The National Endowment for the Arts announced this week the awarding of challenge grants of $300,000 to the Utah Symphony and $100,000 to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

Arts Endowment Chairman Frank Hodsoll said that nationwide the Endowment gave $19 million in grants to 68 cultural institutions.The federal grants must be matched by $3 in local giving for each $1 in government money over three years.