Office of Outdoor Recreation Grant Program
The Office of Outdoor Recreation’s Utah Waypoint Grant pilot program was able to provide 19 communities in Utah with some matching funding to construct outdoor recreation infrastructure in late 2015. This popular grant program was renewed, thanks to the passage of HB 52 during the 2016 Utah legislative session. The new grant cycle will be open July 1-August 11, 2016.
We are taking applications through online forms beginning July 1, 2016. Please one of the online applications below. You may refer to the previews of the applications that can be found with the other downloadable grant materials as desired. Before applying, you should read the Program Guide so you are familiar with the rules and eligibility requirements for the grants.
Online Application Form for the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant for Infrastructure Projects
Online Application Form for the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant for Youth Programs
DOWNLOADABLE GRANT MATERIALS
Have more questions? See our FAQs Page.
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 our current available grant opportunities, which provide funding for 2016. Complete details for each grant program are available in the guidelines.
|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=$530,000)||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.
Congratulations to the 2015 Waypoint grant 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
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