The Tier 2 Artist Career Empowerment Grant Program is designed to stimulate economic opportunity and benefit to both the individual artist recipient and creative entrepreneurs, as well as the arts and cultural sectors, the creative community, and the economic ecosystems of Salt Lake City. 

Grant Amounts: $500 – $2,500

All interested applicants to the Tier 2 Artist Career Empowerment Grant are required to attend one Virtual Grant Program Orientation sessions. 

The final orientation session is on March 18, 2022 at 4:30pm. If you are unable to attend this final session please send email us.

Full Guidelines and Application Questions now available.

Click Here to View Grant Program Guidelines
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This Grant Program is now open for submissions. The information on this landing page mirrors the information found in the above Guidelines. 


We aim to distribute approximately $33,750 to an undetermined number of individual artists before June 30, 2022. Grants will range from $500 – $2,500 and be distributed based on adherence to the Funding Priorities, as well as the Evaluation Criteria. We anticipate a high number of competitive submissions to this program. Applicants are encouraged to adhere to the Funding Priorities and Evaluation Criteria whenever possible to maximize their score.


The Artist Career Empowerment Grant Program is designed to stimulate economic opportunity and benefit to both the individual artist recipient and creative entrepreneurs, as well as the arts and cultural sectors, the creative community, and the economic ecosystems of Salt Lake City. 

As the Salt Lake City Arts Council, we acknowledge that our current economic conditions have disproportionately impacted our creative sector. Further, we acknowledge that Black, Indigenous, and/or other Persons of Color (BIPOC) have persisted through even greater challenges stemming from the COVID-19 Global Pandemic as well as the violence of prolonged systemic racism and inequities which exist in our industry and society at large.

This grant program will aid in Salt Lake City’s phased economic recovery efforts and provide necessary financial resources to incentivize individual artists in our creative sector. The Artist Career Empowerment Grant Program will directly contribute to a more expeditious and equitable recovery of Salt Lake City’s thriving creative economy. 

The Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Tier 2 Artist Career Empowerment Grant program is generously supported each year in the Salt Lake City Mayor’s proposed budget, which is subsequently approved by a vote of the Salt Lake City Council. The Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Grants program is designed to provide financial support for arts programs and projects in Salt Lake City.

Please read the Program Guidelines thoroughly as substantial changes have been made.  


Applications for Salt Lake Arts Council’s Tier 2 Artist Career Empowerment Grant Program must be submitted and administered by an individual artists who meets all of the following Eligibility Criteria at the time of submission: 

  1. Is a current resident of Salt Lake City;
  2. Is legally able to receive taxable income in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN);
  3. Is 18 years of age or older;
  4. Is an individual person who considers themself an artist or artisan. Artist groups/collectives are ineligible to apply as such;


Funds cannot be expended for the following activities and/or expenses: 

  1. Activities and/or expenses incurred outside of the grant timeline (Jun 1, 2022throughAug 31, 2022);
  2. Activities and/or expenses already underway;
  3. Activities and/or expenses incurred for the purposes of debt reduction; 
  4. Activities and/or expenses incurred outside of the State of Utah must be approved in writing (including online purchases);
  5. Activities and/or expenses which are sub granted in any way. Subcontracting is a permissible use which must be approved through the grant application process;
  6. Artists who have a studio or residence outside of the city limits of Salt Lake City, Utah. Please verify the address of your studio or residence using this tool


Additional eligibility and/or limitations may be added at any time with written notice to funded projects. 


The Salt Lake City Arts Council envisions that these funds are utilized by artists and creative entrepreneurs to further their individual interests and emerging or professional careers. Potential fund usage can be, but is not limited to, the following projects and programs; 

  1. Participation in an exhibit, festival, vendor showcase, craft fair, market, and other events which require funds to participate;
  2. Presenting at conferences, symposiums, artist residencies, or events related to the amplification of your creative process or product; 
  3. Facilities and Equipment expenses directly related to the advancement, enhancement, or stabilization of your creative or artistic process or product;
  4. Software and subscriptions to stay current on industry trends and interfaces; 
  5. Development and promotion of marketing and communications materials related to your work;
  6. Enrollment in professional development workshops and/or engagement with coaches or consultants to build technical, administrative, or adaptive skills;
  7. Projects which present a minimum of one public performance of the following artforms: Dance, visual art, music, theater, performance, new media (film/video/digital/web based/archives etc), social practice art; or transdisciplinary artistic media.


  • Guidelines* Released: Tuesday, Feb 22, 2022at 8:00 a.m.
    *Guidelines are subject to change until application is open for submissions.  
  • Application Opens: Tuesday, Mar 1, 2022at 8:00 a.m.  
  • Virtual Grant Program Orientation*:
    Tuesday, Feb 22, 2022at 7:30am
    Wednesday, Feb 23, 2022at 5:30pm
    Thursday, Mar 3, 2022at 12:00pm
    Friday, Mar 7, 2022at 10:00am
    Friday, Mar 18, 2022at 4:30pm
    *Your attendance is required at at least one of the orientation meetings. Advanced registration registration is required, please click here to register
  • Application Closes*: Tuesday, Mar 29, 2022at 11:59 p.m. 
    *No application submitted after this date will be accepted. Absolutely no exceptions will be made. 
  • Salt Lake City Arts Council Committee Review Process: Mar 31, 2022 through Apr 28, 2022
  • Salt Lake City Arts Council Board Meeting*: Wednesday, May 18, 2022at 5:30 p.m.
    *This meeting is a public meeting where committee recommendations will be submitted to the Board of directors for approval. Attendance is not required. 
  • Written Grant Notification*: Friday, May 20, 2022before 5:00 p.m.
    *Any and all communications will be through email. It is your responsibility to ensure that all emails from our staff and grants software are successfully delivered to an inbox you control and check daily. Failure to do so may result in termination of your grant. 
  • Grant Agreement Form Acceptance*: Friday, May 27, 2022before 5:00 p.m.
    *If granted, you must review and agree to all Grant Terms and Conditions. Failure to accept before this due date will result in termination of grant.
  • Grant Distribution of Funds: Wednesday, Jun 1, 2022
  • Final Report Due*: 30 days after expenditure of the funds or no later than August 31, 2022.


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

There will be a total of 105 points available for this grant program, however, all final point considerations will be weighted based on a total of only 100 points

The breakdown of available points is as follows; 

Core Criteria: 90 Points Available
Budget: 10 Points Available
Total Weighted Points: 100 Points Available

Additional Funding Priority Criteria:   5 Points Available*
*Supplementary Criteria represents available points for applications who are considerate of our Funding Priorities as outlined above. These points should be viewed as “extra credit” and are intended to provide supplementary points for applicants who choose to align their project proposals with our Funding Priorities. Applicants should consider how our Funding Priorities and the goals and objectives identified within their project align and clearly demonstrate accordingly within their submission. There is not an expectation that applicants attempt to receive all supplemental points. 

Total Weighted Points: 100 Points Available
Total Funding Priority Points:     5 Points Available
Grand Total Points Available: 105 Points


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

All budgets must balance. All applicants are encouraged to submit budgets which thoughtfully consider and adhere to all Funding Limitations, Additional Requirements, and Funding Priorities

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.

What does Artistic Merit/Artistic Excellence mean?

  • Artistic Excellence
    • Artistic excellence is evaluated based on the program description; a clear and concise description of the project, the goals, and the relevance to the audience or communities being served.
  • Artistic Merit
    • Importance and appropriateness of the project to the artist, audience, community and/or constituency.
    • Ability to carry out the project based on such factors as the appropriateness of the budget, the quality and clarity of the project goals and design, the resources involved, and the qualifications of the project’s personnel.
    • Potential to serve and/or reach individuals whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability, as applicable.
    • Evidence of direct compensation to artists, and/or art workers.

Can you apply for both Tier 1 or Tier 2?

  • No, you cannot apply in both Tiers, however there is an option for applicants in Tier 1 where you can select to be considered for Tier 2 if you are not funded in Tier 1. Please be aware that in order to be awarded in Tier 2 you need to be a resident of Salt Lake City.

How do I get the access code to the grant application?

  • You are required to attend a grant orientation in order to receive the access code to the grant application.  You can register for the orientation here.
  • If you have attended an orientation and still have not received the access code please email .  Please include the date you attended the orientation.

I do not live in Salt Lake City, am I still able to apply for the Tier 2 Artists Career Empowerment Grant?

  • Both residents of Salt Lake City and artists who rent or own studio space in Salt Lake City are able to apply for the Tier 2 Artist Career Empowerment Grant.  Please check your home or studio address using this link to verify that it is located in Salt Lake City.

From February 22, 2022 to March 23, 2022, six (6) days before the deadline, applicants are encouraged to schedule one (1) thirty (30) minute 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. We are administrators of the Program and, as such, we have to maintain a level of fairness to all applicants. 



The following represents priorities as identified by the Salt Lake City Arts Council which align with several strategic initiatives of Salt Lake City, including the Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Strategic plan and the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Work Plan. We acknowledge that it is highly unlikely that any single application will adhere to every priority listed below. However, we encourage the applicant to carefully consider how our Funding Priorities and the goals and objectives of your prospective project might align, and clearly demonstrate that alignment accordingly. The following Funding Priorities apply to this Grant Program:

  • All individual artists are encouraged to apply, however a portion of funds will be prioritized for and subsequently granted to individual artists who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or other Persons of Color (BIPOC);
  • Applicants who aim to strengthen their individual and entrepreneurial health and development;
  • Applicants who cultivate and build healthy partnerships in the community;
  • Applicants who demonstrate a public project or practice which is considerate of our environment and sustainable.
  • Applicants whose residency, studio space, or public project is within Council Districts 1 and 2. Please verify the Council District of your proposed project using this tool
  • Applicants whose artistic practice includes innovative art-based or creative technology or represents a substantial effort to advance arts and culture industries as a creative entrepreneur.
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