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LEAP Accepting Applications for $11 Million Ingham County Sunrise Small Business Grant Program Until July 30, 2021
LANSING, Mich. (June 28, 2021) — The Ingham County Sunrise Small Business Grant Program created by Ingham County in April 2021 using $11 million from the county’s first tranche of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds will provide working capital grants to eligible Ingham County small businesses and nonprofits. The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) was selected to administer the program on behalf of Ingham County.
The grant application is now open and can be accessed on LEAP’s website at www.purelansing.com/sunrise, along with additional vital information to help eligible businesses and nonprofits craft competitive applications and apply.
Applications will be open until 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2021.
“We are excited to be partnering with LEAP on the Ingham County Sunrise Small Business Grant Program,” said Ingham County Board of Commissioners Chair Bryan Crenshaw. “There is no question; small businesses are the backbone of our communities and economy in Ingham County. As we are emerging from more than a year of crisis, this support is critical to the recovery and sustainability of our businesses and the communities they support.”
Eligible small businesses and nonprofits include those with 100 or fewer total employees and workers at a physical location in Ingham County and fewer than 250 employees worldwide, with at least 50% of the workforce located in Michigan which continue to experience financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Complete eligibility requirements are available at purelansing.com/sunrise/eligibility.
Critical to LEAP’s values and our region, the application process has been intentionally and collaboratively designed to address inequities in the economic impact of COVID-19 and subsequent inaccess to initial relief efforts for underrepresented communities, including Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), women, veterans, people with disabilities and people who are LGBTQ+. To ensure these efforts are effective, LEAP has contracted with a large group of local diversity, equity and inclusion partners to assist in designing the applications and review process.
“The Ingham County Sunrise Small Business Grants will be a great boost to small businesses and nonprofits that are just starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Bob Trezise, president and CEO of LEAP. “This is once again an enormous organizational task, one that LEAP is proud to execute on behalf of Ingham County, but it can only be accomplished with the crucial partnership of county leaders and the many local economic development and diversity, equity and inclusion partners and organizations involved.”
The Ingham County Sunrise Grant Program will provide grants to small businesses and nonprofits within Ingham County in the following business categories:
- Food and Beverage Service Establishments (restaurants and bars, food trucks, eateries, coffee shops, bakeries, catering, breweries, distilleries, wineries, tea shops, banquet facilities and other food and beverage service providers)
- Tourism and Hospitality Service Providers (events, entertainment, lodging and transportation providers and venues)
- Retail, Goods and Services (shops, boutiques, bookstores, hardware, health and personal care services, exercise facilities, professional services and other goods and services providers outside of prepared food or drink providers that fall into Food and Beverage Service Establishments)
- Child Care, Early Childhood Education and Activity Providers
- Nonprofits (such as libraries, museums, churches, religious centers, philanthropic, social service and advocacy organizations)
- Business Incubators and Entrepreneur Support Organizations (facilities and programs that provide private and/or shared working spaces, resources and a network to help business startups and small businesses find success and grow)
Complete eligibility requirements, application scoring criteria, description of the review process, FAQ and a list of organizations available to help applicants apply are available on LEAP’s website at www.purelansing.com/sunrise.
How We Can Help During the COVID – 19 Pandemic
Disability Network Capital Area is here to help! During the Executive Order to #StayHome#StaySafe, all staff are working remotely and are ready to assist. If you are not sure who to talk to, please contact our main phone number at 517-999-2760 and someone will promptly get back with you. If email is preferred, please reach out to [email protected]. You may also check out our Facebook page for the latest updates to programs and services, as well as find details on many local resources. We encourage individuals to also visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information that impacts our State. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in this time of uncertainty.
We applaud the plan for a playground that’s accessible and safe in Adado Riverfront Park
DNCAP Executive Director Mark A Pierce
Disability Network Capital Area supports the Community Foundation’s goal of bringing a universally accessible playground to the downtown Lansing riverfront. Lansing has ADA compliant parks, which refer to amenities such as walkways. A universally accessible playground builds on this aspect, with specially designed playground equipment that can be used by children with different abilities at the same time. Imagine a child who uses a wheelchair sharing a swing with their friend who does not. I can not help but smile.
It is exciting to see Lansing join the list of Michigan cities to provide this opportunity for their community. Playgrounds provide an opportunity for social connectiveness and healthy living, critical components for life development. For children with disabilities, who are dealing with chronic health conditions, the chance to be outside is vital.
The Community Foundation, in partnership with the City of Lansing, is developing the Lansing riverfront because it is an underutilized community asset that should be accessible and safely enjoyed by everyone. Their first project was Rotary Park. The Foundation was inspired by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, who built a universally accessible playground plan on the river.
The property is a corner lot, the base naturally sunken, with grass embankments topped by heavy railing at the street level. The embankments also help reduce traffic noise. There are plans for non-toxic trees and plants. The Foundation and the City also have plans for a cross walk with visual and audio functions. Along with the street entrance there will be two additional entrances to the playground.
Disability Network Capital Area provided the Community Foundation with technical support regarding accessibility and universal design. DNCAP looks at accessibility beyond the obvious such as parking spaces and walkways. Are there multiple forms of play? Types of ground materials? Colors and Spacing? Signage and use of Braille? A critical component of universal design is learning from others who have done it, soliciting feedback from community members through a survey, consulting with the designers and being open to problem solving.
The Foundation’s design team has been responsive to all the feedback: 1) Addition of a fence to enclose the playground. This will provide a barrier between the playground and the water. 2) A “Quiet Corner” was added for children who may need a calming place to go, inside the playground but away from the activity 3) Tactile panels and music making instruments are options for children to explore. Lastly, there are 14 accessible parking spaces at the entrance of the playground.
The Community Foundation is working hard to make this playground both accessible and safe. This is an ongoing process. Some questions cannot be addressed until the project breaks ground and can be visually evaluated. If you have ideas, I encourage you to reach out to the Foundation, so this park maximizes inclusivity and promotes the healthy development of all children for generations to come.
I am looking forward to opening day at the park!
Mark A Pierce MAML
Disability Network Capital Area