Community Impact Grants

Apply for the 2023 Community Impact Grant. Organizations can receive up to $15,000 on a project or work focused on providing food or shelter or increasing access to food and shelter in our service area.

Applicant organizations must be nonprofits located within a 25-mile radius of Lansing and services must benefit those within a 25-mile radius of Lansing.

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An Impact Grant is not given every year. If the balance of the JLL Reserve Fund accrues to the amount of $85,000 or more, the Board can direct the Community Grants Committee to assess community needs and propose distribution of some or all of said excess Reserve Funds via a Community Impact Grant. The purpose of this grant is to significantly impact the community by providing financial support to a new or existing organization or program focused on essential needs of food and shelter.

Past recipients of the Community Impact Grant include:

  • 2019: $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity Capital Region for critical home repair program; $17,460 to Greater Lansing Food Bank for the purchase of 48 milk coolers to allow distribution of fresh milk; and $10,000 to the Allen Neighborhood Center for improvements to Hunter Park Garden House.
  • 2018: $6,221 to the South Lansing Community Development Association for improvements on an urban garden that supports refugee families by providing them fresh food. These grant dollars paid for a 4,700-square-foot drip tape irrigation system in the garden and other improvements. Additionally, $7,279 to the Refugee Development Center to support the direct distribution of food and clothes to refugees entering our community. It should be noted that 80% of refugees are women.
  • 2017: $9,600 to Haven House to assist with the purchase of new durable furniture for the common areas of the shelter including the dining and living rooms and bedrooms and $12,000 to SIREN/Eaton Shelter to expand their programming that addresses homelessness among childless adults.
  • 2016: $10,000 to St. Vincent Catholic Charities to provide housing assistance to refugee families resettling in the Lansing area.
  • 2014: $10,000 to Love Clothing Center to improve the service area of their center, making it more comfortable and inviting for the families they serve and efficient for their volunteers and $4,000 to Child and Family Charities to provide new carpeting for Angel House
  • 2013: $10,000 to Volunteers of America Michigan toward construction of the Sparrow Medical Clinic at Volunteers of America Michigan to serve the medical needs of the area’s homeless
  • 2011: $10,000 to the Michigan State University Children’s Health Initiative to help improve the primary treatment room at their pediatric sub-specialty clinic
  • 2008: $10,000 to City Rescue Mission of Lansing to build a teaching kitchen at their Maplewood Center
  • 2001: $10,000 to Otto Health Center in Lansing to help the center keep its doors open after a drop in government funding


For more information about the Community Impact Grant, please contact the Community Vice President at