Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP)

City Of Dowagiac NEP 2019

City of Lapeer NEP 2019

Village of Mancelona NEP 2019

Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency receives neighborhood enhancement grant

Habitat for Humanity Oakland County is revitalizing the neighborhood

Dowagiac launches Neighborhood Enhancement Project

Church gets grant for housing rehab, Community Garden

Round 5 Announcement Coming Soon!

The Neighborhood Enhancement Program is an opportunity for local municipalities across Michigan to improve their communities. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding this program.

Q. Who can apply?
A.  Nonprofit 501c3 Agencies and Local Units of Government that receive a combined total of less than $350,000 in annual CDBG/HOME allocations.

Q. What is the process?
A.  1st Step:  Formal submission of a Letter of Intent, Support Letters and Neighborhood Pictures – Deadline Dec. 5th
      2nd Step:  MSHDA reviews submissions and determines the Reservation of Funds – January/Early Feb. 2020
      3rd Step:  Notification and system access granted to complete Partnership Profile and Applications based on reservation of funds – February 2020
      4th Step:  Partnership Profile and Application submitted, reviewed and approved – March/Early April 2020
      5th Step:  Grant agreement prepared and executed  April/May 2020
      5th Step:  Once Grant Agreement is complete - Program Guidelines approved, pre-approval forms submitted and Notice to Proceed issued
      6th Step:  Work begins on or after June 1, 2020 and ends by December 31, 2020

Q. Where does the grant come from?
A.  MSHDA General Operating Dollars

Q. When can I apply?
A.  Letter of Intent deadline is December 5, 2019

Q. When are grants awarded?
A.  Spring 2020

Q. What can the grant be used for?
A.  At least 50% must be used for Housing Enhancements and up to 50% of the remaining dollars can be used for Neighborhood and Public Amenity Enhancements.  

Q. What have past grantees used the funds for?
A.  Accessibility Improvements such as porches, entranceways/sidewalks, ramps, driveways
     Windows, doors, siding, paint, roofs
     Park improvements, orchards, community gardens, playground equipment, pavilion installation/repair, water faucet installation, trails, paths, signage

Q. Who do I contact with questions?
A.  Submit written questions to the

2019 NEP Grant Awardees in Funding Rounds 3 and 4

The NEP program provides MSHDA funding statewide for activities directly tied to stabilization and enhancement of Michigan neighborhoods by nonprofit 501(c)3 agencies. 

The NEP program’s primary goals are to identify and fund innovative activities to address a neighborhood’s specific needs; assist and then showcase Michigan neighborhood(s) where people are engaged and facilitating change; and to provide funding to facilitate and implement activities.   

The NEP program can financially assist high-impact, innovative, neighborhood housing-oriented activities that benefit low and moderate income areas and residents.  There are three eligible neighborhood components: 1) Beautification; 2) Neighborhood Public Amenity Enhancements; and 3) Housing Enhancements to owner-occupied single-family homes.  All three components are designed to fund tangible housing-oriented activities that are:  implementation ready; highly visible; impactful to the neighborhood and resident’s qualify of life; holistically/community focused; and where there is buy-in and demonstrated support within the neighborhood and community.

Round One Final Outcome Reports

Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency
CAA Jackson Final Outcome Report 
Cody Rouge - Detroit Final Report
Habitat Huron Valley Final Outcome Report
Jefferson East - Detroit Final Outcome Report
Northern Homes CDC Petoskey Final Outcome Report - Phase 1
Northern Homes CDC Petoskey Final Outcome Report - Phase 2
Neighborhood INC of Battle Creek Final Outcome Report
Vanguard CDC Detroit Final Outcome Report
Bethany House Final Outcome Report
Venture, INC.- Pontiac

Round Two Final Outcome Reports

Round Two Final Outcome Report
Bay Area Housing Final Outcome Report
Allen Neighborhood Final Outcome Report
Focus Hope Final Outcome Report
Vibrant Kalamazoo Outcome Report
LifeBuilders Final Outcome Report
Venture, INC - Pontiac Final Outcome Report - Phase 1
Venture, INC - Pontiac - Phase 2
Bridging Communities Final Outcome Report
Arab American & Chaldean Council Final Outcome Report

NEP Compliance Manual

Neighborhood Handbook
Training Manual/System User's Guide
Notice To Proceed Template
NEP Pre-Approval Request Form
NEP Self-Certification Form Template

NEP Chart Round 4 – Component overview   -- Exhibit A

Housing Initiatives Division NEP Contact Directory