Lansing CARES Program

The City of Lansing is receiving a total of $1,480,294 of Community Development Block Grant funds from two different grant rounds. These funds may only be used to assist the City to prevent or respond to the effects of the spread of COVID-19. It was part of the federal CARES Act passed in March of 2020.

View the Lansing CARES Programs Flyer.

The funds will be used on the following:

  • Business assistance: The City will spend $600,000 to provide emergency financial assistance and disaster planning training  to qualified City of Lansing small business in danger of going out of business due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be administered by the Lansing EDC (LEAP). Loans will range from $5,000-$50,000, and can be sued for operating expenses.
  • Microenterprise assistance: The City will spend $100,000 to provide emergency financial assistance and disaster planning training  to qualified City of Lansing microenterprises (defined as having 5 or fewer employees) in danger of going out of business due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be administered by Michigan Women Forward and is not limited to females.
  • Lansing Cares Homeless Prevention: The balance of available funds, $780,294 will be used to provide homeless prevention, including rent and mortgage payments for up to three months to qualifying Lansing residents. These funds will be administered by Capital Area Housing Partnership.