The new Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation (DOR) is holding a grant workshop tour at locations throughout the state ending in Nibley City on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.
During the 2022 Legislative session, Utah lawmakers merged the Division of Recreation and the Office of Outdoor Recreation into one entity – the Division of Outdoor Recreation which is under the umbrella of the Department of Natural Resources.
Utah leads the nation in prioritizing outdoor recreation and access to natural spaces and they are committed to ensuring Utahn’s can live a healthy and active lifestyle through outdoor recreation and access to natural space.
DOR officials are looking for the public’s input in designing tails and programs and will be on hand to assist with preparing and writing outdoor recreation grants.
The DOR is the nation’s first office that manages the state’s Boating Program, Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Program, and recreation law enforcement officers.
The traveling free ‘one-stop shop’ for all Utah outdoor recreation grants will have their expanded grants and planning team sharing information on all the programs available under the new division and assist with the outdoor recreation grants application process.
Applications for next year’s UORG grant cycle will be accepted from Jan. 17 to March. 17, 2023. UORG awarded $10.9 million in funding for 85 outdoor recreation infrastructure projects statewide in 2022. The grant cycle was the largest to date.
“Whether your area has an infrastructure project that is ready to go or you are laying the groundwork for a future project, you should plan to attend this workshop,” said Tara McKee, DOR’s associate director of grants and planning. “This is a fabulous opportunity for counties, cities and nonprofits to sharpen their skills and learn how they can help secure the funds needed to provide more value, opportunities and support for outdoor recreation in their communities.”
Carly Lansche, the former Cache County Regional Trail and Active Transportation Coordinator, is now the DOR’s state planner. She and others on the team will walk participants through the application process, provide detailed instructions on how to write a strong application, braid various funding sources and introduce a new tiered matching requirement beneficial to Utah’s rural counties.
There will be time at the end of each workshop for questions and discussion with the DOR grants and planning team to help make sure applications are as competitive as possible.
“Our team is ready and eager to help in any stage of the process, and our newest addition of planning is especially beneficial for areas in the state that do not have recreational planners. We look forward to assisting with these vital grant opportunities and helping improve access to outdoor recreation for communities throughout Utah,” said McKee.
DOR is committed to ensuring every Utahn can live a healthy and active lifestyle through outdoor recreation and access to natural space. DOR’s areas of focus include recreational access; safety and education; stewardship and sustainable visitation; and economic growth and opportunity through outdoor recreation.
For more information on the DOR’s grants and planning program, visit recreation.utah.gov/grants.