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About ZAP

The mission of the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program is to enhance Salt Lake County resident and visitor experiences through art, cultural, historical, and recreational offerings. The Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program was voted on and passed by Salt Lake County residents in 1996, awarding its first grants in 1997. Every 10 years, the ZAP Program is placed on the ballot for County residents to vote for the program's renewal. The percentage of supporting voters continues to increase with each renewal cycle due to the successful reach and impact of the ZAP Program and the organizations it funds.

How does ZAP work?

For each purchase in Salt Lake County that includes sales tax, one (1) penny of every $10 spent goes to providing grants to over 200 nonprofit organizations in the community.

ZAP primarily offers three categories of grant funding to art, cultural and botanical organizations: Tier I, Tier II, and Zoological. Each application is reviewed by the corresponding ZAP Advisory Board using a specific set of scoring criteria.

View our list of Disciplines Eligible for ZAP Funding to view what types of organizations we fund.

ZAP is also dedicated to the advancement of Local Arts Agencies and Recreation projects in Salt Lake County.

Funding History

ZAP Funding History 1997 - 2023*

In November, 1996, Salt Lake County voters approved a ballot initiative designed to fund local recreational facilities as well as botanical, cultural and zoological organizations. On January 1, 1997, the county began collecting one additional penny on every ten dollars spent within Salt Lake County. For a complete funding history in PDF format click on the links below. For a comprehensive list of all grantees, please contact ZAP staff.

* Approved by the Salt Lake County Council

Year Tier I Tier II Zoological
2023   $3,412,184  
2022 $ 16,477,830.18 $2,645,932 $5,858,789.13
2021 $14,678,811.66 $2,455,850 $5,219,133.98
2020 $12,282,994.54 $2,347,400 $4,367,288.56
2019 $11,829,467.54 $2,381,825 $4,206,036.45
2018 $11,311,626.08 $2,207,800 $4,021,914.47
2017 $10,556,120.44 $1,982,900 $3,753,289.00
2016 $10,739,078.01 $1,910,450 $2,664,170.05
2015 $10,284,064.87 $1,804,150 $2,551,289.72
2014 $9,745,598.23 $1,752,000 $2,417,705.90
2013 $9,298,498.98 $1,718,652.32 $2,306,788.67
2012 $9,057,097.00 $1,672,063.23 $2,246,901.19
2011 $8,140,308.00 $1,549,688.29 $2,019,462.00
2010 $7,869,574.52 $1,466,479.85 $1,952,298.53
2009 $7,863,553.64 $1,439,000.00 $1,950,804.86
2008 $8,841,068.60 $1,633,902.87 $2,193,308.58
2007 $10,385,885.42 $2,002,182.81 $2,576,549.59
2006 $9,678,746.36 $1,782,275.54 $2,401,121.21
2005 $9,174,244.18 $873.737.54 $2,184,343.85
2004 $8,437,200.83 $819,500.00 $2,008,827.34
2003 $7,952,920.25 $761,050.00 $1,868,336.61
2002 $8,021,906.73 $759,292.00 $1,909,976.65
2001 $8,112,670.63 $918,548.00 $1,931,588.25
2000 $8,118,477.56 $777,677.00 $1,932,970.85
1999 $7,678,407.30 $701,888.50 $1,828,140.06
1998 $7,443,655.46 $643,742.00 $1,772,298.92
1997 $6,679,658.53 $571,792.71 $1,590,396.03
A group of children at a picnic. A group of children at a picnic.

ZAP Parks & Recreation

30% of the annual ZAP Tax Revenues goes to support the Salt Lake County department of Parks & Recreation.

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