Labor and Economic Opportunity
Media Contact: Misty Elliott
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October 10, 2019
Lansing, MICH. – Local units of government and nonprofits in Michigan, especially those in rural communities, have a new opportunity to help their neighbors by applying for a Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. NEP grants support high-impact activities directly tied to 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 MSHDA. “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 percent of request) and neighborhood/public amenity enhancements (maximum of 50 percent of request). All proposed activities should be designed to improve the quality of life for residents of low- and moderate-income housing and/or be targeted in an area undergoing neighborhood conservation and renewal.
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. The maximum grant award is based on population; a community with 0-49,999 people is eligible for up to $30,000; MSHDA Mod neighborhoods can receive up to $40,000; and a population of 50,000 or more can 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 Michigan.gov/NeighborhoodEnhancement under “how to apply.” The deadline for submission is Thursday, December 5, 2019.