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Labor and Economic Opportunity

Blight Elimination Programs

The State Land Bank has demolished more than 3,300 blighted structures since 2010. Our agency works with local officials and local land banks to help strengthen and transform communities - of all sizes - across the state. 

Michigan Rural Community Demolition Grants

Michigan county land banks and local units of government in counties with populations under 50,000 can apply for the second round of Michigan Rural Community Demolition Grants. Smaller communities in Michigan can apply for a $50,000 grant to remove vacant and abandoned structures from their neighborhoods and prepare for future developments that spark business investment and provide good jobs for residents. 

The maximum award per proposal is $50,000 and can be used toward vacant and abandoned, blighted commercial or residential structures. Proposals will be evaluated based on their anticipated impact in promoting public safety, enhancing economic development, public and private investment in the project and alignment with the community vision or other placemaking efforts.

Applications are due Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m.

2020 Rural Community Demolition Grant Instruction and Application

2020 Rural Community Demolition Grant Q&A