Fifteen percent (15%) of funds generated by the one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) sales and use tax levied within Washington County effective April 1, 2015 to fund Recreational, Arts, and Parks (the “RAP Tax”) have been designated by the County Commission for support of cultural activities. The County Commission has established a RAP Advisory Board to oversee the process of receiving applications for funding and making recommendations to the County Commission for approval of disbursements from these funds. These Guidelines have been approved by the County Commission for use by the RAP Advisory Board to administer the funding of cultural organizations throughout the county via the RAP Tax.

2018 Awarded Funds List

Qualifications for RAP Tax Funding for Cultural Organizations

Types of Activities: Art, music, theater, dance, cultural arts, or natural history
Types of Organizations: Either non-profit organizations/institutions having as their primary purpose the advancement and preservation of the types of activities listed above, or a Municipal or County Cultural Council having as its primary purpose the coordination of the county or respective municipalities’ efforts to advance and/or preserve the types of activities listed above.

Non-profit organizations/institutions must submit a copy of the IRS letter of determination of 501(c)(3) status or similar IRS letter for whatever entity is serving as their financial sponsor for the purposes of qualifying for 501(c)(3) status.

A Municipal or County Cultural Council must be created by Washington County, or a municipality located within Washington County, and must provide documentation from the County or respective municipality of their cultural council status.

Uses of Funds: RAP funds may be requested for either operating expenses or capital projects. Funds may be requested for either specific standalone projects or supplements to the organization’s annual operating budget.

Projected Schedule for Submission/Review/Approval of RAP Funding Requests

Guidelines/Application Available Online: Thursday, August 1, 2019
Deadline for submission of funding requests: Friday, September 20, 2019 12:00 Noon
**NEW** Deadline for Grant Reports from 2018-2019 cycle: Tuesday, December 2, 2019 12:00 Noon
County Commission Authorization to Fund Approved Projects: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Disbursement of Funds for Approved Projects: Projected Mid-March of 2020 subject to funds’ availability

Criteria to be Considered in Determining Funding

Information about your organization

  • Are you a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) or other organization that qualifies for grant funding?
  • Do your organization’s activities qualify for funding?
  • How is your organization managed? Are you new and just starting out? Do you have a board?
  • You will need to share your organization’s financial history.
  • What are your funding sources? How much volunteer hours do you depend on?
  • If this is not your first year of funding, has your organization provided a Grant Report From the previous year?

Information about your presentations and/or events

  • How many paid performances or exhibits will your organization provide?
  • Will you offer any free events?
  • How many people will attend?
  • Do you offer discounts to diverse groups?
  • Will you collaborate with any other Washington County arts and culture organizations?
  • Will you provide educational or other opportunities for learning?

Information about how your organization will benefit Washington County

  • What is the artistic or cultural merit of your organization? How will your organization contribute to artistic/cultural development within Washington County?
  • How will your organization contribute to overall Washington County growth and economic development?
  • How will your organization enable a demonstrable incremental increase to recurring offerings as opposed to helping fund already existing offerings?
  • How will your organization recognize and promote RAP funding received?

And finally…

  • Generally, funding applications that are submitted completely and clearly with all required information provided will be given priority consideration. This includes the Financial Budget Worksheet and the prior year’s Grant Report Form.

RAP Board

Martin Tidwell, Chair
Robert Schmidt, Vice-Chair
Richard Kohler
Gary Sanders
Dimon McFerson
Tony Allen
Carol Lakin

Application Procedures

Download and complete the following PDFs as clearly and concisely as possible:

  1. Download 2019 Washington County RAP Tax Application for Funding
  2. Download Budget Worksheet

Attach the files along with supporting material in an email to Cheyenne Bentley (cheyenne.bentley@washco.utah.gov) or print out and deliver hard copies in person to:

Cheyenne Bentley
Deputy County Clerk
197 East Tabernacle Street
St. George, UT 84770
(Google Maps)
(435) 986-3349
cheyenne.bentley@washco.utah.gov

Questions concerning the application request should be directed to: Cheyenne Bentley (435) 986-3349. For reference, please download the Funding Guidelines.

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Application Deadline: Friday, September 21, 2018 Before 12:00 PM Noon

Once Grant Funds have been issued

Credit must be given to Washington County Recreation, Arts & Parks (RAP Tax) in brochures, news releases, programs, publications, banners, other printed materials and internet/web page recognition.

Grantees must use the RAP logo. Narrative or audio credit may be used as follows: “This project is supported in part by Washington County Recreation, Arts & Parks (RAP Tax)”. Failure to credit the RAP Tax could result in ineligibility for future funding.


RAP Tax Cultural Funding Logo

Download the logo here.

Grant Report Form

All organizations who receive funding must submit a completed Grant Report Form. Please return or mail to the following:

Washington County RAP Advisory Board
c/o Cheyenne Bentley
Deputy County Clerk
197 East Tabernacle Street
St. George, UT 84770
(Google Maps)

Forms must be mailed or delivered prior to September 21, 2018. If a grant report form is not submitted the organization will not be eligible to apply to receive further funding.

2018 Awarded Funds List