The East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has allocated $250,000 in discretionary funds to launch a Business Relief Program (BRP) for DDA businesses that are suffering financial hardship as a result of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
Brick-and-mortar businesses located within the DDA boundaries can apply for a $2,500 business relief grant through the program.
The BRP application for the first round of grants is now closed and 57 businesses have been awarded grants. On May 14, 2020, theDDA approved a second round of $2,500 grants. The application for the second round of BRP grants is expected to open on Tuesday, June 2 and close on Friday, June 5. More details below.
Second Round of Grants Approved (5/14/20)
The DDA has approved a second round of $2,500 BRP grants, which will utilize the remaining $107,500 of discretionary funds approved for the program. The application for the second round of BRP grants is expected to open on Tuesday, June 2 and close on Friday, June 5. While much of the program details will remain the same, the eligibility requirements have been modified to allow DDA businesses that are currently delinquent on City taxes and fees to make payments no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, June 1. If payments are made by that date/time, businesses will meet that specific eligibility requirement for the second round of BRP grants. Businesses that received a grant through the first round of the BRP will not be eligible for the second round of grants. Additional details on the second round of grants will be provided soon.