The Division of Outdoor Recreation is excited to bring back the Utah Children’s Outdoor Recreation and Education (UCORE) grant, to provide high-quality, outdoor-focused learning experiences to youth ages 6-18 in Utah. This funding aims to teach youth the physical skills that can make outdoor recreation part of a healthy and active lifestyle. UCORE complements the state’s Every Kid Outdoors (EKO) Initiative and hopes to provide more opportunities so no child is left inside. Please review the 2023 UCORE Program Guide to learn what activities, and expenses UCORE can help your program fund. 

The DOR just awarded $357,147 to 29 applicants for the 2023 UCORE Grant. This much-needed funding will cover programming in 16 counties throughout the state, with half the projects going to rural counties. More than 16,000 youth are projected to be served through this funding, with total project values exceeding $2 million.

To view the full list of recipients, click HERE.

DATES: The 2023 UCORE Grant Cycle is closed. Check back in 2024 for updates.


For a full list of UCORE resources including a hour-long webinar and slides, PDF version of our Program Guide, full UCORE application, and budget template, please visit the link found HERE.


UCORE Program Guide

The UCORE Program Guide is your best tool when writing your UCORE application. Inside you will find information on:

Who is eligible for UCORE: Page 5

How much funding you can request: Page 5

What are eligible activity types: Page 7

Eligible costs: Page 8

What the matching requirements for UCORE are: Page 9

How to write a strong application: Page 11

Closeout documentation and reporting requirements: Pages 13-15


Elevated Mountain Guides, Project Climb

Elevated Mountain Guides, a 2020 UCORE grant recipient, is committed to empowering underserved communities – locally and abroad – looking to access the outdoors, expand their expertise, and engage with nature. Through their program, Project Climb, they work in local climbing gyms to develop the skills and confidence to get outdoors, utilizing therapeutic techniques to aid their participants in the outdoors and their daily lives. The Utah Children’s Outdoor Recreation and Education (UCORE) grant will help to support this program and expand outdoor access to underserved youth in the greater Salt Lake area.

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