Sheri Wahrgren
Downtown Revitalization Manager

Phone 503-588-6178
Fax 503-589-2054
TTY/TDD 503-588-6370

Urban Development Department
350 Commercial St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

Riverfront Downtown Capital Improvement Grant Program

McGilchrist building exterior © 2014 Ron CooperTo enable creative and flexible approaches to stimulate and finance its vision, the Riverfront Downtown Urban Renewal Area Capital Improvement Grant Program was created as a funding option for eligible property owners.


To be eligible for a small or large project grant, all projects must meet at least one of the following Strategic Action Plan Objectives:

  • New construction
  • Mixed-use, including housing
  • Alley improvements
  • Historic preservation projects that require Historic Landmarks Review
  • Expansion of existing business, retention or recruitment of a new business that results in creating new jobs
  • Upper floor renovation - improvements that make current space which is not leased, ready for tenants to occupy
  • Exterior beautification projects

* All grant funding is contingent upon available funds and cannot fund project costs incurred prior to grant approval. Additional terms may apply and terms are subject to change.

Small Project Grant

Total Project Cost Grant Amount
$10,000 - $100,000 50% of Eligible Costs

Large Project Grant

Total Project Cost Grant Amount
$100,001 - $300,000 $50,000 + 25% of eligible project cost over $100,000
$300,001 - $600,000 $100,000 + 20% of eligible project cost over $300,000
$600,001 + $160,000 + 15% of eligible project cost over $600,000

Maximum Grant $300,000


  • Property owners who show fee title
  • Tax-exempt properties are not eligible
  • Property must be located within the Riverfront-Downtown Urban Renewal Area
  • Properties that are 100% residential are excluded

Examples of Eligible Activities (Conditions Apply)

  • Plumbing
  • Storefronts
  • Fire sprinklers
  • Electrical
  • Elevators
  • Alley improvements
  • Seismic
  • Skylights
  • Windows

Roof work is not grant eligible.

Other Grants Available Within the Riverfront Urban Renewal Area

Additional Information