In addition to being one of Utah’s most effective recruiting tools, outdoor recreation helps grow Utah’s economy and communities. Some counties, cities and towns capitalize on local outdoor recreation amenities to attract tourists to the region. Other communities find that having nearby outdoor recreation opportunities add to local citizens’ quality of life, help attract new residents, and can increase local property values. Businesses, especially high-tech firms, consider outdoor recreation access “absolutely vital” to attract high-value employees. Through our grant programs, the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation hopes to support the mission of ensuring Utahns can live a healthy and active lifestyle through outdoor recreation.

Bonneville Shoreline Trail Grant

In the 2021 General Session of the Utah State Legislature, $5 million was appropriated to further the progress of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. The Bonneville Shoreline Trail Grant consists of two separate grant programs, land acquisition and trail/trailhead construction. Matching funds are required to be considered eligible to receive these funds. A 20% applicant match is needed for land acquisition and a 50% match is needed for trail/trailhead construction. Following the intent of the legislature, the early priority awarding of these funds will be given to projects located in Salt Lake County. However, additional counties within the Bonneville Shoreline Trail network will be considered if sufficient demand is not shown.

Pre-Application Dates: 

July 2nd – August 1st at 11:30PM

Official Grant Cycle: 

Opens – August 2nd at 9AM (MST) Closes – August 30th at 5:00PM (MST)

Contact Tara McKee (tmckee@utah.gov) or Patrick Morrison (patrickmorrison@utah.gov) for more information. 

2021 Grant Programs

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Heber City River ProjectUtah Outdoor Recreation Grant (UORG) Tier 1 is for new outdoor recreation infrastructure projects and helps communities build recreation amenities that support local economic  development and funds projects from $10,001-$150,000. Learn more here.

UORG – Regional Asset Tier funds up to $500,000 for large projects with a total value of at least $2 million.

UORG – Mini-Grant is ideal for smaller projects. The grant award funds between $500-$10,000. If your project requires only a small investment to complete your project, the mini-grant may be a good fit.

Recreation Restoration Infrastructure Grant (RRI) –  funds are awarded to restore high-use and high-priority trails or repair or replace other types of developed recreation infrastructure on public lands. RRI grants are offered from $5,000-$150,000.

Utah Outdoor Classroom Grant – awards up to $10,000 to community-based non-profit organizations or publicly funded K-12 schools to help get Utah’s K-12 students outside— to learn, gain a skill, and enjoy the outdoors! View the Outdoor Classroom Design Guide.

2021 Grant cycle for all OOR grants: Opens Jan. 20, 2021, and closes March 19, 2021, at 5 p.m. (MST)

Grant Resources

Timeline Templates

Planning Resources

Outdoor Classroom Toolkit