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Utah Children’s Outdoor Recreation and Education (UCORE) Grant

Grants to Utah Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
for Programs to Benefit Children and Youth

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Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development - Office of Outdoor Recreation

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Utah nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions for recreational programs that benefit children and youth throughout the State. Funding is intended to support programs that encourage learning and healthy lifestyles for school children from age 6 to 18 through outdoor recreational and educational activities.

Grant funds are intended to aid programs that provide high-quality, outdoor-focused learning experiences to school-aged children and teach them the physical skills that can make outdoor recreation part of a healthy and active lifestyle.

UCORE empowers Utah communities to engage youth in outdoor recreation and educational activities, focusing on youth in their community with the greatest need.

The UCORE program aims to support activities that are part of Utah’s Every Kid Outdoors (EKO) Initiative.

UCORE programs may:

  • Teach outdoor recreation sports or physical skills and/or
  • Focus on conceptual learning of STEM principles that can be studied in a natural environment

Qualifying Programs

  • Help children develop skills needed to participate in one or more outdoor recreation activities;
  • Outdoor-focused program that provides physical activity for youth ages 6-18;
  • Incorporate nature-based and hands-on learning opportunities to teach science concepts in an outdoor setting; or
  • Engage children in one or more of the activities of Utah’s Every Kid Outdoors (EKO) Initiative

A program is eligible as long as the program progresses in the skill-building and ends with the youth in the natural environment.

A small portion of the grant funding (up to10% of the total project) may be used for program staff salaries related directly to the funded program or project. The remainder of the grant monies should be used for the on-the-ground program needs rather than the operating or salary costs of the organization. 

For a list of activities eligible for UCORE grants please see:

Implementing one or more of the following attributes will make your application more competitive:

  • Serving children with the greatest needs
  • Providing youth with opportunities to directly experience nature
  • Maximizing the number of children who can participate
  • Committing matching and in-kind resources
  • Including ongoing program evaluation and assessment
  • Utilizing veterans in program implementation
  • Including outdoor or nature-based programming that incorporates concept learning in science, technology, engineering, or math
  • Teaching youth to be good stewards and help take care of Utah’s outdoor places

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187754

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within 18 months of the date the contract is signed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Educational institutions
- Local governments (including counties, cities, park and recreation districts, etc.)
- Tribal governments
- Nonprofit organizations

Programming should be held in Utah and be primarily for children who currently reside in the state. Funds will not be awarded for travel outside the state.

Costs/Programs that aren’t eligible:
Please note this list is not exhaustive.
- Programs without a significant outdoor recreation component or nature activities. Youth spending time outdoors is a required component of this grant.
- Organized traditional sports activities such as those played on a field or in a sports court (e.g. soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, etc.).
- Annual community festivals, expositions, political or religious programs, promotional or fundraising events.
- Costs that are not a necessary or integral part of the project scope, such as indirect and overhead charges.
- Infrastructure projects of any type.
- Costs that are double-counted (used in more than one project).
- Purchase of vehicles.
- Equipment-only projects (buying equipment that is necessary to implement the program is permissible, once approved in application).
- Out of state travel.
- Pre-school or kindergarten programs. UCORE is for children and youth ages 6-18.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Submission Period: January 15 to February 20, 2020
Submit an application online.

Match Component: Given as a 50/50 match. Up to half of the applicant match may be an in-kind match, or 25% of total project. Applicant must provide matching and/or in-kind resources.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To access the application, please visit the URL for Full Text (RFP) below.
The grant cycle is open January 15 – February 20, 2020.

Contact Information:
Program Manager: Tara McKee
(801) 538-8686

Program Assistant: India Nielsen
(801) 538-8705

Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation
60 East South Temple, Suite 300
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111-1004
1 (801) 538-8680
1 (855) 204-9046
1 (801) 538-8888

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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