Tier I & Zoological and Tier II applications are now open. Tier II applications are due March 31, 2017 by 3 PM. Plus, check out the stories and successes of ZAP-funded orgs.
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Tier I + Zoo Updates
  • The Tier I & Zoological 2018 application is now open. Begin an application in ZoomGrants today.
  • Applications are due Friday, May 12 at 3 PM
  • RSVP for the Tier I & Zoological workshop onApril 14 at 9 AM
  • Your 2016 reconciliation letters will be sent to you by the end of this month.
  • We are working on your 2017 contracts. We will notify you as soon as these are ready to sign.  
Tier II  Updates
  • 2017 Applications are now open. The deadline is March 31 at 3 PM (MST)There are new questions on the application. We suggest you begin early.
  • Did you miss the application workshop? View our webinar.
  • 2015 Evaluations are due March 31. If you received funding from your 2015 application, you will need to fill out this evaluation to be considered for future funding. 
Tier II  Updates

Explore Your World

With the new Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks Kids Summer Passport, you will EXPLORE YOUR WORLD like never before. Discover new places this Summer 2017.


We asked children around Salt Lake County what zoo, arts and parks mean to them. Children from across the county submitted designs through their local library. We got a lot of great designs. The top three finalists are listed on our website. Help us choose the art for the cover of our new kids summer passport. Pick your favorite design and use the form to vote. The design with the most votes wins! The winner will be announced on March 13. Good luck! 

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Love UT Give UT 2017

Community Foundation of Utah

When: March 30, 2017 

Love UT Give UT 2017 is live!  You can register your nonprofit for the March 30, 2017 event by clicking here and start planning for the BIG day! The deadline to register is March 15th.

All organizations must register for 2017 even if your organization registered in past years.
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Tea & A Tour with Josh Perkins from The BBoy Federation

Salt Lake Emerging Arts Professionals 

When: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: HERC: 2505 S State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-3109
Cost: Free

Emerging arts professionals in Salt Lake are invited to participate in a backstage tour of the new home of The Bboy Federation. Join us for a short discussion (and tea!) afterwards with Josh Perkins.
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World War I Commemorative Events

The Division of State History | Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs

The Division of State History is working with the Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs, Representative Steve Handy, and others to highlight World War I commemorative events over the next 18 months around the state. Please let them know if you are aware of any events that they can post on a website calendar.
They need the date, time, location, cost (if any), and a brief description of any event.
They will kick off this statewide WWI commemorative effort on April 6, 2017 at the state capitol. As details are finalized for this event, they will let you know. They can promise a brass band, inspiring speakers, historic artifacts, and a moving experience on April 6.
Thank you for your assistance. Feel free to contact Kevin Fayles, Assistant Director of Operations with the Uah Division of State History, with any questions. 
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Zoo, Arts and Parks has a growing blog! Be a part of building a large archive of stories about your work and the personal impact of arts, culture and recreation! Share your story. We are currently looking for blog posts to go live on the following dates:
  • June 7
  • June 21
  • June 28
  • July 5
  • And beyond!
If you're interested in contributing, please contact Megan Attermann to discuss the details and schedule a date.

Cat in the Hat knows a lot about ZAP
By Kristin Jahne | Discovery Gateway Children's Museum

Springtime is filled with fun and literacy at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum! We’re kicking off the season with a full day of reading, play, and Dr. Seuss!

Discovery Gateway will turn into Seussville on March 2, complete with Seuss-tastic classes, a Hop on Pop Jump-a-Thon, a Dr. Seuss & Friends photo booth, and more! Plus, there will be special surprise visits from the one- and- only Cat in the Hat!

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In the Dirt with Wasatch Community Gardens
By Benjamin Luks-Morgan | Wasatch Community Gardens

Fresh, spring greens and radishes: that's what March brings, no matter whether it comes in like a lion or goes out like a lamb! The ground is thawing and shoots are sprouting, so it's time to start getting our hands dirty in earnest. All of Wasatch Community Garden’s programs are already out in the dirt getting their 2017 season started.

The crew at the GREEN TEAM Farm have been marching forth into farm season, with nearly 4,500 starts in soil blocks happily growing in the nursery greenhouse.  Three inches of compost made last fall have been top dressed onto the front 3/4 acre, cool crops have been sown, and now the focus is on building the rest of the beds on the rear half of the farm.  With some mighty cold days in February hopefully behind us, we'll begin harvesting this month and hopefully declare it spring!

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Taylor Mac: Art and Social Justice
By Dennis Busch | UtahPresents

This January, UtahPresents showcased one of the most talked about theatre experiences of the year - Taylor Mac’s “A 24 Decade History of Popular Music.” The performance was part of UtahPresents’ mission to provide a diverse range of perspectives and voices in our community and world. 

Mac, who has created internationally award-winning performance events that both provoke and embrace his audiences, used his 24-hour concert in New York to examine American history through the lens of popular music of each decade. The day-long concert was a critical success, evoking strong responses from audiences and media alike. Mac was named to the Out 100 2016, calling the performance, “the greatest theatrical feat ever.” Wesley Morris, critic-at-large for the New York Times hailed the performance as one “one of the great experiences of my life. I’ve slept on it and I’m sure.”

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A successful blog post includes:
  • Four to five images
  • About 700 words
  • A short, snappy title
  • A short, two to three sentence bio of the author
  • An engaging story
Blog posts are not press releases. Think about starting your post with a relevant and/or personal story. Storytelling is a great way to grab a reader's attention. People love watching (or reading about) other people. Make it personal. 
We all love #ZAPTicketTuesday!

Thank you to the following ZAP-funded organizations for donating tickets for our giveaways this past month: Several organizations have donated tickets through April 2. Thank you! We look forward to highlighting your organizations in the coming weeks!

If you're interested in donating, we are currently seeking donations for the following giveaway dates:
  • May 16
  • May 23
  • May 30
  • June 6
  • And beyond!
Please keep in mind that giveaways usually take place 3 to 4 weeks before your event. This gives us time to create the entry form and mail the tickets to the winner(s). Prior to sending any tickets, please contact Megan Attermann to discuss scheduling a giveaway date and other logistics. We greatly appreciate early inquiries. If there are any events in 2017 that you would like to donate tickets for, feel free to schedule those giveaways with Megan now.

(Note: our giveaways are hosted on Tuesdays, but your event may occur any day.)