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Grant Forms

Utah Arts & Museums awards over $1 Million dollars in grants every year to support and assist arts organizations, cultural organizations, and museums across the state of Utah. Grant opportunities are available for schools and educators, nonprofit organizations, local arts agencies/municipalities, and artists. Grant funding is provided by the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts. Grants are competitive and panel-reviewed. Bring us your great ideas!

Grant opportunities are available for schools and educators, nonprofit organizations, local arts agencies/municipalities and artists. All grant applications must be submitted online. Registration is required to access grant applications and can be completed online at any time.

New to our online grants system? Call or email to request a new user profile, Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager, at 801-236-7550 or or Racquel Cornali, Community Arts Coordinator, at 801-236-7541 or

Final Reports are due August 1st

To fill out your final report, please return to the website where you applied for the grant,  Your username is your email address and if you have forgotten your password, you can have a temporary password sent to you from the site. Once on the site, select “UPDATE”, then click on the application for the grant you applied for. There you can select “NEW FINAL REPORT” where you will fill it out and submit it online. If you need additional information about filling out the Final Report, you may watch our video.

Funding History

Office of Museum Services and Utah Arts Council Board-Approved Grants – FY14

Office of Museum Services and Utah Arts Council Board-Approved Grants – FY15

Office of Museum Services and Utah Arts Council Board-Approved Grants – FY16

Applying for Grants?

Visit to access your online application. Please make sure to view the grant guidelines prior to starting your online application to ensure eligibility.

DUNS Number

All applicants are required to have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, a unique nine-digit identification number provided by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and required for all applicants for federal grants and cooperative agreements. DUNS numbers are required for our regional and federal reports and help us track Utah’s creative vitality. Obtaining a DUNS number is absolutely free for all entities securing the number to apply for grants. In any correspondence with D&B, be sure to identify yourself as a grant applicant. For a downloadable .pdf on applying for a DUNS number, click HERE.

Grant Budget Forms

Please download the appropriate budget form when applying for Utah Arts & Museums grants.

FY17 General Operating Budget – FOR: Capacity Building, Sustainability I & II, Local Arts Agency Grants

Arts Project Budget Form –  FOR: Arts Project A & B Grant

FY17 Museum Project Budget Form – FOR: Museum Project Tier I & II

*For the Arts Education Artist-in-Residence and Arts Education Project budget forms, click HERE.

Utah Museums State Performance Goals

The museum performance goals program encourages museums to reach new standards of excellence through a self-study that covers eight vital museum programs: purpose and structure, staff, finance, facilities, collections and conservation, exhibitions, education and public relations. If you have trouble opening the worksheet, please make certain that you have the latest version of Adobe Reader

State Performance Goals

State Performance Goals Worksheet

Evaluation Forms

Successful applicants must submit a final report to Utah Arts & Museums no later than August 1. To access the final report, log in to the online grants portal at, select “update,” and click on the document icon to the far right of the grant name.

The submitted final report will be considered by the panel as part of your next application.

For the Arts Education FY15 grant report forms, click HERE.

Fiscal Sponsorship

A fiscal sponsor can make it possible for an organization to apply for grants without having its own 501(c)(3) designation. Please review our Fiscal Sponsor Rules.

Charitable Solicitation Permit

Unless otherwise exempt, all organizations that solicit funds for a charitable purpose are required by Utah law to register as a charitable organization with the Utah Division of Consumer Protection. Before you can submit an application (if you are not a government agency or educational institution or otherwise exempt), you must provide a copy of your current Charitable Solicitation Permit.  If you have questions about whether this applies to your organization or not, you can read the law, or contact the Department of Consumer Protection.

NowPlayingUtah is the comprehensive one-stop source for arts and cultural events, performances, Printexhibitions, sports and recreation throughout the state of Utah. All grantees (except schools) are required to post their activities on This is a free service.


Contact Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager, at or 801-236-7550 or
Racquel Cornali, Community Arts Coordinator, at or 801-236-7541.

Arts Day on the Hill


Join us for the fifth annual Arts Day on the Hill on February 9, 2016. Patrons and leaders of the arts and humanities will meet and talk with their state senators and representatives in the Capitol Rotunda. Be among the arts-interested individuals and organizations that will gather to celebrate the arts and meet with their state representatives. Contact David Wicai at 801-236-7547 for more information.

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We encourage you to reach out to your legislators now and introduce yourself before the session begins. Let them know you’ll be coming to the Capitol on February 9th and you hope to meet with them. Click here to find your legislator.

Pre-Advocacy Day Events Begin on February 8th, 2016 at Arts Hub, SLC

  • 2-4pm Legislature Captain Training
  • 4pm Grassroots Advocacy Training (Open to all)
  • 5:30pm Dine O’Rounds (Meet at Arts Hub)

Advocacy Day is on February 9th, 2016 at Capitol Hill Rotunda

  • 8:30am Check-In
  • 9-10am Training
  • 10am-1pm Meet with Legislators

Helpful Resources

Why Are the Arts Important?

Here’s a video from Arts Day 2014…


Fellowships for Visual Arts Excellence in Utah

Each year, two $10,000 Fellowships are awarded to individual visual artists to acknowledge their artistic excellence and encourage their careers. Artists practicing in a variety of media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, craft, and new genres are eligible. Fellowship awards do not require matching funds.

Applying artists must demonstrate professionalism in their practice through quality images and documentation. Artists must be Utah residents not enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program.

Fellowships applications are open January 1 – February 1, 2016. Apply HERE. 

2016 Fellowship Guidelines

2016 Visual Art Fellowship Juror

JoAnne Northrup is the Director of Contemporary Art Initiatives at the Nevada Museum of Art. In 2011 Northrup was Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the ZKM Center for Art + Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. As Chief Curator (2008-2011) and Senior Curator (2001-2008) at the San Jose Museum of Art, she curated and authored the first nationally touring survey exhibitions and monographs on contemporary media artists Jennifer Steinkamp (2006) and Leo Villareal (2010). Northrup received a B.A. in Art History from the University of California Santa Barbara and an M.A. from the University of Southern California’s Art History/Museum Studies Program. She currently oversees the Nevada Museum of Art’s efforts to expand the contemporary collection and exhibition program, cultivates collectors and donors, and collaborates with her colleagues to organize the Nevada Museum of Art’s flagship triennial Art + Environment Conferences.

Past Recipients, 1986-2015

Fellowship Video Profiles

In partnership with “Artists of Utah-15 Bytes,” we produce short artist profiles of the recipients as part of the award. Please see the links below to some of the videos we’ve produced of our recent fellowship recipients.


Contact Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272


Rio Gallery

Located in the grand lobby of the old Rio Grande Depot, the Rio Gallery was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue.

Coming to the Rio Gallery:

Raw and Cooked

January 15 – March 11, 2016

An artist reception will be held on Friday, January 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. for
Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

In Raw and Cooked, artists Jim Jacobs, Joshua Winegar, and Paul Crow present work within this nature/culture dialectic. Jacobs begins with an ancient horticultural intervention, the graft, to focus our attention on a literal intersection of the natural and the human-made. Winegar takes on the natural world as a partner in a conversation with his psyche, alternately responding to, and intervening in, the world which surrounds him. Crow maps the span of his life onto the time frame of the human awareness of global climate change. Each artist begins with material that exists before agency and brings it through a process of intervention to manifest a hybrid: the artist in dialogue both with the world and without, and with an inner understanding of that world.


A Call to Place: The first five years of the Frontier Fellowship
March 18 – May 13, 2016
Opening Reception: March 18, 6 – 9 pm

The Painted Veil– Curated by Jorge Rojas
May 20-July 8, 2016
Opening Reception: May 20, 6 -9  pm

Location & Hours

Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street (455 West), Salt Lake City; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Thr Rio Grande Depot will be open every other Saturday from 10-2pm for Winter Market beginning November 7, 2015 – April, 16 2016

Click HERE for information about the Art-o-mat.

Proposals for Rio Gallery Exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in July-December of 2016 will be accepted January 1-February 1 2016. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.


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Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Alice Gallery

The Alice Gallery is located at the historic Glendinning Mansion in Salt Lake City, which also houses the main offices of Utah Arts & Museums. The gallery is named after Alice Merrill Horne, a legislator who supported the arts and founded the Utah Arts Council in 1899.

This gallery hosts exhibitions by Utah artists and works from the State Fine Art Collection and was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue.


Jan 22 – Mar 4, 2016

Cultivate highlights agrarian landscapes as subject matter, and importantly includes works that draw attention to the water sources upon which those landscapes are conditional. Many works portray some of the most critical water sources in Utah and the west; the Colorado, Green, and Virgin Rivers, as well as local water sources that were essential to inhabit the Salt Lake Valley. Cultivate includes works from the State of Utah Fine Art and Folk Art Collection dating from 1904-2013.

In addition to the traditional and stunning pastoral scenes found in the collection, many of these landscapes also harken to the important role that extensive irrigation and cultivation played in the settling and habitation of the Salt Lake Valley. Cottonwood Creek by Gordon Cope illustrates one of the most important water sources that sustained development short after settlement by Pioneers. Other works, such as Navajo Cow Sculpture by Mary Jim, allude to locales and populations that predate pioneers settling the valley.

Much of the artwork depicts bucolic scenes, while others suggest or address issues related to the environment and the pastoral. Adam Bateman’s Glen Canyon is a conspicuous imposition on the landscape, while others such as Fred Eugene Wright’s photograph, Pleasant Creek #1, documents a dried-up creek bed in an area where agrarian practices are plentiful despite Utah being amongst the driest states in the nation. Cecil Smith’s Desert Farm depicts lush rolling hills, but reminds us that this farm exists on the precipice of a desert cliff.

This exhibition features painting, photography, sculptural and textile works by Utah artists including Adam Bateman, Gordon Cope, Edwin Evans, Mary Jim, Lazaros, Jeffrey Pugh, Tom Till, Mary Kimball, Blanche Wilson, Mahonri Macintosh Young, and others.

Location & Hours

Glendinning Home, 617 East South Temple, Salt Lake City
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; Closed Saturday – Sunday


Laurel Caryn – History of Photography, March 11-May 6, 2016

Downy Doxey-Marshall – Off the Hanger, May 13-July 8, 2016

Proposals for Exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in July-December of 2016 will be accepted January 1-February 2016. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.


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Download Alice Gallery floorplans.


Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

The Alice Gallery is a member of the

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Literary Arts

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums has been supporting Utah’s literary community for more than 50 years. The Utah Original Writing Competition began in 1958 and has since expanded to other offerings. Through readings, conferences and workshops offered throughout Utah, as well as support for professional development for writers, the Literary Arts program has been able to reinforce growth and interest across all literary genres.

Bite-Size Poetry

We’ve invited notable Utah poets to recite short poems they’ve written. Our friends at TWIG Media Lab have created videos of the readings. This is our last video of the current batch. Enjoy!

Bite-Size Poetry for January 2016: Nancy Takacs

To see more videos of past Bite-Size Poets, please visit our YouTube channel.

Poet Laureate

Utah initiated its Poet Laureate program in 1997. The Poet Laureate is a Governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts throughout the state. The Poet Laureate is available for readings at public events and in venues including libraries, universities and schools. To have the Poet Laureate visit your organization, please fill out the Poet Laureate appearance request form.

Literary Resources

Utah is home to a rich and diverse writing community. Throughout the state, there are several literary journals and magazines (both print and electronic), conferences, competitions, awards, festivals and presses. These range from independent to university- and college-sponsored periodicals, events and workshops, and include content in all literary genres, often paired with visual arts. Additionally, audiences for each range from local to national and from secular to religious, and are inclusive of experienced and emerging writers alike. For a list of resources, click HERE.

You may also sign up for our monthly LitOps e-newsletter by contacting Alyssa Hickman Grove at .


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Poetry Out Loud
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with Utah Arts & Museums’ Literature Program to support Poetry Out Loud, which encourages Utah’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. State arts agencies receiving arts education funding from NEA are required to participate.

Original Writing Competition
The annual Original Writing Competition has won national respect because of the reputation of its judges and the honors received by its winners. For more than 50 years, this competition has honored some of Utah’s finest writers with public recognition, career assistance and cash prizes.

Download an information sheet on the Literary Arts program.

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