APPLICATIONS DUE JUNE 2, 2023 @ 5:00 p.m.

The Project Support Grant Program is designed to fund individuals, groups, and nonprofit organizations for specific arts projects and programs taking place in Salt Lake City. Concerts, performances, festivals, workshops, symposiums, exhibitions, and readings are examples of projects eligible for funding through Project Support grants.

Grant Amounts: $500 – $8,000

Application Opens: May 1, 2023
Application Closes: June 2, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Grant Program Orientations
May 3, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.
May 12, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.

Click Here to View Grant Orientation Video
Click Here to View Grant Program Guidelines
Click Here to View Grant Application Questions

We aim to distribute approximately $73,000 in this grant category to an undetermined number of applicants by September 2023. Grants will be made in the following amounts; $500- $8,000 and will be distributed based on adherence to the Evaluation Criteria. We anticipate a high number of competitive submissions to this program. Applicants are encouraged to adhere to the Evaluation Criteria whenever possible to maximize their score. 

Arts Learning Enhancement Funding (ALE) is available to fund components of your project or program that focus on arts education for youth ages 3-18. ALE requests will be combined with the Project Support application. There will be one question related to Arts Learning within the application that will be scored to determine the level of ALE funding.

Projects must occur between September 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024 for this grant.

Applicants may only submit one application annually to the City Arts Grants Program. You cannot receive both a Project Support Grant and a General Operating Support Grant. There are no exceptions to this guideline, however, additional grant opportunities may become available and eligibility criteria and limitations will be made clear within those grant guidelines.

To be eligible for a Project Support grant, the applicant must:

  1. Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization OR individual artist OR group of artists;
    • All projects, whether facilitated by an organization, individual artist, or group of artists, must include community engagement activities, outreach efforts, or demonstrate social, educational, cultural, and/or economic relevance for the community. The Arts Council does not offer artists’ fellowships or awards.
  2. All projects and programs must occur within Salt Lake City (review Salt Lake City boundaries here:;
  3. Have matching funds for the requested amount of at least 1:1. This match can be through cash, earned income, private or public support, or through a combination of these sources. In-kind support cannot be used as part of the match;
  4. Perform services within the grant cycle beginning no earlier than September 1, 2023 and ending no later than August 31, 2024;
  5. If awards have been received in previous years, applicants must be in good standing prior to submitting future requests to the Salt Lake City Arts Council.

City Arts Grants cannot be awarded to:

  1. Projects already completed prior to the grant cycle;
  2. Programs or travel outside of Salt Lake City;
  3. For-profit business, such as a corporation or LLC;
  4. Deficit reduction;
  5. Fundraising and benefit events;
  6. Capital expenditures;
  7. Programs and services must be open to the public and not restricted to members only;
  8. Projects which have already been funded by the Salt Lake City Arts Council;
  9. Research projects that do not contain an immediate and direct benefit to the community;
  10. Organizations and projects that receive direct financial support of 50% or more of the overall project or organizational budget from Salt Lake City Corporation.

For projects that occur September 1, 2023 through August 31,2024

  • Application Opens: May 1, 2023
  • Application Closes: Wednesday, June 2, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.  
  • Salt Lake City Arts Council Committee Review Process: Summer 2023
  • Salt Lake City Arts Council Board Meeting: August 2023
  • Written Grant Notification: September 2023
  • Grant Agreement Form Acceptance: September 2023 
  • First Grant Distribution of 50% of award: October 1, 2023
  • Final Grant Distribution: Upon completion and review of the final report.

All applications will be scored in accordance with our scoring rubric, found HERE

Project Support
The breakdown of available points is as follows; 

  • Core Criteria: 30 Points Available
  • Budget: 10 Points Available
  • Total Weighted Points: 40 Points Available

Arts Learning Enhancement

  • Total Points: 5 Points Available

All applicants must submit a detailed budget using the provided budget template, found here. 

The budget should include clear detail on the income and expenses associated with this project. This does not include personal or organizational income that does not directly relate to this project. 

The final budget form must be uploaded to the application as an Excel document.

  • The budget must balance: Total income must equal total expenses.

A balanced budget demonstrates your ability to administer and implement the proposed program.

  • Budgets must present matching funds for the requested amount of at least 1:1.
    • This match can come from cash, earned income, private or public support, or a combination of these sources.
    • Match cannot be met with funds from Salt Lake City Corporation (ACE grant support, etc.).
    • Match cannot be met with in kind donations.
  • Include comments and explanations in the spreadsheet. Think of this portion of the application as a complement to the narrative.
  • Please provide a detailed budget narrative before submission, ensuring that all expenses related to this request are expended within, and in direct benefit of, Salt Lake City proper.
  • The Salt Lake City Arts Council values paying artists professional wages. Organizations that pay artists for their services will be given priority.

All questions or concerns regarding this grant program should be submitted in writing. Once submitted, please allow 2 business days for a response. Additionally, all questions and answers will be released for any applicant to see, unless such release includes sensitive personal information.

All questions and answers will be updated here as necessary.

Do I need to reside in Salt Lake City in order to receive a Project Support Grant?

  • No, you do not need to reside in Salt Lake City to apply for a Project Support Grant.  However, the project MUST take place within the city boundaries in order to receive the grant.  Please verify the location of your project HERE.

Does the public event I hold in connection with the grant need to be free to attend?

  • The public event needs to be open to the public to attend, but it does not need to be free.

From May 3, 2023 to May 26, 2023, one week before the deadline, applicants are encouraged to schedule an appointment. The purpose of this meeting is to ask questions which are not answered in the Program Guidelines or Frequently Asked Questions. We are happy to help you with any additional technical or adaptive questions or concerns you may have, as well as answer specific questions you might have regarding your materials or application.

To schedule your 25 minute appointment with the grant administrator, please click here.


If you have any questions, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions first.

If your question is not answered please contact Susan Campbell, Community Investment and Development Manager at