UA&M COVID-19 Emergency Funding

Create In Utah

“Create In Utah,” approved in HB 5010 by the Utah Legislature during their June 18 special session, provides $9 million in grants to arts organizations with annual budgets of more than $5 million. The funding, which comes from the federal CARES Act, is targeted for programs that boost tourism and help local economies recover. Organizations that are granted money through this program are not eligible to receive additional funding through Utah Arts & Museums during FY21.

Applications for “Create In Utah” will open on July 13, 2020 and close on August 7, 2020. Applications will be reviewed by a committee made up of UA&M staff and board members, as well as key leaders in the cultural community. Expenditures must be made by December 30, 2020.

The $9M allocated for “Create In Utah” is intended to promote travel and tourism in the state. The bill states: “Recipients shall offer or propose to offer, on or before December 30, 2020, a cultural, artistic, botanical, recreational, or zoological activity in the state.”

Other Funding

Cultural organizations with annual budgets of less than $5 million may qualify for other CARES funding. More information can be found here. Several Utah counties and cities are also announcing CARES Act funding. Please check with your city or county to see what may be available to your organization.

Cultural organizations that do not qualify for “Create In Utah” funding can receive funding through Utah Arts & Museums' FY21 General Operating Support Grants. This will free up to $1 million from Utah Arts & Museums General Operating Support Grants that would have gone to larger organizations, allowing those funds to be distributed to cultural organizations with budgets under $5M.

Here is a link to a CARES Act tracking spreadsheet. This is a template that organizations receiving CARES Act funding may find useful. It is a tool to track expenses to ensure your organization is using CARES Act funds appropriately and to ensure the same expenses are not paid more than once.