UServeUtah, the State’s Commission on Service & Volunteerism, has awarded $242,710 in grant funding to local organizations that will increase Utahns’ awareness of and participation in community and civic engagement initiatives. Projects will begin in July of 2020 and carry through June of 2021.
Funding will be provided for a variety of different types of initiatives across the entire state of Utah from rural to urban areas and are all geared towards increasing an ethic of community engagement and improving quality of life in the state.
Initiatives that will be funded include programs and conferences for high school students such as those by the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs, Latinos in Action, Uintah County Library, Emery High School, and the Salt Lake City School District Social Studies Department. Through initiatives by Action Utah and the Logan Family Center community members of all ages will be encouraged and inspired to increase civic and volunteer participation by leveraging technology. Community volunteers in Green River and Panguitch will revitalize public spaces while increasing their own community engagement. These projects among others will provide opportunities for Utahns to connect through community and civic engagement and make a notable impact.
UServeUtah has granted $20,000 towards Epicenter’s Canal Commons Public Green Space Initiative. This project is an awareness campaign blended with a hands-on community project. Working alongside Epicenter and partners, local residents will co-create a water-wise, pollinator-friendly outdoor space to complement Epicenter’s affordable housing development (“Canal Commons”). Residents will participate in site cleanups and preparations, planning and design efforts, events held on the project site, and hands-on workshops among other activities.