City of Orem CARE Granting Program
In November 2005, the majority of 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 or CARE program went into effect in April 2006, and the first CARE Grant awards were awarded in 2007. CARE was authorized for 8 years, so the program must be renewed by a vote of the people in November 2013 to continue to provide funding for cultural arts and recreation opportunities in our community.
CARE Grants are available in three categories:
Mini Grants - $4,999 or less to a nonprofit organization
Major Grants - $5,000 or more to a nonprofit organization
Facilities Grants - Available for publicly-‐owned (government) facilities
Since CARE was authorized, the community has seen tremendous benefit from the CARE Program (see who has been funded below). Funding has been used to offer new opportunities for Orem residents, to increase the quality of local programs, and to provide for new City-owned facilities. If you aren’t familiar with the CARE program, you may be wondering what type of projects and activities can be funded. State law outlines how funding may be spent by the City of Orem as well as private organizations.
Who May Receive Funding
How Funding May Be Spent
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.
CARE performs by providing funding to theatrical productions, dance performances, and music concerts throughout the city. A number of nonprofit performing arts organizations have benefited from the program, including Hale Center Theatre, SCERA Theatre, Wasatch Ballet, The Orem Chorale, Utah Lyric Opera Society, and many more.
CARE elevates with cultural and historical programs. CARE has provided grants to arts education programs through Hale and SCERA theatres, the Utah Colonial Heritage Festival, and the Utah Storytelling Guild.
CARE builds by providing grants to publicly-‐owned facilities. These grants have been used to build the Stage at City Center Park, provide improvements to recreational facilities, and provide funding for the proposed Center for Story at the Orem Public Library.
Mini Grant Instructions
Mini Grant Application
Major Grant Instructions
Major Grant Application
Websites for CARE Grant Recipients