Hoosier Uplands Grant

On June 17th, the City of Salem and the Salem Fire Department received a $20,000 grant from the Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation.  The grant is to be used for the replacement of a failing outdoor staircase, which is wooden and poses safety concerns due to deterioration. The Community Development and Improvement Program Grant allows the Salem Fire Department to have a safe and usable 2nd floor means of egress from the building.  This grant will improve the current design by utilizing an all steel structure that the weather will not destroy.  The City of Salem and the Salem Fire Department are grateful to Hoosier Uplands for this critical funding for improved Department safety.


City of Salem Business Covid-19 Relief Fund Application

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs has awarded the City of Salem $250,000 for Covid-19 relief to small businesses. This award is to fund a local small business grant program to help retain jobs within local businesses. Businesses will be able to apply for $5,000 grants to sustain expenses such as rent, working capital, and utilities.

The City of Salem would like to announce the application process has been approved by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Applicants may access the link below to fill out a form for consideration of up to $5,000 worth of federal grant dollars from a program underwritten by Housing and Urban Development.

Click here for the Covid-19 Relief Fund Application


Arbor Day Foundation Names Salem Tree City USA

Salem was named a 2019 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. 

Salem achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community fore try budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand," said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The trees being planted and cared for by Salem are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy to a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."

If ever there was a time for trees, now is that time. Communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, energy use, and protection from extreme heat and :flooding. The Arbor Day Foundation recently launched the Time for Trees initiative to address these issues, with unprecedented goals of planting 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspiring 5 million tree planters by 2022. With Tree City USA recognition, Salem has demonstrated a commitment to effective urban forest management and doing its part to help address these challenges for Salem residents now and in the future.

More information on the program is available at

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mi ion to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at


Celebrating Arbor Day in Salem

Although Arbor Day is typically celebrated in April, due to COVID-19 the city was unable to have any Arbor Day related events last month.  However, in honor of Arbor Day and to promote tree planting throughout the city, we are giving away free redbud trees from now until the end of the month or while supplies last.  If you would like to pick up your free tree to plant, visit City Hall any time.  Trees will be located for pick up by the rear entrance.  Any leftover trees after the giveaway will be planted at Lake Salinda. 

Please see below for a tree planting guide!