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Neighborhood Building Improvement Program (NBIP) - Facade Grant

Grants to Utah Small Business Owners in Eligible
Areas for Building Upgrades and Blight Elimination

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Salt Lake City - Division of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND)

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10/18/20 Midnight


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Grants to Utah small business owners in eligible areas to rehabilitate the exterior of commercial buildings and eliminating blight. Funding is intended to enhance local commercial areas, support local businesses, and benefit nearby communities. Upgrades may include door upgrades, window improvements, paint or stucco updating, installation of garages, security lighting, fascia/soffit work, etc. Funding for this program year is directed towards small local businesses that reside in the Poplar Grove and Central City/Central Ninth target areas, which include: Fairpark, Jordan Meadows, Poplar Grove, Downtown, Central 9th, Ballpark, Central City, Liberty Wells, and Glendale.

Façade Improvements: This includes any side of the building which is visible from the street.

  • Architectural, design, and related professional fees
  • Labor, materials, and fixtures
  • Rehabilitation of exterior facades to recover and/or preserve significant historical and architectural features of the structure
  • Gutters and down spouts
  • Doors and windows
  • Exterior painting and attached exterior lighting
  • Siding and trim treatments including awnings and planter boxes
  • Appropriately scaled window areas for display or for looking into a retail business, restaurant, or service business, with lighting to facilitate night viewing
  • Signs that are integrated into the architecture of the building
  • Removal of barriers to access for people with disabilities
  • Addition or repair of awnings or shade mechanisms
  • Soffit and Fascia

Blight Improvements

  • Interior Code Violations

For the purpose of the Neighborhood Building Improvement Program, blight is defined as an abandoned or vacant building in an area zoned for urban use and served by utilities that poses a threat to the health, safety, or welfare of the community. Blight can also be defined as a building with substantial physical dilapidation, deterioration, or defective construction of the building or infrastructure or significant noncompliance with current building code, safety code, health code, or fire code requirements or local ordinances.

For information about design requirements, see page 3 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182265

Estimated Size of Grant:

This program provides grants up to $25,000 for a single project. (An additional $25,000 may be available through the Salt Lake City Economic Development Loan Fund (EDLF) Microloan Program.)

Term of Contract:

If the building is currently vacant or blighted, the applicant has six months to arrange a tenant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The current focus is on small, local businesses in “The Westside Target Area”. The eligible westside neighborhoods are: Fairpark, Jordan Meadows, Poplar Grove, Downtown, Central 9th, Ballpark, Central City, Liberty Well, and Glendale. There is a map of the target area on page 6 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents below. Both sides of the street are eligible.

To be eligible, applicants must have for-profit commercial buildings with facades visible from the street. Buildings must be located on a commercial corridor with street access. Mixed-use commercial/residential buildings are eligible, but improvements must be limited to the commercial portion of the building.

The applicant must own the project being rehabilitated, or obtain written permission from the owner if the applicant is a tenant.

The Neighborhood Building Improvement Program extends assistance to eligible projects under 24CFR 570.202(a)(3). Because the program is funded with federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, all projects must comply with the CDBG program’s National Objective, as follows:
- Benefit low and moderate-income persons
- The business has a service area that is a) primarily residential and, b) is comprised of at least 51% low and moderate-income residents. Low to moderate-income is defined as 80% of the area median income as published annually by HUD for Salt Lake County.
- Address or remove blight on a spot basis.

Ineligible uses of funds include the following:
- Painting unpainted brick
- Public sidewalks
- Parking lots and/or paving
- Landscaping
- Equipment and furnishings
- New construction
- Property acquisition
- Expansion of the building area
- Other activities specifically prohibited

Applications will not be accepted for improvements already underway.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are open September 10th, 2020 until October 18th, 2020.

The Neighborhood Building Improvement Program Committee will evaluate all applications and grant awards to the proposed projects that are determined to have the greatest impact within the targeted areas. The Committee meeting will take place about a month after the application deadline.

Projects will be submitted for an Environmental Review. If the building is over 50 years old or resides within an Historic District, receipt of a certificate of appropriateness from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will be required. This can take up to 30 days.

Note: Eligible activities must occur after the contract has been executed to qualify for reimbursement.

If the applicant’s business location resides within the 100 Year Flood Zones, they are required to have flood insurance to receive Federal Funds. Before applying, please check to see if your business is located within the 100 Year Flooding Zones.

Projects will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to ensure eligibility with CDBG National Objective. Once a projected is approved, applicants and contractors must agree to provide supporting documentation and comply with reporting requirements.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Program contacts:

Tony Milner

Ethan Sellers

Barbara Tobin

Grant Coverage Areas:

See map on URL for Full Text below.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Utah: Fairpark, Jordan Meadows, Poplar Grove, Downtown, Central 9th, Ballpark, Central City, Liberty Wells, and Glendale areas of Salt Lake City

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