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SLC's Capital Improvement Program Accepting Applications for Funding

Tue August 28, 2018 - West Edition #18

Salt Lake City is now accepting applications for the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
Salt Lake City is now accepting applications for the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

Salt Lake City is now accepting pre-submittal applications for the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP provides funding to replace or expand public infrastructure. Residents, neighborhood group, community-based organization or neighborhood business district organizations of Salt Lake City can apply until Sept. 28.

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.

Here are some of the projects that were funded through CIP after applications were made by constituents:

  • The Rose Park pedestrian and bicycle byway 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 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 .6 mi.
  • The Miller Park trail project modifies 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 will make improvements to the artesian well, retaining wall, watering system and landscaping to make it a more inviting community space.

Each year a portion of Salt Lake City's general fund is transferred to the CIP. The city prioritizes its deferred maintenance, or asset renewal, first and then considers new capital projects. Funding for new projects this year is recommended at about $4 million.

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. Here are the 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 Sept. 28, 2018 by 3:00 p.m. Pre-Submittal Applications that are submitted after this date will roll into the next year's CIP cycle. You can access the Pre-Submittal Application form on Salt Lake City's website:

For questions about Salt Lake City's Capital Improvement Program, call Melissa Jensen 801/535-6035 or email