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Bring the whole family to celebrate the future of the City of Lansing! There are many family friendly activities planned for the reception following the ceremony including: music from Mike Bass and interactive exhibits from Capital Area District LibrariesLansing's Capital Region International Airport (LAN)Impression 5 Science CenterInformation Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC), Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing LugnutsLansing Parks and RecreationPotter Park Zoo, and Reach Studio Art Center!

Office of Financial Empowerment a National Leader

Learn about the great work of your City of Lansing Office of Financial Empowerment.  See their spotlight in the national newsletter of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund HERE  Scroll down to page 5 for article.  Lansing is a leader in this work and is featured alongside cities such as San Francisco and New York.

If your New Year's resolution includes getting a handle on your household finances, make sure to learn more about and schedule a FREE appointment with the City of Lansing Financial Empowerment Center.  

Neighborhood Grants 
Applications Due 1/12

Grant Application Materials

Stipend Request

Grant Guidelines

Grant Application

2017 Grant Summary

See highlights of the 2017 grant projects, including a distribution of awards by ward.  Find ideas for your 2018 grant proposal. 

Host a Concert

Bring a Summer Concert to your neighborhood!

Dreaming of warm summer evenings in your favorite Lansing Park?  Each year the City of Lansing provides a FREE summer concert series at parks across the city.  You can apply to bring one of the concerts to your favorite park.  Find all the details and the brief application HERE

In 2017 the following parks were successfully requested by neighborhoods:

Sycamore Park
Moores Park
Cherry Hill
Fulton Park

The City of Lansing Department of Parks and Recreation handles all of the concert details.  Neighborhoods can partner to enhance the evening in many ways including:

  • Partnering with food trucks/vendors
  • Selling concessions as a neighborhood group fundraiser
  • Passing out neighborhood information
  • Hosting your neighborhood picnic during the event
  • Renting additional family fun features like bounce houses and inflatables
  • Adding a neighborhood or park tour before the event
For example, a new host site in 2017 was the beautiful riverfront Fulton Park, a hidden gem in Southwest Lansing.  It rivals Frances Park for the best sunset views in the city.  Neighbors from the LENO (Lansing Eaton Neighborhood Organization) such as Linda Appling, Nathan Hartley, Richard Miller, and Isaac Francisco worked hard to get the word out about this concert. Jason Wilkes of Averill Woods also promoted the event to neighbors with calls, emails, and social media.  The result was a fantastic evening attended by hundreds of neighbors.  

3rd Ward Lansing City Council Representative Adam Hussain said of the evening, "
The concert at Fulton Park proved to be the perfect event to bring people together from all across South Lansing and beyond. The ability to coalesce and celebrate our community through dance, music, and food was powerful and left everyone in attendance feeling good about Lansing. I also had many tell me they had no idea Fulton even existed and couldn't believe how beautiful the park was. The ability to highlight our beautiful park system is yet another benefit of this series." 

Tree Trimming Information

Find complete information about the BWL tree trimming program including schedule and notification process HERE  

Public Right of Way Tree Planting program 

Many neighborhoods have expressed interest in planting trees in the public right of way (the area between the sidewalk and the street).  The City of Lansing can partner with your neighborhood to plant trees. This is a good project for the Neighborhood Grant program or can be done through neighborhood fundraising.  Learn about the program HERE

Learn more at the Eastside Neighborhood Association Mtg

Wednesday, January 3 at 7pm in Room 209 at Foster Community Center.

Representatives from the Board of Water and Light will talk about their tree-trimming policies and have a conversation with residents about their processes. There will also be other updates from around the Eastside and the city of Lansing.


Planning for 2018

By request of neighborhood leaders, below please find many dates that neighborhoods may want to participate in, partner on, or plan around in the coming year:

1/12                 Neighborhood Advisory Board/Love Your Block grant applications due
1/25-26            LiNCS Meetings*
2/1                   Neighborhoods in Bloom Applications open
2/13                 Housing + Neighborhood Resource Summit, 4th Ward**
2/22-23            LiNCS Meetings
3/1                   LOVE Lansing Neighborhood Award Applications Open
3/15                 Neighborhoods in Bloom Applications Due
3/22-23            LiNCS Meetings
4/15                 LOVE Lansing Award Applications Due
4/24                 Housing + Neighborhood Resource Summit, 1st Ward
4/26-27            LiNCS Meetings
4/28                 MSU Global Day of Service (Volunteers Available for Nbhd Projects)
5/12                 Neighborhoods in Bloom Penn4People Corridor Planting Day 
5/16                 LOVE Lansing Celebration
5/19                 Neighborhoods in Bloom Neighborhood Planting Day
5/24-25            LiNCS Meetings
6/13                 Concert in the Park***
6/20                 Concert in the Park
6/27                 Concert in the Park
6/28-6/29         LiNCS Meetings
7/1                   Citizens Academy Applications Open****
7/4                   Independence Day Parade Neighborhood Strong 
7/4                   Concert in the Park
7/5-7/8             Common Ground Music Festival
7/11                 Concert in the Park
7/18                 Concert in the Park
7/25                 Concert in the Park
7/26-7/27         LiNCS Meetings
8/1                   Citizens Academy Applications Due
8/1                   Concert in the Park
8/15                 Citizens Academy Applicants notified
8/23-8/24         LiNCS Meetings
9/5                   Citizens Academy Begins (Wed. 6:30 pm  - 8:30 pm  No class 10/31)
9/18                 Housing + Neighborhood Resource Summit, 2nd Ward
9/27-28            LiNCS Meetings
10/25-26          LiNCS Meetings
11/14               Citizens Academy Graduation
11/16               Silver Bells in the City
11/20               Lansing SAVE Night, Lansing Eastern Fieldhouse
11/27               Housing + Neighborhood Resource Summit, 3rd Ward
12/13               2018 Grant Preview Day
*LiNCS meetings are offered 3x/month.  The Thursday meeting is at 6:00 pm and the Friday meetings are at 8:00 am and 12:00 noon.  All meetings are held at the Neighborhood Empowerment Center 600 W. Maple

**Housing + Neighborhood Resource Summits bring City of Lansing staff and community resources directly to citizens.  The event rotates around to each ward, but the entire city is always welcome to attend.  Event locations are being finalized and most are held at Lansing Public Schools. 

***Concerts in the Park are held on Wednesdays throughout the summer.  Locations and lineup are in development.

****The Lansing Citizens Academy will launch this year and will be a complement to the existing Lansing Citizens Police Academy  All facets of city government will be explored.  For reference, a good model program nearby is the Midland Citizens Academy.  

City of Lansing Employment Opportunities

Find City of Lansing current job openings HERE

Metro Lansing Living Winter

Find the guide HERE

Fire hydrant
Winter Parking Reminders

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Lansing Citizens Handbook

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