Chief Sponsor: Lincoln Fillmore

House Sponsor: Mike Winder


8     General Description:
9          This bill creates a grant program in the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     defines terms;
13          ▸     creates the Utah Children's Outdoor Recreation and Education Grant Program in
14     GOED;
15          ▸     describes the requirements and purposes of the grant program; and
16          ▸     makes technical and conforming changes.
17     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18          This bill appropriates in fiscal year 2020:
19          ▸     to the Governor's Office of Economic Development -- Utah Office of Outdoor
20     Recreation -- Utah Children's Outdoor Recreation and Education Grant, as a
21     one-time appropriation:
22               •     from the General Fund, One-time, $100,000.
23     Other Special Clauses:
24          None
25     Utah Code Sections Affected:
26     AMENDS:
27          63N-9-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2017, Chapter 166

28          63N-9-106, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2016, Chapter 88
29     ENACTS:
30          63N-9-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
31          63N-9-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
32          63N-9-303, Utah Code Annotated 1953
33          63N-9-304, Utah Code Annotated 1953

35     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
36          Section 1. Section 63N-9-102 is amended to read:
37          63N-9-102. Definitions.
38          As used in this chapter:
39          (1) "Accessible to the general public," in relation to the awarding of an infrastructure
40     grant, means:
41          (a) the public may use the infrastructure in accordance with federal and state
42     regulations; and
43          (b) no community or group retains exclusive rights to access the infrastructure.
44          (2) "Children," in relation to the awarding of a UCORE grant, means individuals who
45     are six years of age or older, and 18 years of age or younger.
46          [(2)] (3) "Director" means the director of the outdoor recreation office.
47          [(3)] (4) "Executive director" means the executive director of GOED.
48          [(4)] (5) "Infrastructure grant" means an outdoor recreational infrastructure grant
49     described in Section 63N-9-202.
50          [(5)] (6) "Outdoor recreation office" means the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation
51     created in Section 63N-9-104.
52          [(6)] (7) (a) "Recreational infrastructure project" means an undertaking to build or
53     improve the approved facilities and installations needed for the public to access and enjoy the
54     state's outdoors.
55          (b) "Recreational infrastructure project" may include the:
56          (i) establishment, construction, or renovation of a trail, trail infrastructure, or trail
57     facilities;
58          (ii) construction of a project for water-related outdoor recreational activities;

59          (iii) development of a project for wildlife watching opportunities, including bird
60     watching;
61          (iv) development of a project that provides winter recreation amenities;
62          (v) construction or improvement of a community park that has amenities for outdoor
63     recreation; and
64          (vi) construction or improvement of a naturalistic and accessible playground.
65          (8) "UCORE grant" means a children's outdoor recreation and education grant
66     described in Section 63N-9-302.
67          [(7)] (9) (a) "Underserved or underprivileged community" means a group of people,
68     including a municipality, county, or American Indian tribe, that[:] is economically
69     disadvantaged.
70          [(a)] (b) [has] "Underserved or underprivileged community" includes an economically
71     disadvantaged community where:
72          (i) in relation to awarding an infrastructure grant, the people of the community have
73     limited access to or [has] have demonstrated a low level of use of recreational infrastructure;
74     and
75          [(b) is economically disadvantaged.]
76          (ii) in relation to awarding a UCORE grant, the children of the community, including
77     children with disabilities, have limited access to outdoor recreation or education programs.
78          Section 2. Section 63N-9-106 is amended to read:
79          63N-9-106. Annual report.
80          The executive director shall include in the annual written report described in Section
81     63N-1-301 a report from the director on the activities of the outdoor recreation office,
82     including a description and the amount of any awarded infrastructure grants and any awarded
83     UCORE grants.
84          Section 3. Section 63N-9-301 is enacted to read:
Part 3. Utah Children's Outdoor Recreation and Education Grant Program

86          63N-9-301. Title.
87          This part is known as the "Utah Children's Outdoor Recreation and Education Grant
88     Program."
89          Section 4. Section 63N-9-302 is enacted to read:

90          63N-9-302. Creation and purpose of the UCORE grant program.
91          (1) There is created the Utah Children's Outdoor Recreation and Education Grant
92     Program administered by the outdoor recreation office.
93          (2) The outdoor recreation office may seek to accomplish the following objectives in
94     administering the UCORE grant program:
95          (a) promote the health and social benefits of outdoor recreation to the state's children;
96          (b) encourage children to develop the skills and confidence to be physically active for
97     life;
98          (c) provide outdoor recreational opportunities to underserved or underprivileged
99     communities in the state; and
100          (d) encourage hands-on outdoor or nature-based learning and play to prepare children
101     for achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math.
102          Section 5. Section 63N-9-303 is enacted to read:
103          63N-9-303. Rulemaking and requirements for awarding a UCORE grant.
104          (1) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
105     outdoor recreation office shall make rules establishing the eligibility and reporting criteria for
106     an entity to receive a UCORE grant, including:
107          (a) the form and process of submitting an application to the outdoor recreation office
108     for a UCORE grant;
109          (b) which entities are eligible to apply for a UCORE grant;
110          (c) specific categories of children's programs that are eligible for a UCORE grant;
111          (d) the method and formula for determining grant amounts; and
112          (e) the reporting requirements of grant recipients.
113          (2) In determining the award of a UCORE grant, the outdoor recreation office may
114     prioritize a children's program that will serve an underprivileged or underserved community in
115     the state.
116          (3) A UCORE grant may only be awarded by the executive director after consultation
117     with the director and the board.
118          (4) The following entities may not receive a UCORE grant under this part:
119          (a) a federal government entity;
120          (b) a state agency, except for public schools and institutions of higher education; and

121          (c) a for-profit entity.
122          (5) In awarding UCORE grants, consideration shall be given to entities that implement
123     programs that:
124          (a) contribute to healthy and active lifestyles through outdoor recreation; and
125          (b) include one or more of the following attributes in their programs or initiatives:
126          (i) serve children with the greatest needs in rural, suburban, and urban areas of the
127     state;
128          (ii) provide students with opportunities to directly experience nature;
129          (iii) maximize the number of children who can participate;
130          (iv) commit matching and in-kind resources;
131          (v) create partnerships with public and private entities;
132          (vi) include ongoing program evaluation and assessment;
133          (vii) utilize veterans in program implementation;
134          (viii) include outdoor or nature-based programming that incorporates concept learning
135     in science, technology, engineering, or math; or
136          (ix) utilize educated volunteers in program implementation.
137          Section 6. Section 63N-9-304 is enacted to read:
138          63N-9-304. Utah Children's Outdoor Recreation and Education Fund -- Uses --
139     Costs.
140          (1) There is created an expendable special revenue fund known as the "Utah Children's
141     Outdoor Recreation and Education Fund," which the office shall use to fund the Utah
142     Children's Outdoor Recreation and Education Grant Program created in Section 63N-9-302.
143          (2) The fund consists of:
144          (a) appropriations made by the Legislature;
145          (b) interest earned on the account; and
146          (c) private donations, grants, gifts, bequests, or money made available from any other
147     source to implement this part.
148          (3) The office shall, with the advice of the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant Advisory
149     Committee created in Section 63N-9-204, administer the account.
150          (4) The cost of administering the account shall be paid from money in the account.
151          (5) Interest accrued from investment of money in the account shall remain in the

152     account.
153          Section 7. Appropriation.
154          The following sums of money are appropriated for the fiscal year beginning July 1,
155     2019, and ending June 30, 2020. These are additions to amounts previously appropriated for
156     fiscal year 2020. Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures
157     Act, the Legislature appropriates the following sums of money from the funds or accounts
158     indicated for the use and support of the government of the state of Utah.
159          ITEM 1
160          To the Governor's Office of Economic Development -- Utah Office of Outdoor
161     Recreation
162               From General Fund, One-time

163               Schedule of Programs:
164               Utah Children's Outdoor Recreation and Education Grant $100,000