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Small Business Support Grants


Downtown Lansing Inc. announces an all new Small Business Support grant program aimed to create resiliency and strengthen local businesses located within the Downtown Lansing business district. The program will provide vital funding assistance, in the form of reimbursement grants up to $50,000, to support small businesses looking to be a part of Downtown Lansing’s transformation as the community works towards recovery following the COVID pandemic.

If awarded, selected businesses will be able to receive reimbursement for project activities including:

  • Rent/mortgage payments
  • Utilities
  • Payroll
  • Equipment Costs & Inventory
  • Expenses for non-permanent mobile outdoor patio or retail pop-up sales space
  • Expenses for general marketing, technology to assist in connecting with customers

Eligible businesses must lease/own a space within District A of the Principal Shopping District Downtown, have 50 employees or less, and have been in operation for at least one year. To help diversify the businesses who call Downtown Lansing home, and offer an equitable Downtown experience where all feel welcome and belong, DLI’s goal is to award at least 40% of grants to women or ethnic-owned businesses.

View & Download the Small Business Support Grant Application

View & Download the Non-Profit Application

For additional information, attachments, or questions, contact Downtown Lansing Inc.’s Community Development Director at [email protected] or call 517-487-3322.