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City of Mt. Pleasant offering home exterior improvement funding for second year

The City of Mt. Pleasant currently has $90,000 available for home exterior improvement projects. $60,000 is available to owner-occupied homes located in the city’s West Side Neighborhood which is bordered by the Chippewa River, Pickard Street, High Street/M-20 and the western city limits. The remaining $30,000 is available to all other neighborhoods located within the city limits.

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) recently awarded the City of Mt. Pleasant a grant totaling $30,000 to specifically assist homeowners in the city’s West Side Neighborhood. MSHDA provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing, engage in community economic development activities, develop vibrant cities, towns and villages, and address homeless issues. The remaining $60,000 of funding is being provided by the City of Mt. Pleasant.

Selection criteria includes:

  • Single-family owner-occupied homes whose taxes are up to date.
  • Exterior projects only.
  • Household income at or below 120% median income.
  • No outstanding code violations.
  • No prior tax foreclosure on property within the city limits.
  • Properties who were awarded funds in 2020 are not eligible.
  • Minimum funding for a project is $1,000. 
  • Maximum funding with no monetary contribution by owner is $7,499.
  • Maximum funding of $10,000 with 25% of monetary contribution by owner above $7500.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021 grant program. Project implementation is underway. Information on future application opportunities will be posted when available.

For more information about this program, please contact Assistant Fire Chief Doug Lobsinger at or (989) 779-5123.

Owner-Occupied Incentive Program

As of March 2016, the City is no longer accepting applications for this program. Please continue to check back with this page for more information.

Neightborhood Resource Unit (NRU)

Department staff participate in the Neighborhood Resource Unit, a collaborative team that seeks to foster positive improvement in the City’s neighborhoods. Click here to learn more.

Neightborhood Mini-Grants

Thanks to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, the City requested and received a grant to offer mini grants to fund programs, projects or improvements within neighborhoods. Since the grant was received in 1999, over 50 mini grants have been awarded to various neighborhood groups for projects such as picnics and ice cream socials, Neighborhood Watch programs, landscape beautification, cleanup, and leadership training.

Click here for the application form.

Neighborhood Associations

The Neighborhood Resource Unit is seeking interested residents to help form neighborhood associations in four area of the City.

A neighborhood association is a group of neighbors who get together, share their ideas, thoughts, feelings and work cooperatively to make their neighborhood a better place to live. Neighborhood associations greatly improve the two-way communication between the city and its residents. Neighborhood associations can also encourage the following positive outcomes:

  • Facilitate achieving common neighborhood goals
  • Provide the neighborhood with a common voice and an effective means of communicating with government officials and other instrumental groups
  • Empowered neighborhoods can have greater input in events happening in their area and members can be more involved in decision making that affects their neighborhoods
  • Organize and help members work for preservation and improvements in their neighborhood
  • Planning and holding social activities for the neighborhood
  • Organizing neighborhood improvement projects

Neighborhood associations can also function as crime watch groups and will be eligible to receive mini-grant funding from the City for a variety of activities and improvements. Neighborhood associations will also have the opportunity to work with City staff to develop long-term plans for future investments in their neighborhoods.

If you are interested in assisting the City with the implementation of a neighborhood association in one of the four target areas, please email or call Assistant Fire Chief Doug Lobsinger at (989) 779-5123.