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Applications for RAP grants due Oct. 2

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

The deadline is Oct. 2 for not-for-profit groups to claim their share of hundreds of thousands of dollars of Recreation, Arts and Parks Tax revenues.

But officials expect the amount of funding available to groups that work to preserve history, culture, science and the arts to shrink in 2009. Still, Summit County encourages struggling organizations to take advantage of the grants.

Sales tax funds the program and groups received about $729,131 last year.

"We still don’t know what level of funding we have, but we can assume, based on everything we’ve heard and read, that our funds will be down something between 15 and 30 percent," said Parkite Tom Fey, chairman of the RAP Tax Cultural Advisory Committee.

Fewer visitors mean the committee has less money to dole out, Fey said.

"When we hear that we have fewer people who have come to Park City in the past year, and restaurants have had less sales and so forth, it’s an indicator that we will have less money this year," he said. "It’s going to make our job more difficult because we know there are many organizations that count on funding from the RAP Tax."

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Groups that received their first grants last year included the Park Silly Sunday Market, the Spiro Arts program at Silver Star and Summit County Conservatory.

Nearly $4 million has gone to cultural organizations since the RAP Tax began in 2001, Fey said.

The county’s Web site has the applications at http://www.summitcounty.org/residents/grants.html.

Regular recipients have included Kimball Art Center, Park City Performing Arts Foundation, KPCW, Mountain Town Music, Park City Film Series and the Sundance Institute. Last year, about 24 groups requested $1.3 million. To qualify organizations must show they have at least three years of financial history.

Religious groups, schools and individuals cannot receive funding from RAP Tax. After the application deadline, the Cultural Advisory Committee meets to decide which groups qualify for funding. Recommendations from the panel are sent to the Summit County manager who makes the final decision.

More groups on the East Side of Summit County have begun applying for funding from RAP Tax. Grant applications can be mailed to Summit County at P.O. Box 128, Coalville, Utah, 84017. Applications are also accepted at the County Courthouse at 60 N. Main in Coalville and the Sheldon Richins Building at Kimball Junction.