The Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement is seeking applications for its Cultural Organization Capital Investment Grant Program to invest in capital projects for cultural facilities in Utah.
The facility must house an arts organization or a museum, or in review be determined eligible as a cultural institution. If a project involves historical renovation of a building, it must be a building that is used for arts or cultural institution or a museum. Project-related facilities must be publicly owned or owned by a nonprofit organization and the public must be able to access the venue as visitors or constituents.
- First Priority will be given to new construction, projects that demonstrate existing building/structural components that are in critical condition, and/or repairs or replacements to existing interior systems that are necessary for health and safety reasons. Additionally, projects that can be moved ahead quickly so that the funding can be allocated and spent within the timeframe. Additional priorities include:
- Project applications that show the compelling need for the capital investment will be given priority
- Projects that specifically help to keep a museum collection safe
- Investments in historic renovations of buildings that hold cultural institutions
- Projects that embed public artist(s’) work as part of the total project.
- Requests to upgrade a facility to provide or improve ADA
- Small grant requests from organizations in rural Utah with little or no other support to upgrade things such as HVAC or faulty wiring upgrades will be given priority.
- Note: The purchase of high efficiency heating and cooling systems (Energy Star) for the approved replacement equipment is encouraged to promote energy conservation.
- Second Priority will be given to funding for Public Art Installations, exhibition redesign or exhibition construction.
- Third Priority will be given to requests for interior finishes/remodels. These requests may not receive funding due to the projected number of applications and availability of funds.
A total of $2,000,000 is budgeted for this program. Most grants are expected to range from $50,000 to $150,000, although grant requests of up to $350,000 will be considered. Smaller grants will also be considered based on the total requested project size. Grants will be awarded based on funds available and alignment with priorities.
- For projects that total over $50,000, Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UA&M) will fund no more than 30% of the total projected amount with a maximum possible award of $350,000 (i.e. if the request is for a renovation that is $100,000, this grant will not fund more than $30,000)
- For projects up to $50,000 total, this grant may be used to fund the entire capital project (i.e. if an HVAC system costs $22,000, this grant could be awarded for $22,000).
What this cannot Fund?
- Buildings owned and/or operated by for-profit businesses
- Religious organizations
- Fiscally sponsored projects (the application must come from the 501(c)(3) or government entity that will be using the funds).
- Vehicle purchases
- Heavy equipment or machinery purchase whose primary use is not involved in the creation of artistic or cultural works
- Contract work or purchases that have already taken place
- This grant will not fund routine capital maintenance such as Operations and Maintenance, exterior and interior repainting; resurfacing building walls and floors; resurfacing parking areas; replacing folding walls, or landscaping.
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
- Municipalities, government agencies
- Federally recognized tribal communities or tribes
For more information, visit https://artsandmuseums.utah.gov/project-grants/