Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant
The Office of Outdoor Recreation’s Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant has been created to help build tourism in communities around the state with the construction and expansion of outdoor recreation amenities. The new trails and other outdoor recreational opportunities can also aid in 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) will be expanding in 2018 with additional funding from the Transient Room Tax (TRT). Communities and non-profits who are considering applying should connect with their local tourism director as there will be an increased emphasis on a project’s potential to increase visitation to the area. A letter of support from the local tourism office will be highly recommended for a strong application. In 2018, the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation plans to increase the value of the grant awards for larger projects.
2018 Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant Workshops
The Office of Outdoor Recreation will hold several grant workshops across the state to provide in-depth guidance for those who are considering applying. The staff of the Office of Outdoor Recreation will walk attendees through the application process and show what is needed to create a compelling project submission. Project partners of applicants are also invited to attend.
Are you still early in the process of planning your project? An outdoor Recreation planner from the National Park Service’s Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance program (RTCA) will be a guest presenter at several of the workshops. They offer a grant for free assistance to help your community to get its outdoor recreation plans on the ground.
Materials, snacks and beverages will be provided to all attendees. Workshops are completely free to attend, but registration is required. Click on links below for more information and to register.
- *February 13: 2-4 pm in Salt Lake City
- February 15: 3:30-5:30 pm in Springdale
- February 16: 10 am-12 pm in Cedar City
- *February 20: 9-11 am in Ogden
- *February 20: 2-4 pm in Logan
- *February 22: 10 am-12 pm in Provo
- *February 26: 9-11 am in Duchesne City
- *February 26: 3-5 pm in Moab
- *February 27: 11:30 am-2:30 pm in Helper City (includes lunch and a tour, group size will be limited)
*RTCA will be present
|Purpose||The project will enhance recreational opportunities and amenities in Utah’s communities|
|In 2018, award amounts will range from a minimum of $5,000 up to a maximum of $150,000.|
|Grant Period Open||Thursday, March 1-April 19, 2018|
|General Eligibility Requirements||Local or tribal governments or non-profits may apply
The built recreational infrastructure must provide an economic opportunity for the local area with the ability to attract or retain residents and/or increase the visitation to the region.
|Guidelines||The Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant 2018 Program Guide booklet will soon be available to download and review on this webpage.|
|Grant Application Deadline||Thursday, April 19, 2018 by 5 pm MST|
|Application Basics||Several narrative questions; project budget; several support materials required. Application will be online.|
|Match Component||Given as a 50/50 match. Up to 25 percent of total may be an in-kind match.|
|Assistance Available||Regional grant workshops and an online webinar will be scheduled in February/March 2018 to assist those interested in applying. Dates and locations to be announced in early January. Sign up below to be alerted when the workshops are scheduled.|
|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.
Overview of Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant:
- First Steps in Planning Your Trail or Infrastructure Project
- Quick and easy checklist of needed attachments
- 2018 Sample UORG Application
The 2017 funding cycle was able to provide funding for fourteen outdoor recreation infrastructure projects.
The 2016 funding cycle was able to provide funding for fifteen outdoor recreation infrastructure projects across the state as well as sixteen outdoor youth programs in 2016.
The pilot program in late 2015 was able to provide funding for seventeen projects 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.
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