Salt Lake City to provide mini-grants to projects aimed at improving Jordan River corridor

Jul 12, 2022, 8:54 AM
A paved trail with a sign reading Jordan River trail next to it...
A directional sign points the way along the Jordan River Trail. Plans announced for development of the Jordan River Parkway on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Photo credit: Scott G Winterton/Deseret News.

SALT LAKE CITY — Mayor Erin Mendenhall’s office has asked the public to submit their ideas on how to improve public areas around the Jordan River. The city will award mini-grants to projects aimed at bettering the Jordan River corridor.

Salt Lake City residents can submit ideas for volunteer-led projects that will bring the community together, beautify the area, or make the area safer. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2022, and the city will award the grants in August.

The mini-grants range from $200 to $2,500. They stem from a $100,000 grant awarded to Salt Lake City as part of the “Love Your Block” program. 

“‘Love Your Block’ is about partnering with residents to identify and solve public problems together,” said Mendenhall. “It’s not just about transforming a space, it’s about creating a place for neighbors to get to know one another and work together to improve the neighborhood.”

Cities of Service, a coalition of cities across the U.S., funds the “Love Your Block” program. Cities of Service awarded funding to seven other cities apart from Salt Lake.

According to Cities of Service’s website, the coalition “helps mayors build stronger cities by changing the way local government and citizens work together.”

The city provided a list of examples of “Love Your Block” projects. Examples included river clean-up, murals, a community garden and maintenance on low-income housing.

“We hope ‘Love Your Block’ will inspire residents to foster friendships and bolster community interactions,” said Special Projects and Volunteer Manager for Mayor Mendenhall’s Office Katie Riser. “Community improvement projects can help people feel safer in spaces that they live or work simply by creating opportunities for neighbors to meet and bond over shared interests.”

More information on the “Love Your Block” mini-grants and project submission can be found here.

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Salt Lake City to provide mini-grants to projects aimed at improving Jordan River corridor