Outdoor Area Expansion & Beautification Grants

The East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has allocated $43,000 to launch an Outdoor Area Expansion and Beautification Grant Program in support of downtown East Lansing businesses.

The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance to support eligible business with the expansion of their outdoor dining, seating, shopping and/or service area into adjacent private or public spaces. The program will provide a dollar-for-dollar match (up to $2,500 per eligible business) for approved infrastructure and/or site plan design expenditures on a first come, first served basis.

Eligible applicants include businesses located within the boundaries of the DDA that have prior approved 2020 or 2021 Temporary Outdoor Seating Area Expansion plans or approved 2021 Temporary Outdoor Area Expansion and Beautification plans. Additionally, eligible business applicants must be current on all City taxes.

Compliance information and step-by-step instructions on the application process are outlined in the informational document below. The grant program application is also provided below: 


Email business.support@cityofeastlansing.com.