Community Development Block Grant Program

The Community Development Division administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the Human Services General Fund Grant programs, which fund services and projects benefiting income-qualified residents that meet the HUD Income Qualifications.

The Community Development Advisory Committee determines distribution of annual funding for both the CDBG and Human Services grant applicants. The Citizen Participation Plan (PDF) outlines the process by which the CDBG grant applications will be reviewed and how community members are involved throughout the grant award process.

Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), which is provided by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), funds programs that provide human services or public service infrastructure services, including:

  • legal assistance
  • homeless shelter and food pantry services
  • domestic violence support
  • medical / dental services
  • housing rehabilitation
  • homebuyer assistance
  • economic development activities which create and retain jobs

Human Services General Fund Grant

The Human Services General Fund Grant and Mini Grant program are funded by up to 1% of the City of East Lansing's General Fund budget. Agencies that apply for these funds have be registered as a 501(c)3 organization. Examples of services supported are as follows:

  • literacy services
  • medical service
  • crisis hotlines
  • mentoring programs
Upon review of the grant applications, 3 agencies will receive grant awards of $10,000 through the Human Services Grant Program and 10 agencies will receive grant awards of $2,000.


Applications for annual funding cycles became available in mid November and are due in mid December. All completed applications must be submitted by email. Paper copies of the grant application(s) will not be accepted. View CDBG & General Fund grant applications.