Deadline for submitting paperwork is Dec. 5
Michigan’s state housing authority is taking applications for individual grants of up to $50,000 to improve neighborhoods in Michigan.
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority is accepting applications from local units of government and nonprofits by offering an opportunity to improve neighborhoods through Neighborhood Enhancement Program grants, which focus on significant activities directly tied to neighborhood stabilization and single-family housing improvements.
“We’ve been awarding NEP grants since 2017, and for the first time we are setting aside up to $1 million, or half of the available funding, specifically for rural communities,” said Gary Heidel, acting executive director at the housing authority. “The proposals should be for housing-oriented activities that improve the quality of life for people living in the area.”
Applicants must show a neighborhood need with a focus on improvements to owner-occupied single-family homes (minimum of 50% of request) and neighborhood/public amenity enhancements (maximum of 50% of request). All proposed activities should be designed to improve the quality of life for residents of low- and moderate-income housing and be targeted in an area undergoing neighborhood conservation and renewal, Heidel said.
Grant allocations range from $10,000 to $50,000 and multiple projects of smaller amounts may be combined to reach the minimum threshold or above, Heidel explained. The maximum grant award is based on population; a community with up to 49,999 people is eligible for up to $30,000; Michigan State Housing Development Authority Mod neighborhoods can receive up to $40,000; and a population of 50,000 or more could receive up to $50,000.
“The goal of this funding is to help – and showcase – model Michigan neighborhoods where residents are engaged and facilitating change,” said Heidel. “We are looking to support creative ideas that are community focused and have local buy-in with demonstrated support from people in the community.”
Application information and additional requirements can be found at www.Michigan.gov/NeighborhoodEnhancement under “how to apply.” The deadline for submission is Dec. 5.