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.

Small Business Relief Grant Program

The City of East Lansing has launched a Small Business Relief Grant Program focused on job retention throughout the East Lansing community. Business applicants with employees meeting income eligibility requirements can apply to receive up to $10,000 in grant assistance towards lease payments, mortgage payments, utility payments and payroll expenses. Grant funds will be issued on a reimbursement basis only.

Program funding is being provided by the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). As a Community Development Block Grant entitlement community, the City of East Lansing received funds from HUD to assist in the preparation and response to the coronavirus.  

Notice of Substantial Amendment to Program Year 2019 Action Plan Document & Notice OF Five-Day Public Comment Period

In response to the CARES Act, the City of East Lansing has been allocated an estimated $228,126 in CDBG-Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) Round 3 funds.  These funds are to be used in the prevention, preparedness, or response to the COVID 19 Pandemic.

The City of East Lansing is recommending the following substantial amendment to the 2019 Action Plan document that will be directed towards immediate coronavirus assistance:

Housing & Utilities Assistance Program that addresses the immediate need for emergency rental, mortgage, or utilities assistance.

Per the City of East Lansing Citizen Participation Plan and the presence of a national disaster with the coronavirus, a Substantial Amendment to the 2019 Action Plan document (PDF) is being made for the public to review and provide comment on for a period of not less than 5 days. 

The public may view and provide comment on the above proposed amendments during the following period: 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021 through 5 p.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021.  Comments to the proposed amendments can be addressed to: Amy Schlusler-Schmitt at or mailed to 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI 48823 C/O Amy Schlusler-Schmitt. 

If members of the public would like to receive a printed copy of the document to review, please call Amy Schlusler-Schmitt at (517) 319-6931 and accommodations will be made so that the document is mailed to you.

In addition, a public hearing regarding the proposed Substantial Amendment to the 2019 Action Plan document (PDF) will be held before the East Lansing City Council. View the public hearing notice (PDF).