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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. Please see “Past Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant Recipients” page for more.

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.

Downloadable Grant Materials:

2017 Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant Program Guide

Preliminary Application Preview

2017 Online Application Preview

2017 Project Timeline 

2017 Landowner Agreement Form

2017 Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant Budget Spreadsheet

2017 GRANT WORKSHOPS: Let us walk you through the grant process! Come to our grant workshops and learn more about the grants and the application process. The workshops will also help you prepare for applying in 2018.

SIGN UP NOW FOR THESE FREE WORKSHOPS. Space may be limited so please register in advance by clicking on the links. Note the new online webinar option:

Wasatch Front Grant Workshop on May 1, 2017 from 2-4 pm in Salt Lake City –Full!
Wasatch Back Grant Workshop on May 3, 2017 from 10 am-12 noon in Heber
Northern Utah Grant Workshop on May 4, 2017 from 2-4 pm in Logan –Full!
Eastern Utah Grant Workshop on May 8, 2017  from 1-3 pm in Vernal
Central Utah Grant Workshop on May 9, 2017 from 10 am-12 noon in Green River
South Central Utah Grant Workshop on May 10, 2017 from 10 am – 12 noon in Tropic
South Western Utah Grant Workshop on May 11, 2017 from 10 am – 12 noon in Washington –Full!
ONLINE Grant Webinar on May 16 from 9:30-11 am –Register now!
 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.

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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