City Arts Grants

The City Arts Grants program is designed to provide financial support for arts programs and projects in Salt Lake City that merit public funding. There are five City Arts Grants Categories, each with eligibility standards, guidelines, and review criteria. The Salt Lake City Arts Council Board places a priority on those programs that best reflect the Arts Council’s mission.

City Arts Grants can support only those programs and projects which take place within Salt Lake City limits.

The City Arts Grants program is competitive and includes a rigorous application review process. A newly completed application must be submitted each year and a grant award in one year does not guarantee an award for the following year. The award of City Arts Grant funds is made at the sole discretion of the Salt Lake City Arts Council and the decision of the board is final.



Visit category webpages to learn more about each grant opportunity and to access the 2019-2020 guidelines.

Applications will be available Monday, February 18, 2019


City Arts Grant Categories

Artist-in-the-Classroom grants provide funding for elementary schools in the Salt Lake City School District to support the placement of professional artists in the classroom.
Deadline to submit an application: Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

Arts Learning grants support arts learning activities that reach youth of all means, backgrounds, and abilities in Salt Lake City. The funding for this category is intended to recognize the value of providing access and exposure to a wide variety of quality arts experiences and art forms for Salt Lake City’s youth.
Deadline to submit an application: Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

General Support grants assist arts organizations with general operating expenses. Organizations must demonstrate high quality arts programming, be located in Salt Lake City, and operate with paid administrative staff.
Deadline to submit an application: Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

Project Support grants are awarded to individual artists and nonprofit organizations for specific arts projects occurring in Salt Lake City. Exhibits, concerts, performances, festivals, workshops, and readings are examples of projects eligible for funding through this category.
Deadline to submit an application: Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

Mini Grants provide an opportunity for limited funding requests from nonprofit organizations. Funds are awarded to applicants providing art projects that may arise during the year and which are determined to be of value to the community. Grant awards will be $500. The Mini Grant category is not an alternative for submitting late applications or missing deadlines in other categories. Organizations may apply only once a year.
Deadlines to submit an application:

Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 5:00 p.m.   For projects occurring September 2019-August 2020
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 5:00 p.m.   For projects occurring December 2019-August 2020
Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 5:00 p.m.   For projects occurring March 2020-August 2020
Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 5:00 p.m.   For projects occurring June 2020-August 2020



Previous years awardees:

2018-2019 awarded City Arts Grants

2017-2018 awarded City Arts Grants

2016-2017 awarded City Arts Grants

2015-2016 awarded City Arts Grants



Applying for a City Arts Grant


Each City Arts Grant category has its own eligibility standards, guidelines, review criteria, and deadline. Review the grant descriptions and select the appropriate category. PLEASE BE SURE TO THOROUGHLY REVIEW THE GRANT GUIDELINES PRIOR TO STARTING YOUR APPLICATION TO ENSURE ELIGIBILITY.


View a review of the guidelines and application and tips on completing an application in this online video:



To create an account, go to the City Arts Grant online application system here: ONLINE GRANT PROCESS

Follow the steps to complete an account. Be sure to select one login email address and password for your organization. This email and password will be used for all of your organization’s application submissions.




Guidelines for all grant categories, the date when applications will be available online, as well as the deadlines for submission will be posted in January of each year.


For additional information on completing an online application, please view the following instructional video:



Contact Kelsey Ellis with any grant question. (801) 596-5000




* Photo courtesy of The Mundi Project