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
Prior to the grant cycle, the Office of Outdoor Recreation holds 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 walks attendees through the application process and shows what is needed to create a compelling project submission. Project partners of applicants are also invited to attend. Materials, snacks and beverages are provided to all attendees. Workshops are completely free to attend, but often space is limited, so registration is required.
Thanks to all those who attended our 2018 grant workshops in Salt Lake City, Springdale, Cedar City, Ogden, Logan, Provo, Duschesne City, Moab and Helper. (Please contact Tara at email@example.com if you would like to host a grant workshop in your community in 2019.)
Purpose: The project will enhance recreational opportunities and amenities in Utah’s communities
Grant Size: 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 by 5 pm MST
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 2018 UORG Program Guide booklet is a great resource to download and review to get ready to apply.
Grant Application Deadline: Thursday, April 19, 2018 by 5 pm MST
Early Application Deadline (if you want your submission checked for any missing documents or information–content will not be graded): April 5, 2018 5 pm MST
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.
Overview of Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant:
- First Steps in Planning Your Trail or Infrastructure Project
- Quick and easy checklist of needed attachments
- 2018 Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant Program Guide
- 2018 Sample UORG Application
- 2018 UORG Infrastructure Budget Worksheet–(Excel) required in application
- 2018 UORG Timeline (Word)–required in application
- UORG Landowner Agreement
- UORG Budget Worksheet Example
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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