of the matched monies may be given before completion of project. Final funding contingent upon inspection of completed project.

Project must be complete within 18 months of date contract is signed.

Funding given after grant is approved and applicant has provided all appropriate documentation including budget materials.

Stay tuned for more information about the 2017 grant cycle.

Have more questions? See our FAQs Page.  

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