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Quality Growth Commission - Funding

For information on funding, please contact:
John Bennett
Phone: 801-538-1696
Email: jbennett@utah.gov

The LeRay McAllister Critical Land Conservation Fund provides grants and loans to preserve or restore critical open or agricultural land in Utah. Matching funds are required.


Utah counties, cities, towns, the Utah Department of Natural Resources, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, and charitable organizations that qualify as tax exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Money from the Fund must be used to preserve or restore open lands and agricultural lands. Please see the definitions for "open land" and "agricultural land" in the application materials. Generally, municipal parks, ball fields, and other types of developed, active recreation areas are not critical lands as defined by the Quality Growth Act.


Applicants must provide matching funds equal to or greater than the amount of money received from the Fund.

Use of Funds

Funds must be spent within one year from the date of the grant award. Purchases of fee title to land may not exceed 20 acres. The 20 acre limitation does not apply to purchases of conservation easements or restoration projects.


The application process requires submission of a pre-application form before a full application. See Application Cycle Schedule.

Past Grant Recipients: View details of 18 completed critical land conservation projects.

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Commission Board

David Mansell

Vice Chair
Holly Daines

Commission Members

Mike Styler

Leonard Blackham

Larry Ellertson

Brent Tanner

Roger Wynn

Reed Erickson

Soren Simonsen

Jae Potter

Scott Sandall

Alex Butwinski


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