Detroit Evening Report: City accepting applications for 2024 Neighborhood Beautification grants

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The city of Detroit has announced that it’s opened the application process for 2024 Neighborhood Beautification Program grants this week.

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Detroit block clubs, neighborhood associations, faith-based groups and nonprofit organizations that currently own vacant lots or wish to lease up to four vacant lots from the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) for community projects are eligible to apply.

Grant awards range from $500-$15,000 to support projects in three categories: community gardens, public space improvements and clean-up activities. Nonprofit and faith-based organizations must partner with a city-registered block club within one mile of their facility to receive funding, according to the city. Funding is also available for clean-up activities on neighborhood lots leased from the DLBA through the Lot Licensing Program.

The city says the neighborhood beautification project has awarded more than $1.2 million in grants since 2022. 

A Q&A session will be held at 12 p.m. Jan. 31 for those seeking more information about the grant program. Those interested in applying for funding can do so at 

The deadline to apply is Feb. 23.

 Other headlines for Wednesday, Jan. 17:

  • The suspect accused of killing Detroit synagogue leader Samantha Woll was in court on Tuesday for the first day of his preliminary exam.
  • The Michigan Republican Party says it will hold special conventions in Detroit in early March to determine which presidential candidate gets most of the state’s delegates at the party’s national convention, according to The Detroit News.
  • Gas prices are up to an average of $3.02 per gallon in metro Detroit, an increase of four cents per gallon since Tuesday, and a jump of 12 cents from last week.
  • Officials are warning drivers to be aware of snow and ice, to slow down and to keep plenty of space between vehicles as extreme temperatures reduce the effectiveness of salt to thaw area roads.

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