Economic Development Loan Fund

The Salt Lake City Economic Development Loan Fund's purpose is to create job opportunities, stimulate business development and expansion, encourage private investment, promote economic development, and enhance neighborhood vitality in Salt Lake City by making loans available to businesses that meet city goals.
Loans are available for:
  • New and existing businesses
  • Revenue producing non-profit ventures
  • A business interested in relocating to Salt Lake City
  • Businesses impacted by road construction
  • Acquisition of real estate (land or buildings)
  • Signage, retail presentation, display work
  • Energy-efficient (e2)equipment upgrades and building retrofits 
  • Fixtures, furnishings and equipment (FFE)
  • Inventory
  • Working Capital
Review the links below for more information about process, timing and applications.
EDLF Policies and Procedures Manual (coming soon)
Loan Process

1.Download the Preliminary Evaluation Application and submit the completed application to the EDLF manager. 

2. After the Preliminary Evaluation Application is reviewed and you have been notified to proceed to the full application, provide the following:

  •  A completed Loan Application (see link under "Loan Application").
  •  $100 nonrefundable Application Fee payable to Salt Lake City Corporation - call (801) 535-7273 to arrange for payment.

  •  A Business Plan with the information outlined in the Loan Application, including 3-year financial projections.

  •  The required Financial Documents, including tax returns, profit/loss statements, etc.

3. Email or call the City's Economic Development Manager to set up a time to review the completed application at (801) 535-7258. 

4. Your submitted Loan Application will be reviewed and corresponding documents will be distributed to the Economic Development Loan Fund Committee. The Loan Committee meets monthly or as needed to review loan requests. At the meeting, you will have the opportunity to meet with the Loan Committee to present your business plan and answer any questions. After your presentation, the Loan Committee will meet to evaluate the loan. You will be notified by either email or phone within 5-7 business days of the Loan Committee's decision.


Loan Process

Summary of the steps an applicant will take.
Loan Options and Types

The EDLF offers 3 basic types of loans.

1. New or Startup businesses ( Younger than 3 years): Can apply for loans up to $100,000

2. Existing businesses (3 years or older): Can apply for loans up to $350,000

3. Microloans: Loans that are $25,000 or less.





*For a more detailed description see the attached PDF describing the types of loans offered, ED Loan Types.

Summary of the loans, requirements, and terms.
Loan Application and Evaluation Criteria

Click here to download the EDLF Loan Program Policies and Guidelines Handbook. 

Click here to download the EDLF Application Part A.

Click here to download the EDLF Application Part B

Click here to download the Energy Efficiency Loan Application.

You may fill out electronically, save, and email our Economic Development Manager with your completed Loan application.

Optionally, you may view and/or fill out the Financial Data Summary Form  (including financial statements, corporate and personal tax returns, collateral, job creation, financial projections) and email it to This form will be used to summarize all of your financial information and may help speed up the process and/or inform you of the required materials and what the loan committee will view. 


Please provide an electronic copy of your business plan along with your loan application. All hard copy materials will be converted to electronic materials. If necessary, you may print and mail or deliver hard copies of any materials to the Economic Development division, who will scan in the documents and return to you. Note: generally, all owners with more than 20% ownership must be guarantors (co-signers).  Additional guarantors may be required, and/or boost the evaluation of your application. 

Loan Evaluation Criteria (out of 100 points)    

Financial Data – 40 points

  • Past financial obligations (5)
  • Current business well being (10)
  • Reasonableness of financial forecast (10)
  • Collateral (10)
  • Credit Score (5)

Business Plan – 25 points

  • Overall Business plan (15)
  • Management team/personnel (10)

Economic Impact – 35 points

  • Neighborhood impact (15)
  • Job creation (10)
  • Overall City Goals (10)

Bonus Points (up to 5) – outstanding presentation to loan committee 

Printable PDF version of the EDLF Loan Application.
A list of important business resources for the Economic Development Loan Fund