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New grant program focuses on neighborhood enhancement

MSHDA is funding up to $350,000 in statewide grants for neighborhood stabilization and enhancement projects.

Media Contact: Misty Miller
517-373-1858 |

March 8, 2017


Lansing, MICH. – Nonprofits in Michigan have one more week to apply for a Neighborhood Enhancement Program grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to implement high-impact activities directly tied to stabilization and enhancement of local neighborhoods.

“We are looking for innovative ideas that will address a neighborhood’s specific needs,” said MSHDA Executive Director Earl Poleski. “The proposals should be for highly visible housing-oriented activities that improve the quality of life for people living in the community.”

Nonprofit agencies interested in applying are asked to propose initiatives that align with one or more of three core neighborhood components: neighborhood public amenity enhancements, beautification and infrastructure enhancements. Respondents must be able to mobilize quickly to meet the implementation-ready objective. The grant term is anticipated to be June 1 to December 31, 2017.

Grant allocations will range from $2,500 to $50,000 per agency. Multiple activities of smaller amounts may be combined to reach the minimum threshold or above, but proposals cannot exceed the maximum amount. MSHDA plans to award up to $350,000 across Michigan with this program.

Requests for proposals are open to any 501c3 agency operating within a Michigan neighborhood. The Authority is looking for creative ideas that are community focused with local buy-in and demonstrated support within the neighborhood.

“The goal of this funding is to help – and eventually showcase – model Michigan neighborhoods where residents are engaged and facilitating change,” Poleski said.

The RFP and additional details about the application process can be accessed on MSHDA’s website. Proposals are due no later than Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities.*

*MSHDA's loans and operating expenses are financed through the sale of tax-exempt and taxable bonds as well as notes to private investors, not from state tax revenues. Proceeds are loaned at below-market interest rates to developers of rental housing, and help fund mortgages and home improvement loans. MSHDA also administers several federal housing programs. For more information, visit