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EAST LANSING, Mich. — 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. Through the program, which was announced on April 30, 2020, 100 eligible DDA businesses will be awarded $2,500 business relief grants.The BRP grant application for business relief grant funds is now open and can be accessed from the City of East Lansing’s website: www.cityofeastlansing.com/businessrelief. The application will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2020.Businesses wishing to apply for BRP grant funds must be physically located (brick and mortar) within the DDA boundaries; must be directly affected by the COVID-19 crisis and related executive orders; and must not be delinquent on any accounts, fees or assessments owed to the City of East Lansing prior to the City’s COVID-19 local state of emergency declaration. Complete eligibility requirements, application scoring criteria, a description of the review process, frequently asked questions and the award and distribution timeline are available at www.cityofeastlansing.com/businessrelief.