About 20 Summit County organizations are likely to receive a combined grant of $1.2 million under the 2022 cycle of the Recreation, Arts and Parks (RAP) Tax Grant Program.
Summit County Council appeared set to authorize the distribution of funds on Wednesday following recommendations of the county’s RAP Cultural Advisory Committee, but consistency concerns delayed the final vote.
This year, 23 candidates requested nearly $2 million in total. With $1.2 million in grants available, the committee initially recommended 21 organizations for funding, but the county council asked that two requests be denied due to late financial reports from last year’s cycle. Approximately $8.8 million in arts and recreation promotion grants were distributed in 2021.
The county rule is that organizations that file financial reports late incur a 10% penalty the following grant year and reports submitted after December 17, 2021 are automatically disqualified. Committee members told the county council that they awarded a grant to two applicants, the Park City Museum and Mountain Town Music, despite delayed reports. said unique circumstances prevented the Park City Museum from submitting the information on time and granted funding to the organization. Mountain Town Music was also late in reporting and reportedly received a 10% reduction in the grant.
The county council was split on whether the two late filing bodies should be considered for approval given that the Restaurant Tax Advisory Committee rejected two applicants for the same reason and ultimately decided to exclude them this year. The elected officials asked the PAR committee to redistribute the funds allocated to the organizations, which totaled $172,000, to other requests.
The committee will soon appear before the county council for final approval once it determines how to reallocate the grant money.
Nominations are ranked according to three criteria based on artistic and cultural vibrancy, public interest and awareness, and organizational capacity. Organizations can earn up to 15 points based on the quality of their project in each category, from non-competitive to outstanding. Using the ranking system, along with interviews and presentations, the committee makes a final recommendation to the county council on how grant funds should be raised.
Summit County voters approved the RAP tax in 2000 and renewed it in 2010 as well as 2020. It is a 0.10% sales tax on certain property used to support the financing of artistic and recreational opportunities in Summit County. Eligible entrants must work in arts education, dance, history, music, visual arts, theater, folk arts, or related pursuits. It must be a registered non-profit organization or a city or county cultural council, such as the Park City and Summit County Arts Council.
Funding requests this year ranged from $8,000 to $225,000, but many applicants did not receive as much money as they requested to distribute.
Among the recipients recommended to receive the most funding are radio station KPCW, which could receive $110,000 for the production of two shows focusing on arts and culture, hosting the Back Alley Bash and general operating expenses. of its programming, as well as the Egyptian Theater, which is eligible to receive $90,000 for general administration, performance and production costs, box office operations, school outreach, and the YouTheatre program. The Kimball Art Center could receive $95,000 to use for artist-in-residence programs, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, school outreach and more.
The Park City Film Council and the Sundance Institute are two other recommended recipients. Organizations could receive $96,000 and $88,000 respectively to help with operations and maintenance and community programming. Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter was initially approved for $88,000 to be allocated towards salaries, general administration, educational programs and costs associated with exhibits.
The grants committee also recommended funding for the Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation, which could receive $86,000, and the Park City Institute, which could receive $80,000. The organizations plan to use the funds for day-to-day operations, creating educational programs, providing exhibits and more.
The Park City and Summit County Arts Council is eligible to receive $85,000 in RAP tax funds to be used for collections and exhibits, contracted services, performance and production, general administration and salaries. Another $85,000 could go to the Deer Valley Music Festival and the Utah Symphony for production costs. The Park Silly Sunday Market will also receive approximately $30,000 to allocate to featured artist booths, performances and productions.
Committee members commended North Summit Unite, community and historical organization Echo, and the Kamas Valley History Group for making substantial progress on their goals of bringing arts and parks related programs into their communities.
North Summit Unite was recommended to receive $30,000 for programming, office expenses and contract services. The group plans to host an event in mid-September that will encourage Summit County residents and visitors to learn about and celebrate the North Summit community. The organization hopes to become an annual gathering.
The Echo Community and Historical Organization and the Kamas Valley History Group could receive $9,500 and $8,500, respectively, to help maintain and improve historic sites, host events and fund other general operating expenses.
Ballet West was another organization recommended for funding. It was allocated $30,000 to support various programming and performances as well as administration and digital content costs. The unrelated Ballet Next may also receive $10,000 for performance and production, guest artist fees and some salaries.
RAP tax funds could also go to the Park City Chamber Music Society, which is expected to receive $15,000 for performances and outreach activities in the county. The grants committee also recommended that $5,000 be given to the Summit County Public Art Advisory Board to maintain the piano program in public spaces as well as performances and an additional $12,000 for the Latin Arts Festival. .
The list of recommendations provided before the county council meeting did not indicate which organizations had applied for funding and had not received any. Committee members said Wednesday that two applications were not recommended for grants due to concerns about lack of specificity in funding applications and interviews, but they were encouraged to apply again next year.