A mountain bike photo of Utah showing Bruce Argyle maneuvering one of the many bike trails the state has to offer.
SALT LAKE CITY — The new Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation (DOR) is hosting a scholarship workshop tour at locations across the state ending in Nibley City on Wednesday, December 7 from 2-4 p.m
During the 2022 legislature, the Utah legislature merged the Division of Recreation and the Office of Outdoor Recreation into one entity — the Division of Outdoor Recreation, 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 enabling Utah residents to lead healthy and active lifestyles through outdoor recreation and access to natural spaces .
DOR officers seek input from the public in shaping Tails and programs and are available to assist in the preparation and development of outdoor recreation grants.
The DOR is the premier office in the country that administers the state boating program, OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) program and recreational law enforcement officers.
The traveling free “one stop shop” for all outdoor recreation grants in Utah will have its expanded grants and planning team sharing information on all programs available under the new division and assisting with the outdoor recreation grant application process .
Applications for next year’s UORG scholarship cycle will be accepted from January 17th to March. 17, 2023. UORG awarded $10.9 million in grants for 85 outdoor recreation infrastructure projects nationwide in 2022. The funding cycle was the most extensive to date.
“Whether you have an infrastructure project up and running in your region or are laying the groundwork for a future project, you should plan to attend this workshopsaid Tara McKee, Associate Director of Grants and Planning at DOR. “This is a great opportunity for counties, cities and nonprofits to hone their skills and learn how they can help secure the funds needed to bring more value, opportunity and support to outdoor recreation in their communities.” create.”
Carly Lansche, former Cache County Regional Trails and Active Transportation Coordinator, is now the DOR State Planner. She and other team members guide participants through the application process, provide detailed instructions on how to write a meaningful application, weave different sources of funding together, and introduce a new tiered match requirement beneficial to rural Utah counties.
At the conclusion of each workshop, there is time for questions and discussions with DOR’s grant and planning team to ensure applications are as competitive as possible.
“Our team is ready and eager to help at every stage of the process, and our latest scheduling enhancement is particularly beneficial for areas of the state that don’t have recreation planners. We look forward to supporting these important grant opportunities and increasing access to outdoor recreation for communities throughout Utah,” said McKee.
DOR is committed to enabling every Utah resident to lead a healthy and active lifestyle through outdoor recreation and access to natural spaces. DOR’s areas of focus include Recreational Access; security and education; management and sustained visit; and economic growth and opportunity through outdoor recreation.
For more information about the DOR grant and planning program, visit recreation.utah.gov/grants.