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Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant


The Office of Outdoor Recreation’s Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant has been created to help communities to build trails and other recreational amenities as an aid for local economic development. Communities have found that having nearby recreation opportunities adds to the quality of life of local citizens, helps to attract new residents, and can lead to an increase in local property values. Businesses, especially high-tech firms, consider having nearby outdoor recreation amenities as “absolutely vital” to attracting and keeping high value employees.

The Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant (UORG) application is completed online. To get a thorough understanding of what is required for the grant application download the pdf of the application and review it first. Download and read the copy of the 2017 Program Guide  as well which will help you as you plan your community’s infrastructure project and prepare a strong grant application. Note that the UORG application is not something that can be completed within a day and should be started sooner rather than later. It will also take time to gather support materials and letters.

Link to Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant Online Application (Most will have to first register as a ‘New User’ before accessing the application.)

Downloadable Grant Materials:

2017 UORG Program Guide

Preliminary Application Preview (pdf version to view)

2017 Online Application Preview (pdf version to view)

Grant Attachments ChecklistUse this helpful page to make sure you have everything you need!

2017 Project Timeline 

2017 Landowner Agreement Form

2017 Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant Budget Spreadsheet

2017 UORG Webinar Video


 OVERVIEW: The following is a summary of the Utah Outdoor Recreation grant opportunities, which will provide funding for 2017 for outdoor recreation infrastructure projects. (Unfortunately, grants are no longer available for youth programs.)
Beginning in 2018, we will have more funding to award and will be able to provide larger grant amounts to recipients.
Grant Program Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure 
Purpose The project will enhance recreational opportunities and amenities in Utah’s communities  


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



Grant Period Open May 1  through June 15, 2017
Grant Size Various tiered grant sizes available from $5,000 up to $50,000 (Total available for grant awards=$450,000)  


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


Deadlines Thursday, June 15, 2017 by 5:00 pm
Application Basics Several narrative questions; project budget; several support materials  


Match Component 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.

The 2016 funding cycle 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 in late 2015 was able to provide 19 communities in Utah with some matching funding to construct outdoor recreation infrastructure. Please see “Past Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant Recipients” page for more.

Have more questions? See our FAQs Page.  

Sign up to receive the Utah Talks Outdoors newsletter at the base of this page to get the latest news about outdoor recreation in Utah,  notice of this summer’s upcoming outdoor recreation grant workshop and notice of the date when the applications are available.

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