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LiNCS (Leaders in Neighborhood + Community Service) is a network of neighborhood and community leaders in the City of Lansing. The LiNCS network has two components 1) Weekly LiNCS update sent each Friday and 2) Monthly LiNCS meetings. The LiNCs network has hundreds of members and the information distributed is designed to be quickly cut and pasted into your neighborhood communication pages or newsletters. Please send any information you'd like included in the weekly notes and I'll be happy to include. Anyone can sign up to receive LiNCS updates HERE.

Community Painting Day
60 + Neighbors participated in Community Painting Day at the Penn4People Bridge 

#Penn4People Bridge Painting 

Be sure to visit the Penn4People Bridge mural painting.  Artists, community members, and young engineers and artists from Mt. Hope STEAM School have brought to life the bridge mural celebrating the Grand River, Potter Park Zoo, and the surrounding neighborhoods.  The project was generously funded by the Tri County Regional Prosperity Initiative and the LEAP Engage program.  it is designed to draw attention to this key corridor and is part of a larger effort to make the area more pedestrian friendly.  The bridge painting is one of many ideas the surrounding neighborhoods have to enhance their community and the Pennsylvania Ave corridor.  Learn more HERE

Mt. Hope STEAM School Students
Mt. Hope STEAM School Students
Mt. Hope STEAM Students

October LiNCS Meetings

Thank you to everyone who attended this month's LiNCS meetings.  The Mayor's Neighborhood Advisory Board grant applications were discussed and distributed.  Neighborhoods also shared project ideas and challenges.   

Some neighborhood generated ideas you might want to bring to your neighborhood:

Neighborhood enhancement
  • Activate vacant lots
  • “Welcome to” signs
  • Printing & Promotion materials for neighborhood organization
  • Neighborhood meeting/event supplies (tables, chairs, watercoolers, etc)
  • Neighborhood yard signs as meeting reminders
  • Neighborhood street sign toppers 
  • Community Gardening (Native plant gardens, garden benches, sculptures)
  • Neighborhood park cleanups/enhancements
Community Events
  • Picnics, block parties, porch fests
  • Bounce house, port-a-johns
  • Purchase equipment (movie projectors, popcorn machines, playgrounds)
  • Group outings (i.e. Lugnuts)       
The Neighborhood Advisory Board Grant Feedback meeting will be held on Tuesday December 14th 6:00 pm at Foster Community Center.  Bring your grant idea or draft application and get feedback from the board on ways to strengthen your proposal.  The grant preview is highly recommended, especially for first time applicants.   

Have a Great Idea for your Neighborhood? 

Apply for a $100 stipend & host a great block party or plan something bigger and apply for a small (up to $650) or large (up to $3,000) project grant. Ready to make an even bigger impact? Apply to take on a Love Your Block project of up to $5,000 and work directly with the Neighborhood Resource Team to bring your project to life.  See the 2017 Love Your Block project report link below for project examples. 

All applications are due Jan. 12, 2018 and funds are awarded April 2018. 

To learn more, contact members of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Board

Interested in serving on the board? Two spots are open.
Click here to apply to join the Mayor's Neighborhood Advisory Board.

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Join us for the 2nd Annual Fall Neighboring Leaf Cleanup Event in Baker Neighborhood or host your own neighborhood leaf cleanup as we get ready for winter in Lansing!

2nd Annual Baker Neighborhood Leaf Cleanup
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