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Capital Grant Requests to Utah Legislature

Utah Capitol BuildingArts organizations and museums now have a formal process to request state financial assistance for capital facilities projects. You should apply for prioritization of your capital facilities project funding through Utah Arts & Museums. Applications of your request will be forward to the appropriate board, either the Office of Museum Services Advisory Board or the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors. Each board will then provide the Governor’s Office and State Legislature a list of prioritized capital facilities projects for consideration when constructing state budgets.

Capital project funding requests are separate from grants reviewed/approved by the Office of Museum Services Advisory Board or the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors and administered by Utah Arts & Museums. The deadline for these requests is June 1 for the upcoming Utah Legislative Session (i.e., June 1, 2015 for the 2016 Legislative Session).

House Bill 236 Information

In 2009, the state legislature enacted H.B. 236 which changed the statutory duties of the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors and the Office of Museum Services Advisory Board. These statutory changes provides a mechanism for communities and community-based cultural organizations to request state financial assistance for capital projects. These boards will review applications for capital project funding requests and rank them based on the goals of the applicant, public benefit of the proposed project, and the strategic value of the project’s partnerships.

Prioritization of an application is not a guarantee of funding. That decision is ultimately up to the legislature. It does, however, provide the Governor’s Office and legislative fiscal analysts another level of review by subject-matter experts and allows applicants to secure validation of their efforts.

Application Process

You will enter capital facilities project request for prioritization through Utah Arts & Museums’ online grant system. If you have previously applied for any funding with us, use your existing username/password and select “Grant Opportunities” on the right side of the Grant Applications bar. First-time users follow the steps listed below. If you have questions or need assistance with the online grants process, please contact Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager, at or 801.236.7550.

  • Click HERE for instructions to request capital facilities funding from the State of Utah.
  • To apply for a Utah Arts & Museums grant, select “,” which will bring up the log-in page. Bookmark this page so you can easily find it again.
  • If you have applied for a Utah Arts & Museums grant before, enter your username and password here. If you have not click on “new user” to request portal access.
  • You should receive an email confirming your registration.
  • After logging in, click on “Apply.”
  • Click on the grant opportunity titled “FY16 Capital Facilities Funding Opportunity.” Click “apply” to start an application, and follow the instructions.
  • You can save your application in progress by clicking “save draft” on any page and once saved, you can exit and return to the application as many times as you like before the deadline. After the deadline, you will no longer be able to work on the application. Some find it easiest to edit their questions in a word processor, and then cut and paste their answers into the application.
  • Once you press the SUBMIT button, the application is locked and you will no longer be able to view or edit your application. To unlock the application, please contact the grants administrator, Laurel Cannon Alder, at or 801.236.7550.

Budget Form

Please click HERE to download the budget form to use when applying for capital facilities funding.