Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City to launch ARPA Community Recovery Grants Program

September 1, 2022

Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake City is launching a Community Recovery Grants Program that will inject $4 million into the economy through grants up to $100,000 to support nonprofits, small businesses, and local artists/artisans. Mayor Erin Mendenhall proposed this funding as a way to reach key community organizations and individuals who were affected early and deeply from impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding comes from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which was signed into law on March 11, 2021.

“This will be a financial boost to our residents and business owners,” Mayor Mendenhall said. “Salt Lakers have their pulse on the needs of the community, and we are excited to support these needs with the Rescue Plan Community Recovery Grants Program for business owners, artists, and nonprofits. I’m grateful to the City staff who worked tirelessly to bring this program together so we can further mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic on the health and wellbeing of our residents and economy.” 

Following guidance from Salt Lake City Mayor and Council, $2 million of the funds will go to the City’s Department of Economic Development to administer to qualifying small businesses, artists, and select nonprofits. The other $2 million will go to the City’s Department of Communities and Neighborhoods to administer to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to address housing, educational, economic, and public health needs in the local community. 

To evaluate grant applications in an equitable and community-driven manner, the City has assembled a board comprising members of the City’s Human Rights Committee, Committee on Racial Equity in Policing, Arts Council, and Business Advisory Board. The board will make funding recommendations to the City Council for final approval.

Interested non-profits may apply for up to $100,000 of funding, either from Communities and Neighborhoods for direct service-focused organizations or from Economic Development for non-profit art or business assistance organizations. Qualifying small businesses and artists can apply for up to $50,000. Additional information about funding can be found at the Communities and Neighborhoods website for direct service nonprofits, or at the Department of Economic Development website for small businesses and business/artist assistance organizations. The application portal will be open for 30 days, starting on September 1, 2022, and closing on September 30, 2022.

About Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development: Formed in 2016, Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development is focused on building Salt Lake City as a vibrant, beautiful, prosperous, diverse, and authentic place – a place that is economically accessible to everyone. Known as the “Crossroads of the West,” Salt Lake City is strategically located for businesses to succeed. SLCDED works to streamline processes, provide excellent customer service, and offer an array of resources and services to recruit and retain businesses in the City, and ensure they have the tools to thrive.  Learn more

About Salt Lake City Department of Communities and Neighborhoods: The Department of Community and Neighborhoods is focused on creating Sustainable, Equitable, Growing, and Opportunity-rich (“SEGO”) communities and neighborhoods in Salt Lake City. SLCCAN does this through an emphasis on providing upward mobility and housing choice for City residents, community investments and transportation options, making Salt Lake City a “15-minute City,” and ensuring all efforts promote a safe and healthy built environments. Learn more at

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