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:
Preliminary Application Preview (pdf version to view)
2017 Online Application Preview (pdf version to view)
Grant Attachments Checklist —Use this helpful page to make sure you have everything you need!
|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.
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