Neighborhood Grants


Any registered civic organization or active neighborhood watch can apply for a neighborhood grant. If your civic organization is not registered, you can do so at here. Neighborhood organizations, associations and watches are the preferred grant recipients. All projects must impact a neighborhood in the City of Lansing. 

  • Projects of all sizes up to $5,000 will be considered to receive funding. 
  • Organizations may apply for more than one project. 
  • Applicants should complete separate applications for each project.
  • Applicants must indicate which project is their top priority on their application.
  • Applications for the 2018-2019 grant cycle will open on October 18, 2018
  • The Neighborhood Advisory Board will host a Grant Kick-Off and Workshop at Foster Community Center on October 18, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

​2018-2019 Neighborhood Grant Timeline

Application Opens: October 18, 2018, 8 a.m.
Grant Kickoff & Workshop: October 18, 2018, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Foster Community Center
Project Feedback Session: November 15, 2018, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Foster Community Center
Final Project Feedback Session: January 17, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Foster Community Center
Applications Due: February 1, 2019 by 5 p.m.
Applicants Notified: the week of April 8, 2019
Check Distribution: April 18, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Foster Community Center
*All checks not picked up by April 30 will be forfeited. 
Grant Final Report Due: September 30, 2019 by 5 p.m.

​Application Process

  1. If you have not already done so, register your civic organization by completing the 2018 Civic Organization Registration Form here. Neighborhood watches are not required to complete this form.
  2. Complete the online or paper grant application. Be sure to include the required supplemental materials listed on the grant application.
  3. You will be notified if you have been selected to receive a grant or if your application was denied. 
  4. Once your project has been completed you are required to complete the Grant Final Report and return it to the Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement by September 30, 2019 at 5 p.m.


  • Funds cannot be spent on commercial, private, or rental properties; gift cards; political, religious, or satanic items; alcohol, tobacco, fireworks, marijuana, illegal substances, or firearms. 
  • Funds should not be spent on labor. Labor consists of, but is not limited to, wages for labor, entertainment fees, honorarium, or travel. Neighborhood volunteer and in-kind contributions should be sought for projects. Some exceptions for technical work will be considered. Projects that require special equipment (i.e. licensed operation services) will be considered.
  • All activities must take place inside the City of Lansing.


Direct all questions to:

Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement
316 N. Capitol Ave – D1 | Lansing, MI 48933

Forms​ & Resources

2018-2019 Online Neighborhood Grant Application
2018-2019 $100 Mini Grant Application

2018-2019 Neighborhood Grant Application

 (Printable Version)

2018-2019 Grant Guidelines

Read the Grant Guidelines to learn more about the grant application process and the limitations for using grant funding.

Grant Workshop PowerPoint Presentation

If you weren't able to attend the Grant Kick-Off event, you can access the slides from that event here.

2018-2019 Grant Extension Requests

A request for an extension must be submitted on or before August 2, 2019 or the request will be denied and your group may not be eligible for the next grant cycle. Please contact the Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement for assistance. 

2018-2019 Grant Final Report

A Final Report showing all expenditures is due by Friday, September 27, 2019, or at the end of the extension date which should include all original receipts showing expenses.