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The City of Lansing Façade Improvement Program provides targeted assistance for improving the appearance and structural conditions of building façades in highly visible and critical areas of the City.


  • Application Open Until: April 1, 2020
  • Application will close when all grant funds have been committed.
  • Project Completion and Reimbursement Submission Deadline: May 31st, 2020

Eligibility and Requirements

  • The program is directed at commercial, office and mixed-use buildings adjacent to main corridors and neighborhood nodes within the City of Lansing. 
  • Property owners and tenants are eligible to apply, but if a tenant applies the building owner must support the improvements in writing.
  • Eligible activities are for a building façade only but may include windows, signage, lighting, and improvements to create barrier free and accessible entryways as part of the overall façade improvement. 
  • No activity will be eligible that is separate from an overall façade. For instance, landscaping/ streetscaping and light poles are not eligible. 
  • All improvements must be fixed/permanent.
  • Previous façade improvements and unapproved work will not be funded.
  • Applicants must match at least 50% of requested grant funds.
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Grant Levels

The Façade Improvement Program offers three types of flexible grant awards. Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis.

Full Grant - $10,000 and above

For façade projects totaling $10,000 and above, grant funds will provide a “dollar for dollar” match (50% of the total project cost) up to a maximum $20,000 award. This award is for façade projects involving substantial restoration, rehabilitation, or replacement. The grant funds are provided on a reimbursement basis and offers no upfront money.

Micro-Façade/Sign Grant – Less than $10,000

For façade projects with a total cost under $10,000, grant funds will provide a “dollar for dollar” match (50% of the total project cost) up to a maximum $5,000 award. This award is for small façade projects or for projects that consist of limited improvements including signage, paint, window/door repair, lighting and entryways. The grant funds are provided on a reimbursement basis and offers no upfront money.

Design Program Award – Up to $2,000

For development of renderings/ façade designs and material specifications to assist with the application of a matching grant award. Up to a $2,000 award value per applicant (total of $10,000 available in this category). Further architectural/engineering costs related to the façade that are beyond the award value are the responsibility of the applicant, but may be approved as match for a future grant award. Pre-application form and letter of commitment to façade improvement are required. Applications for these funds are considered on a case by case basis.

Corridor Map

Thumbnail image of corridor eligibility map

Fact Sheets

Arabic - Facade Improvement Program Fact Sheet 

Chinese - Facade Improvement Program Fact Sheet 

Spanish - Facade Improvement Program Fact Sheet 

English - Facade Improvement Program Fact Sheet 

Multi-Language Support
Phone: (517) 337-2700
Toll-Free: (855) 337-2700


Hannah Bryant 
Economic Development Specialist
(517) 388-1947

To Apply

Pre-application and commitment to façade improvement is required. Pre-application submission does not guarantee funding. If your pre-application is approved you will be invited to submit a full application packet. Awardees must be approved and enter into a Grant and Design Agreement prior to the start of any work.


You Will Need

  • Property address and owner information
  • Estimated cost of improvements and private investment
  • Photographs of current facade
  • Tenants Only: Copy of an Owner Permission Letter  to upload (doc, docx, pdf allowed)
  • Optional: Supporting documentation (budget, estimates, project schedule, etc.)

Tenant Application    Owner Application

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