Cultural Arts and Recreation Enrichment (CARE) Program

Background and Use

In November 2005, Orem voters approved a 1/10th of 1% local sales and use tax for the purpose of enhancing recreation and cultural arts in the City of Orem. The Cultural Arts and Recreation Enrichment (CARE) Program went into effect in April 2006, and the first CARE grants were awarded in 2007. 

In November 2013, Orem voters renewed the CARE tax for an additional 10 years, keeping the CARE tax in effect through March 2024.

Both nonprofit and government entities (including the City of Orem) may receive CARE funds. The City Council reviews CARE grant applications and decides how CARE funds are allocated.

Three types of CARE grants are available:

Major Grants: $5,000 or more to a nonprofit organization
Mini Grants: $4,999 or less to a nonprofit organization

Facilities Grants: Available to government entities (including the City of Orem)

CARE grants to both nonprofit and government entities may only be used for purposes outlined by state law:

Grant Recipient

Allowable Uses

City of Orem or Another Government Entity

Limited to: Capital development (construction) and ongoing operations of government-owned or operated recreational and cultural facilities. Funds may not be spent on program expenses.

Private Non-Profit Organization

Limited to: Operations of nonprofit cultural-arts organizations (programs). Funds may not be spent on construction or building improvements.

A flyer summarizing the CARE program can be downloaded here.

View the results of the 2015 CARE citizen survey here.

Orem City

Orem, UT // 56 North State Street // Phone: 801.229.7000


About Orem City

The City of Orem was organized in 1919 and named after Walter C. Orem, President of the Salt Lake and Utah Railroad. Orem is now the commercial and technological center for Central Utah and is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. Housing, educational, and employment opportunities continue to be in high demand as Orem's population passes 91,000 residents.

The City of Orem is located on the eastern shore of Utah Lake and extends on the east to Provo and the foothills of Mount Timpanogos. It shares the general location with Provo, and its history is closely related to that of Provo. Its recent explosive development and growth have resulted in Orem becoming the fifth-largest city in Utah according to the 2010 US Census.