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.

2017 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: Friday, August 11, 2017
Deadline for submission of funding requests: Friday, September 22, 2017 12:00 Noon
Recommendations from RAP Advisory Board to County Commission: Tuesday, January 2, 2018
County Commission Authorization to Fund Approved Projects: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Disbursement of Funds for Approved Projects: Projected end February of 2018 subject to funds’ availability

Note: The schedule above projects a single annual application cycle for the current year’s RAP funding requests, with applications due by September 23, 2016. A subsequent opportunity may be extended to apply for smaller project grants to fund emergent opportunities not necessarily identified in time to submit as part of this annual cycle.

Criteria to be Considered in Determining Funding

  • What is the artistic or cultural merit of project? How will project contribute to artistic/cultural development within Washington County?
  • How will project contribute to overall Washington County growth and economic development?
  • How will project enable a demonstrable incremental increase in organization’s recurring offerings as opposed to helping fund already existing offerings?
  • How will organization promote and attribute project being enabled by RAP funding?
  • What proportion of project funding will be raised from sources other than RAP?
  • If organization does not yet have an IRS determination letter for 501(c)(3) status and is instead relying on a determination letter for a Financial Sponsor to qualify, what percentage of the RAP funding grant will be retained by the Financial Sponsor as a fee for services?
  • How broadly will benefits of project be readily available to the public/patrons?
  • What costs will the public/patron be required to bear to take advantage of project?
  • Generally, funding applications that are submitted completely and clearly with all required information provided will be given priority consideration. Applications that contain actual bid information rather than rough estimates, and a rigorous easy-to-understand explanation of the overall budget for the requesting organization will also be given priority consideration.
  • In future years, application forms will call for reports on execution effectiveness of projects approved in prior years. Again looking ahead to future years, past funding of an organization will not be considered as setting a precedent for future funding. Each year requests will be reviewed based on their own merits.

RAP Board

Richard Kohler, Chair
Martin Tidwell, Vice-Chair
JJ Abernathy
Robert Schmidt
Allison Hunt
Gary Sanders
Summer Belnap Robertson

Application Procedures

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

  1. Download 2016 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 23, 2016 Before 9:00PM

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 23, 2016. If a grant report form is not submitted the organization will not be eligible to apply to receive further funding.

2017 Awarded Funds List