The East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has approved a second round of $2,500 Business Relief Program (BRP) grants with modified eligibility requirements, which will utilize the remaining $107,500 of discretionary funds approved for the program.A total of 43 BRP grants remain available for brick-and-mortar businesses within the DDA boundary that are suffering financial hardship as a result of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) crisis and relevant executive orders. Businesses that received a grant through the first round of the program are not eligible for the second round of grant funding.
To be eligible for the second round of grants, businesses must not be delinquent on any City of East Lansing accounts, fees or assessments prior to the COVID-19 crisis; however, if those delinquent accounts are paid in full by 5 p.m. on June 1, 2020, businesses will meet that eligibility requirement. Businesses can contact the East Lansing Finance Department at (517) 319-6826 to determine if they have delinquent accounts (i.e. real estate, personal property taxes, water bills, license fees). Businesses may also need to contact the East Lansing Department of Public Works at (517) 337-9459 to determine if they are delinquent on any cross-connection fees. Additional eligibility requirements, scoring criteria, a DDA boundary map and a PDF of the application (for information purposes only) are linked below.
The BRP application for the second round of BRP grants will be open from 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2 through 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 5. The application period has now closed.