Information about COVID-19 grants, loans and programs

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.

2021 Grant Programs

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