City accepting applications for local community improvement projects

Next year looks to be a very busy year for local transportation projects.  With new potential funding sources, the city is looking to make necessary road repairs and make our streets more complete by accommodating bicycle, pedestrian and car traffic.

In November Salt Lake City residents will be voting on an $87 million bond that will fund needed road repairs, but those funds will go to fix the most neglected corridors.   For smaller projects, residents can submit applications for funds to make transportation and public space improvements in their neighborhood.  Salt Lake City officials are accepting pre-submittal applications for the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), a grant program that provides funds to replace or expand public infrastructure. City residents, neighborhood groups, community-based organizations or neighborhood business districts have until September 28 to apply.

The CIP is a multi-year planning program for capital improvements that involve the construction, purchase or rehabilitation of infrastructure including buildings, parks, streets, sidewalks, bridges, transportation features, traffic signals or other physical structures.

Each year officials transfer money from the city’s general fund to the CIP.  This year the city has set aside $4 million for CIP projects.  Traditionally, the city prioritizes its deferred maintenance needs, or asset renewal, first and then considers new capital projects for repairs.

Recent resident-led projects that have received CIP funding include:

  • The Rose Park pedestrian and bicycle byway that will connect the Jordan River trail to Newman Elementary School, Salt Lake Center for Science Education and the Northwest Recreation Center in Fairpark.
  • The Bridge to Backman project that will establish a bridge and lighted trail for students attending Backman Elementary School. The project reduces the distance students travel on dangerous and busy roads by 0.6 miles.
  • The Miller Park trail project that will modify the walking path to the Lee Charles Miller Bird Refuge. The modifications remove steep trail sections, protect a historic wall and make the path ADA accessible.
  • The Artesian Well Park project that will make improvements to the artesian well, retaining wall, watering system and landscaping to make it a more inviting community space.

According to the city, the CIP Pre-Submittal Application is the basic source of information required for all proposed projects. One Pre-Submittal Application must be completed for each project that is requesting to be funded.  Additionally, proposed projects must meet the following requirements:

  • The minimum request amount is $50,000
  • The maximum request amount is $500,000
  • The capital project must have a useful life of five or more years
  • The capital project must be a Salt Lake City owned asset
  • Community Outreach or Alternative Public Engagement is required
  • Funds for CIP are allocated annually through a competitive process
  • Completing the Pre-Submittal Application is the first step of the process
  • Funding is decided upon in the fall of each year

Applicants must complete the Pre-Submittal Application and email it to by 3 pm. on Friday, September 28, 2018.  Pre-Submittal Applications that are submitted after this date will roll into the next year’s CIP cycle.

Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at