Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative

The East Lansing Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative supports neighborhood associations by providing opportunities to help enhance a neighborhood's character and quality of life through active community engagement. The goal is to support citizenship, foster two-way communication and build community by taking a new approach to neighborhood support and outreach.

East Lansing's 25 active neighborhoods have reinforced a neighborhood's character through a range of projects, including planting flowers, installing signage, development of neighborhood pocket parks, creation of special events and more.

They have also developed strong communication channels among neighbors and local city government through a variety of key components:

City Staff Liaisons

City Staff Liaisons provide support to neighborhoods by creating a personal link to City Hall and provide one point of contact for questions, concerns and ideas that neighbors have for their neighborhood.

City-Sponsored, Community-Maintained Neighborhood Webpages

Neighborhood Associations have the opportunity to maintain their own webpage at no cost to the neighborhood. The East Lansing Neighborhoods website can be found at

Neighborhood Enhancement Minigrants

Neighborhood Enhancement Minigrants are available to neighborhoods that have been assigned a staff liaison for projects that reinforce a neighborhood’s character. Five $250 minigrants are available each fiscal year to neighborhoods on a first come, first serve basis. Apply for a Neighborhood Enhancement Minigrant.