Mayor Andy Schor announced the recipients of the Neighborhood Grant Program, as recommended by the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Board, during a Facebook Live broadcast with Department of Neighborhoods + Citizen Engagement (DNCE) Director Andi Crawford.
“Neighborhoods are a priority of my administration and I am proud that we are able to continue to support them, especially during these hard times,” said Mayor Schor. “I applaud our residents for their creative project ideas, and I am looking forward to seeing these projects come to fruition.”
DNCE launched the Neighborhood Grant Program alongside the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Board in October of 2019. Leading up to the application due date, Civic Organizations were provided the opportunity to attend educational workshops for help navigating their grant request. $65,000 in total was awarded and the outreach work done by DNCE and the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Board doubled application requests compared to the previous year.
“I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to once again hear the wonderful ideas of Lansing neighbors! This year, City staff and the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Board worked hard to broaden our outreach, improve our grant-writing assistance and facilitate the process with a convenient paperless application and review,” said Kathleen Francis of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Board. “It was a huge success and I’m proud of all of our applicants, both those with successful grants and those that will no doubt succeed in future grant cycles. Please keep your inspirational ideas coming!”
The City of Lansing again partnered with Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) to increase funding available for two of the projects. CATA offered to match grants of winning projects that will support creation of new bus shelters in Frog Holler and Prospect PLACE Neighborhoods.
CATA Chief Executive Officer Bradley T. Funkhouser said, “CATA is a proud partner to the City of Lansing, providing an in-kind match to grant recipients that will cover the cost of concrete work, as well as the procurement and installation of a bus shelter. We are tremendously excited to continue our work with the city and the two neighborhood groups selected to receive this grant. Together, these bus shelters will incorporate art, culture and character unique to each neighborhood’s residents. As indicated by our strategic objectives, CATA is committed to driving community partnership.”
List of 2020 Neighborhood Grant Recipients
Neighborhoods in Bloom
Lansing Board of Water and Light Tree Planting Program
$200 Mini Grants
The Facebook Live broadcast is available to watch at www.facebook.com/cityoflansingmi.