Individual facade improvements and other investments make an impact on the overall appearance, quality and vitality of Lansing’s commercial districts. This program was created to incentivize the private sector in making these exterior facade improvements via financial rebates for commercial renovation and beautification projects.


Approved projects are eligible to receive reimbursement after project completion in the form of a matching grant of up to 50 percent of the actual improvement costs, following this compensation schedule:

Eligible Project Costs                          Maximum Rebate Amount (%)

Up to $100,000                          40% + 10% (additional 10% if using Lansing contractors)


  • The building must be located within the Ridge Road TIF District (map viewable online)
  • The majority of the building's first floor must be dedicated to non-residential uses
  • Project cost ranging from $1,000 to $100,000
    *Applicants must plan to install at least $1,000 of material improvements (excluding installation) to qualify. Work must be completed before reimbursement application is made.


Potential Eligible Improvements

  • Significant Facade repair or improvements
  • Exterior Doors
  • Signage
  • Restoration of original architectural features
  • Replacement of private sidewalks, hardscaping, outside patios
  • Landscaping
  • New window or frame replacement and repair
  • Awnings
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Exterior building materials for building additions
  • Architectural design fees or other plan preparation costs
  • Other permanent exterior improvements may be considered